A New Book On The Battle Of Wilson’s Creek

     I was checking out Civil War Books and Authors and learned that my friend Jeff Patrick’s book on the Battle of Wilson’s Creek has been published. CWBA gave the book, Campaign for Wilson’s Creek: The Fight for Missouri Begins, a positive review which does not surprise me. I worked with Jeff for about a year at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield when I was in grad school at Missouri State. If my memory serves me correctly, Jeff earned both his BA and his MA in History at Purdue. Jeff has been working at Wilson’s Creek in various capacities for many years; the last several as the park’s librarian. Wilson’s Creek NB has what is probably the largest library dedicated to the Civil War in the National Park Service system. Jeff knows the battle and its participants as well as anyone. If you have been reading this blog you know I wrote my Master’s paper on the interpretive history of Wilson’s Creek. Jeff provided me with more information, including primary and secondary sources, than anyone. He also proof read my paper more than once. I owe him a huge debt of appreciation. I ordered my copy of Jeff’s book today. Without even having read it, I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the first major battle of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River.

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