Volume VII in our Series "Unwritten Chapters of the Civil War West of the River"
Edited by Michael Banasik
In 1885, the St. Louis Missouri Republican began a Saturday series of articles on the Civil War by the participants, from the lowliest private to the most exalted general. Recollections begat more recollections and sometimes rebuttals; small controversies raged, but all with the utmost civility, as the nameplate ("Exchanging Civilities") that appeared above most of the articles would proclaim. The series ran for two years, comprising in all 94 articles, which dealt with all theaters of the war, including the high seas, from both the Northern and Southern perspectives. Being the home of most readers of the Republican, Missouri figures prominently in the series. Due to the number of pieces on Missouri and the Trans-Mississippi, editor Michael Banasik has grouped them by year. Part Two of Confederate "Tales of the War" contains articles on the second year of the war, from the Confederate perspective, including the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas (March 6-8, 1862), as well as the engagements at Lone Jack, Missouri (August 16, 1862) and Prairie Grove, Arkansas (December 7, 1862). Also presented are various pieces concerning the "Palmyra Massacre" (October 18, 1862), soldiering in Arkansas with an Arkansas regiment, and some short "Bits and Pieces" that are associated with the Trans-Mississippi, but have no real date associated with them. The Appendices include the most comprehensive Confederate Order of Battle ever presented on the Battle of Pea Ridge as well as the first recorded publication of General Blunt's request for a truce at the Battle of Prairie Grove, that had been lost since 1862. Subsequent volumes in our series will include articles covering the rest of the war, also those from the Northern point of view."Michael Banasik's collection and editing of Confederate newspaper reminiscences, as well as his thoughtful selection of enormously useful supplemental material, in Confederate 'Tales of the War' Part 2 comprise yet another important contribution to the historiography of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi theater. One greatly looks forward to future volumes from this highly recommended series."— Civil War Books and Authors.
Reviews of Part One:"Volume VII is yet another groundbreaking addition to a mature series of great value to the historiography of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi theater. Michael Banasik has outdone himself yet again with his skillful and generous editorial handiwork. Highly recommended."
Civil War Books and Authors
"Confederate "Tales of the War" In the Trans-Mississippi is a wonderfully edited work that follows the course of the war from the viewpoint of privates and generals alike...Allowing the original writers to speak for themselves, Banasik simply fills in holes for the 21st century reader. His expansive notes do not detract from the impact of the original authors and instead help make the work flow."
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