- By William L. Shea

Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign

  • Title: Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign
  • Author: William L. Shea
  • ISBN: 9780807833155
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fields of Blood The Prairie Grove Campaign William L Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding fighting at Prairie Grove Arkansas one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War which effectively ended Confederate offensiv

    William L Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding fighting at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War, which effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River Fields of Blood provides a colorful account of a grueling campaign that lasted five months and covered hundreds of miles of ruggedWilliam L Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding fighting at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War, which effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River Fields of Blood provides a colorful account of a grueling campaign that lasted five months and covered hundreds of miles of rugged Ozark terrain In a fascinating analysis of the personal, geographical, and strategic elements that led to the fateful clash in northwest Arkansas, Shea describes a campaign notable for rapid marching, bold movements, hard fighting, and the most remarkable raid of the Civil War.

    1 thought on “Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign

    1. I had only the vaguest sense of this Civil War battle when I acquired this book. However, after having read it, the authors convinced me of the importance of what was, in essence, a drawn battle on the field--but a strategic Union victory when one saw the bigger picture. Why is the fight so little known? It was one of those Trans-Mississippi battles, and that portion of the Civil War has not been covered well. Key battles such as Wilson's Creek, Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge), and Prairie Grove rece [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book. It gives a nice overview of the Prairie Grove Campaign. Mr. Shea did a good job of explaining the objectives each side had before and during the campaign. He also did a fine job of showing each side's blunders. The inclusion of letters and journals of people involved with the campaign also was a nice addition. For anyone wanting an in depth review of one of the lesser know battles of the Civil War, this is the book to read. The only quibbles I have, and they are sligh [...]

    3. A very good account of a lesser known battle. It was a very informative and well written book. There is not much written about this battle in many of the popular histories of the war. I was happy to find this book presented me with all the information about the battle and the key events and people involved in it. A very readable account that keeps you interested throughout the narrative. It doesn't get bogged down by too much detail. I would recommend this to the Civil War enthusiast or someone [...]

    4. This is a very good narrative about the Arkansas campaigns in the Civil War. My neighbor's great grandfather was a regimental commander so he has the book and lent it to me. I commend it to others that make a study of the Civil War. It is comprehensive, thorough, and supported by research worhty of the better known campaigns you've read about. There is enriching detail and there are more relevant maps within the exposition than I am used to seeing- almost enough for my taste and interest (you re [...]

    5. Solid book on a lesser known campaign. Shea's style is a bit too dry for me but he is very fair in his analysis. The level of detail here is extreme.

    6. Just finished the audiobook of this (unabridged) and i must say it was a surprise . I had always assumed that prairie grove was an overblown skirmish between irregulars but in fact it was a full on military campaign and as hard fought as any.Hindman raised an army from literally nothing once van dorn had departed with the remnants of the army of the west and in a feat of organisation seldom equalled set out to retake missouri for the confederacy. After initial routs at old fort wayne and cane hi [...]

    7. A great book with an unfortunate title? Gen. Hindman a die-hard secessionist vs. Gen. Blunt, a brawling Kansas abolitionist. The Confederates have superior numbers, but the Federals have superior artillery. It's a classic Civil War story that covers all aspects of the campaign from grand strategic plans down to the diary entries of the lowly private. The Prairie Grove Campaign also includes one of the greatest forced marches of the Civil War, where Mid-Western boys marched over 100 miles in thre [...]

    8. A well done look at a little know but important battlefield in the trans-Mississippi during the U.S. Civil War. Shea describes the battle of Prairie Grove in NW Arkansas which sealed the fate of the Confederacy in the trans-Mississippi. He now only describes the battle in detail, but sets the scene of why and how it came about and who were the protagonists both leaders and soldiers.It is one of the better battle histories of the Civil War.

    9. Battle histories are notoriously difficult to read and can often become bogged down in detail. Shea does a good job of flushing out characters and keeping the narrative moving. Extremely well researched.

    10. After reading Shea's account of Prairie Grove, it astonishes me that this dramatic campaign is so little remembered. Shea is an excellent writer of military history and has produced one of the best campaign histories I've ever read.

    11. Good book for Civil War battle history buffs interested in a little known campaign in Arkansas. Well-written with clear maps

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