For the last few years I have researched the history of the Adams-Gibson Louisiana brigade that served in the Army of Tennessee. Another scholar is preparing to submit a manuscript on the history of the Adams-Gibson brigade, and it was at that point that I calculated that I have been continuously working on research projects since about 1990. This led to a decision to take a much needed break and catch up on my long neglected reading about the Trans-Mississippi.
A few weeks ago I read Wiley Britton’s Memoirs of the Rebellion on the Border, 1863. First published in 1882, Britton writes of his experiences serving in the 6th Kansas Cavalry. I enjoyed reading his comments about the countryside, particularly since he campaigned in areas close to where I live. In addition, his comments about campaigning and civilians in the Indian Territory, southwestern
I also read The Civil War In The American West by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. in recent weeks. Published in 1991, this is a look at the big picture. Josephy made no attempt to write a complete or definitive history of the war in the West, instead he focused on five different episodes of the western war. The
“Throughout the Civil War, the military campaigns in the West were generally viewed by both