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Arkansas

Arkansas Was the Key to Keeping Missouri in Union Hands

Arkansas Was the Key to Keeping Missouri in Union HandsPea Ridge National Military Park, just east of the small northwestern Arkansas town of the same name, not only is one of the nation's most intact Civil War battlefields, it is the site of the most pivotal battle waged in the struggle for the West.
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Missouri

The Civil War's First Major Battle Fought in the West

The Civil War's First Major Battle Fought in the West Ten miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri, just off Farm Road 182 near where it intersects Missouri Highway ZZ, you'll find the entrance to Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, one of the nation's lesser known Civil War battlefields.

Think of Wilso...
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California

Union Forces Rush to Fortify San Francisco Bay

Union Forces Rush to Fortify San Francisco Bay The idea was simple: outfit a schooner for war, recruit a crew of Southern sympathizers, capture one of the mail steamers that each month sailed out of San Francisco Bay carrying at least a million dollars in gold, then go terrorize the Pacific Coast...
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California

Gold, Southern Sympathies and the Texas Threat

Gold, Southern Sympathies and the Texas Threat Confederate general escaping into the desert, Texas soldiers heading west to invade, a troop of California militia "going over" to kill Yankees, and a Confederate privateer planning to sail boldly into San Francisco Bay.

It's a story big enough only f...
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The Indian Campaigns

Part Two: War Against the Apaches, Navajos

Part Two: War Against the Apaches, Navajos When the federal government at the start of the Civil War ordered regular Army troops to return to the East to fight Confederate forces, it created a power vacuum in the West.

"The Apaches watched the Army ride off, abandoning many frontier forts as t...
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