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  • The History Press

    An insignificant crossroads in Mississippi was an unlikely battleground for one of the most spectacular Confederate victories in the western theater of the Civil War. But that is where two generals determined destiny for their men. Union general Samuel D. Sturgis looked to redeem his past military record, while hard-fighting Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest aimed to drive the Union army out of MS or die trying. Their armies collided in a story of overwhelming odds & American spirit.

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Confederate General Joseph Wheeler, served under Braxton Bragg in the Western Theater, and later in GA and NC. Went on to serve the US during the Spanish-American war as a Major General.

On the eve of the Civil War, Galveston was a jewel of the Gulf Coast—a booming city with a fine natural harbor and all the commerce and culture that attended it. Galveston was also home to the largest slave market west of New Orleans and a hotbed of secessionist sentiment. Once the war started, Galveston became the focus of Union efforts to take Texas, and Confederate efforts to defend it. Discover the role the Island City played during the war, including the dramatic Battle of Galveston.

General Simon B. Buckner, C.S.A. Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History via Flickr.