Monday, November 28, 2011

The Civil War in Indian Territory

Recently, Drew Wagenhoffer mentioned on his blog that the next issue of Blue & Gray Magazine would feature the war in the Indian Territory. Today, I received the issue in the mail, and it looks like a winner! The author is Michael J. Manning, and the issue's introduction states that he "is currently Chief Ranger at Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee. He resided in Oklahoma for a long time and attended college at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah...his first job in the history field was working as an interpreter at Fort Gibson Historic Site near Muskogee."

The issue has the classic Blue & Gray treatment with lots of maps, photographs, and "The General's Tour" of significant sites. Pleasingly, this is part one of the magazine's coverage of the war in the Indian Territory. Part two will be published "near the end of the sesquicentennial period." This issue covers April 1861 to September 1, 1863. The actions discussed in this issue are Chusto-Talasah, Chustenahlah, Bayou Manard, Old Fort Wayne, 1st Cabin Creek, Honey Springs, and Devil's Backbone. Enjoy!

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