December 2, 1861 – The second session of the first Republican-dominated Congress opened amid growing discontent with the way the Lincoln administration was prosecuting the
October 25, 1861 – Major General John C. Fremont touted the Federal recapture of Lexington and Springfield as great victories, but they did little to
August 11, 1861 – Demoralized Federal troops began a long retreat in Missouri following yesterday’s defeat, and the victors did not pursue. The Federal retreat
August 10, 1861 – Federals not only suffered a second major defeat within a month, but they lost an army commander as well. In early
August 9, 1861 – Two opposing forces inadvertently advanced upon each other in southwestern Missouri, setting the stage for the second major battle of the
July 5, 1861 – Secessionists defeated a Federal detachment in a minor clash as both sides scrambled to link with larger forces in southwestern Missouri.