Extreme Civil War : guerrilla warfare, environment, and race on the trans-Mississippi frontier / Matthew M. Stith.Material type: TextSeries: Conflicting worlds: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, Description: ix, 218 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780807163146 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807163147 (cloth : alk. paper)Subject(s): Southwest, Old -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements | Southwest, Old -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Commando operations | Southwest, Old -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Commando operations | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns | Guerrilla warfare -- Southwest, Old -- History -- 19th century | Guerrilla warfare -- United States -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 979/.02 LOC classification: E470.45 | .S75 2016
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-211) and index.
"Ripe for the harvest": the border before the war, 1860-1861 -- "Civil War was fully inaugurated": the border war, 1861 -- "The depth of misfortune and misery": regular and irregular war, 1862 -- "The arch fiend could desire nothing more": the devolution of war, 1863 -- "Deplorable condition of the country": civilization extirpated, 1864-1865.
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CHOICE ReviewDespite the vast amount written on the Civil War, imaginative scholars find new aspects of the conflict and sources to explore them. Stith (Univ. of Texas at Tyler) takes on several of these topics. The trans-Mississippi, long neglected, was the site of more action than older accounts recognized, and by bringing in the also long-neglected topic of guerrilla warfare, Stith makes an important contribution to understanding the region and enriches understanding of the Civil War. His focus is the borderland where Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Indian Territory met. This was a diverse area where Native Americans and (mostly enslaved) African Americans made up 30 percent of the population. Much of this conflict predated the outbreak of war and was a carry-over from the debate, often violent, over the expansion of slavery into the territories. Stith takes a very broad approach, bringing environmental issues, such as drought and harsh winter weather, into the discussion. While the area studied is small and seemingly on the fringe of the Civil War, the issues Stith raises have much to say about the nature of the conflict between North and South. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. --William H Mulligan, Murray State University
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Matthew M. Stith is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Tyler.