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Civil War and the West

The Indian Campaigns

Part One: It's All About Silver and Cattle

Part One: It's All About Silver and Cattle

As men began choosing sides and preparing to fight in America's Civil War, men in the West also were preparing to fight for their lands and their way of life: The warriors of America's Indian tribes.

The Indian Wars of 1861-1865 are a little-recognized facet of America's Civil War, but it was a struggle that both Union and Confederate troops faced west of the Mississippi River.

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The Southwest

Rebels Push Into New Mexico Territory to Grab California Gold

Rebels Push Into New Mexico Territory to Grab California Gold It surprises many people to hear that the American Civil War actually reached into the Southwest, into today's states of Arizona and New Mexico, and that Confederate forces once occupied Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Compa...
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Texas

The South Gets Troops, Guns, Cotton and a Link to Mexico

The South Gets Troops, Guns, Cotton and a Link to Mexico The plan seemed perfect. About 5,000 Union Army troops aboard 20 Navy vessels would leave from New Orleans, travel up the Sabine River in Texas, capture Sabine Pass and begin a Federal invasion of Texas. And why not? By mid-1863 Union forces controll...
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Louisiana

New Orleans Falls, But the State Remains a Southern Lifeline

New Orleans Falls, But the State Remains a Southern Lifeline The next time you visit New Orleans' beautiful French Quarter, take a moment to drink a toast to Mayor John T. Monroe; if he hadn't given up the city to Union forces in 1862 without a shot being fired, much of the historic buildings you're seeing mig...
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Kansas

Here’s Where Some Say the American Civil War Really Started

Here’s Where Some Say the American Civil War Really Started Kansas, Bloody Kansas. Men murdered in cold blood, others wounded or beaten, a town sacked, buildings burned, homes looted, women robbed - and all of this even before the American Civil War began.

For seven years, from 1854 until 1861, pro-slavery, an...
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