Though the First and Second Battles of Newtonia did not match epic Civil War battles like Antietam, where over 3,500 soldiers were killed in a single day, and Gettysburg, where twice that number died in three days of fighting, such smaller engagements were just as important to the men who lived through them. The ones who didn't were just as dead, and, for a brief time at least, the combat often raged just as violently. With the approach of the sesquicentennial of the war, some of the lesser-known battles are finally getting their due. Join local resident and historian Larry Wood as he expertly chronicles both Battles of Newtonia, the first of which, in 1862, was the Confederacy's first attempt to reestablish a significant presence in Missouri and the only Civil War battle in which American Indians comprising units of regimental strength took opposing sides. The second battle--a fight that was "fierce and furious" while it lasted--stands as the last important engagement of the Civil War in the state.
Other books in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series include: The Battle of Westport f The Battle of Antietam f The Battle of Franklin f The Chancellorsville Campaign f The Battle of South Mountain f Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign f Charleston Under Siege f Andersonville Civil War Prison f The Civil War at Perryville f Fort Davidson and the Battle of Pilot Knobb f The Battle of Port Royal f The Confederacy's Secret Weapon f Lee in the Lowcountry f Defending South Carolina's Coast f Facing Sherman in South Carolina f The Battle of Brandy Station f The Battle of Cedar Creek f The Battle of Fredericksburg f The Battle of Piedmont f The Battle of New Market Heights f Big Bethel f The Battle of Mine Creek f West Virginia in the Civil War f Civil War Atlanta f The Battle of Okolona and more!