By Clarence R. Geier, Douglas D. Scott, Lawrence E. Babits

ISBN-10: 081304944X

ISBN-13: 9780813049441

“Civil conflict fanatics will locate the investigations during this booklet attention-grabbing. A cadre of expert, veteran archaeologists covers the continent—including camps and conflict websites in Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina.”—Robert ok. Krick, writer of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain

 

From those commemorated Dead is an important addition to the literature at the archaeological research of the yankee Civil warfare, and of clash in general.”—William B. Lees, govt director, Florida Public Archaeology Network

 

“Demonstrates the worth in an archaeological method of battlefield and comparable sites.”—David R. Bush, writer of I worry I Shall by no means go away This Island

 

Separating fantasy from truth, From those commemorated Dead makes use of ancient archaeology to discover the reality within the many conflicting stories of the yank Civil warfare which have been handed down via generations.


By incorporating the result of archaeological investigations, the essays during this quantity shed new gentle on many points of the Civil conflict. subject matters contain soldier existence in camp and at the battlefield, security mechanisms similar to earthworks building, the position of animals in the course of army operations, and a clean concentrate on the clash within the Trans-Mississippi West. delivering a number of tools and intriguing conclusions, this ebook screens the ability of archaeology in examining this devastating interval in U.S. history.

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The Battle of Boonville: A Short History Eyewitness accounts of the battle are few, probably because the engagement ended so ignominiously for the State Guard and the scale of the battle was small. The Boonville engagement was relatively well reported by the press: at least 10 newspaper correspondents either personally witnessed the action or arrived at Boonville in the days following the battle and received information about the fight from participants. In addition, at least 5 reporters accompanied Lyon’s column as it advanced on Boonville from Jefferson City, and possibly 3 were with Lyon’s forces as they advanced on land.

There he met Union Maj. John Chivington of the 1st Colorado Infantry, who was scouting toward Santa Fe in anticipation of finding Gen. Henry H. Sibley’s troops moving north against Fort Union. That meeting of opposing forces set the stage for intense fighting on March 26 and 27 resulting in a near-Union defeat but culminated in a victory literally snatched from the jaws of defeat. That pyrrhic victory saved the far west for the Union and destroyed Confederate Texas’ ambitions to claim the far west and its goldfields for the South.

In addition, Quartermaster General James Harding had been sent to Boonville earlier in June to transfer the State Guard armory from Jefferson City to that city, where he placed the weaponry in buildings at the fairgrounds (McGhee 2000: 26). A call was put out for State Guardsmen and recruits to muster at Boonville and Lexington, farther up the Missouri River. Reports of the number of State Guardsmen who assembled at Boonville vary from as few as 350 to as many as 5,000. Gen. Lyon (Scott et al. 2009: 82) believed that 3,000 to 4,000 State Guardsmen had congregated at Boonville.

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