Civil War in the West


Shiloh, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Lookout
Mountain: these are beautiful names but are ones that
evoke images of death for students of the American
Civil War. These are but a few of the battles and campaigns
that occurred west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Perryville, Stone’s River, Vicksburg, Chattanooga,
Atlanta and Franklin are the other battles and campaigns
that we will study in this course.

Many prominent Civil War historians believe that the
war was actually won between the Alleghenies and
the Mississippi River (the American West in the mid-
1800s). They point to the emergence of important
western men who were leading the Union Armies,
such as Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman
and Philip H. Sheridan, who forced the Confederate
Armies to surrender in both the West and the East.
Confederate Generals Albert Sidney Johnston, Braxton
Bragg, Joseph E. Johnston and Nathan Bedford
Forrest would not be able to hold back the Union tide.
We will follow the war in the West from the capture of
Forts Henry and Donelson in February 1862 through
Sherman’s March to the Sea in the late fall of 1864.
The instructor will use lectures, visual aids and discussion
to bring the drama of the times to life.


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