of Conflict Series
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A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War
Edited by William Garrett Piston and Thomas P. Sweeney
Brother pursues brother in this
heavily fought-over state
“This award-winning series is a major contribution and
welcome addition to Civil War history.”
—The Journal of Southern History
“[Piston and Sweeney] bring to this work the eyes of
a preeminent historian of the Trans-Mississippi and an expert
in the photographic legacy of the war years. . . . [They]
have tied photographs and stories to an overall narrative
of the Civil War in Missouri. The goal [of the series] always
has been to let readers grasp more fully the basic humanity
of the Civil War experience.
Ideally the reader will emerge from this work with an understanding
that war involves more than grand strategy and tactics, that
real men and women ultimately fought, sacrificed, and often
gave their lives in this great national struggle.”
—From the foreword by Carl Moneyhon and Bobby Roberts,
general editors of the Portraits of Conflict Series
A deeply divided border state, heir to the “Bleeding
Kansas” era, Missouri became the third most fought-over
state in the war, following Virginia and Tennessee. Rich in
resources and manpower, critical politically to both the Union
and the Confederacy, it was the scene of conventional battles,
river warfare, and cavalry raids. It saw the first combat
by organized units of Native Americans and African Americans.
It was also marked by guerrilla warfare of unparalleled viciousness.
This volume, the ninth in the series, includes hundreds of
photographs, many of them never before published. The authors
provide text and commentary, organizing the photographs into
chapters covering the origins of the war, its conventional
and guerrilla phases, the war on the rivers, medicine (Sweeny’s
medical knowledge adds a great deal to this chapter and expands
our knowledge of its practice in the west), the experiences
of Missourians who served out of state, and the process of
reunion in the postwar years.
William Garrett Piston is professor of history
at Missouri State University and the author of a number of
books, including Lee’s Tarnished
Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History.
Thomas P. Sweeney is a retired physician
and long-time Civil War historian. He and his wife opened
the first museum at Missouri’s famous Wilson’s
Creek battlefield site.
8 1/2 x 11, 300 pages, 243 photographs, index
ISBN 978-1-55728-913-1 | 1-55728-913-1