Civil War in the Ozarks

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Pelican Publishing, May 11, 2009 - History - 160 pages
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"It's great to see a revised edition of this Civil War classic as the war west of the Mississippi gets more critical attention from scholars."-Ozarks Mountaineer

"This book is highly recommended." -Curled Up with a Good Book

In this revised edition, the late Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell provide new insight into the clashes that occurred in the Ozarks and additional commentary from experts. Explanations of the political and cultural conditions create a backdrop for the drama that unfolded as a result. An updated map is also included. In writing the original version of Civil War in the Ozarks, the authors extensively researched the battles taking place between 1861 and 1865. With meticulous detail, they chronicle the heroes, outlaws, and peacemakers who were at the center of this hot-blooded battleground.

Skirmishes between the abolitionist Kansas Jayhawkers and slaveholders in Arkansas and Missouri began years before the firing upon Fort Sumter, making the Ozarks a volatile and dangerous region during the Civil War. Although many citizens of Missouri wished to remain neutral, they reluctantly found themselves caught in the crossfire of raids between the two groups. Relocated Indian tribes of present-day Oklahoma also fell prey to the vicious fighting. As the war crept westward, more groups were drawn into the conflict, making the Ozarks one of the bloodiest regions in the battle between the Blue and Gray.

Phillip W. Steele is the author of several Pelican titles, including The Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse and Frank James: The Family History, The Last Cherokee Warriors, Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Old West, and Ozark Tales and Superstitions. He was a member of the Western Writers of America, the Jesse James Historical Society, and the National Outlaw and Lawman History Association. Steele passed away in 2007.

Former high-school teacher Steve Cottrell is a descendant of a Sixth Kansas Cavalry member who served in the Indian Territory during the Civil War. He has written extensively on the subject, and his books include Civil War in the Indian Territory, Civil War in Tennessee, and Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory. Cottrell resides in Springdale, Arkansas.


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This work gives an overview of the Civil War in the Ozark area including Missouri and Arkansas and some for Oklahoma or the Indian Territory. It does cover information that is not mentioned in other ... Read full review

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Abolitionists and proslavery forces were fighting in the Ozarks before the Civil War, though it came under Union control in 1862. The skirmishes thereafter between Union garrisons and Confederate ... Read full review


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Western writer Phillip W. Steele serves as president of the National Outlaw and Lawman History Association and is a member of the Western Writers of America. Steele's other books include The Many Faces of Jesse James, Jesse and Frank James: The Family History, and Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Old West. All are published by Pelican.

Steve Cottrell is a resident of Carthage, Missouri, and a descendant of a cavalry member who served during the Civil War. He has participated in several battle reenactments, including the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Glory . Cottrell is co-author of Civil War in the Ozarks and author of Civil War in the Indian Territory and Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory, all published by Pelican.

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