Campaign for Wilson’s Creek: The Fight for Missouri Begins (Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series #28) (Paperback)

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In early 1861, most Missourians hoped they could remain neutral in the upcoming conflict between North and South. In fact, a popularly elected state convention voted in March of that year that "no adequate cause" existed to compel Missouri to leave the Union. Instead, Missourians saw themselves as ideologically centered between the radical notions of abolition and secession.

By that summer, however, the situation had deteriorated dramatically. Because of the actions of politicians and soldiers such as Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson and Union General Nathaniel Lyon, Missourians found themselves forced to take sides.

Campaign for Wilson's Creek is a fascinating story of high-stakes military gambles, aggressive leadership, and lost opportunities. It is also a tale of unique military units, untried but determined commanders, colorful volunteers, and professional soldiers. The first major campaign of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River guaranteed that Missourians would be engaged in a long, cruel civil war within the larger, national struggle.


About the Author

JEFFREY L. PATRICK is the National Park Service librarian at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. He is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of American military history, and is the editor/coeditor of two Civil War diaries and a World War I period memoir. He lives in Republic, Missouri.


Praise For…

"Patrick provides an excellent overview of the campaign and battle of Wilson's Creek, the second major Confederate victory of the Civil War. Patrick's extensive research, use of lively quotations, and strong narrative combine for a compelling story." -Wilson Piston

"This manuscript's greatest strength, is the richness of its first-hand accounts and its multitude of quotes by participants themselves." -John C. Waugh

"This is an excellent manuscript to be included in the Campaign & Commanders series." -Steven E. Woodworth


The Campaign for Wilson's Creek is an interesting story of a battle that had a direct and lasting influence on a neighboring state. For Civil War buffs, it is a necessary addition to your library. −Jerry Turner, Mexia News

"What is so inviting about the entire series is the depth and length to which Civil War Campaign and Commanders Series writers go to tell more than just battlefield statistics."

— Eclectic Homeschool Online

"An excellent series [that] should be in every Texas school!"

— Empire Books

"The McWhiney Foundation Press provides an alternative to low- cost fluff with the Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series."

— Civil War News

"The narrative is written in clear and concise style...a good introduction to the subject for the general reader...""

— Gustav Person, Installation Historian, Fort Belvoir, VA
Product Details
ISBN: 9781893114555
ISBN-10: 1893114554
Publisher: State House Press
Publication Date: April 28th, 2011
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series