Saturday, November 26, 2011
Gerteis on the conventional military side of the Civil War in Missouri
In May 2012, University of Missouri Press will publish Louis Gerteis's The Civil War in Missouri: A Military History. It is highly unfortunate that the overwhelming amount of amateur and scholarly Missouri guerrilla war publications have obscured the state's significant (and, to me, endlessly fascinating) conventional war experience. Before now, no one has attempted an all encompassing examination of the regular campaigns and battles in the state. Although Gerteis himself didn't pay much attention to the subject in his previous work, Civil War St. Louis -- a fine socio-political city study if you're interested --, I remain optimistic about this book's landmark potential.