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A Critique In the book Civil War in the Ozarks the authors Phillip W Steele and Steve Cottrell describe lifes perils and strategies during the Civil War in the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri Both authors have a rich family background with the Civil War Phillip W Steeles family fought on the Confederate side of the war and Steve Cottrells family fought for the Union forces With both authors having common interest in preserving Ozarks history they put together a historical review of the Civil War in the Ozarks In my opinion a Reb and a Yank respectively getting together to write on such an event in history is remarkable Although I would imagine that is why the book sticks with so many facts rather than to approach the aspects of the lives involved The book would have been more enjoyable to read if they had mingled a bit more of lifes stories within the battle events described According to the book Phillip W Steele and Steve Cottrell have extensively researched the battles that took place between 1861 and 1865 in the writing of this book They look at the heroes outlaws and peacemakers who influenced the role the Ozarks played in the War Between the States Back-cover Before the Civil War abolitionist and pro-slavery forces had been fighting in the Ozarks This book gives a detailed account of the Civil War battles that followed this era in the Ozarks Two of the most famous of these battles was the Battle of Pea Ridge p 48 and the Battle of Prairie Grove p 60 The skirmishes were more for supplies than territory The authors touched on the history of Quantrills Raiders and other lives of outlaws that evolved due to the war and violence p 56 When the war came to an end with Robert E Lees surrender at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 91865 the Union forces
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