Ok, so if you're not a big Civil War nut, or even a history nut, you probably aren't going to like this book. I was in the army for 4 1/2 years, and I still didn't know a lot of the military terms they used. But most Civil War histories concentrate on battles in eastern states, and I'd always wondered what part Missouri, Kansas, etc. played in the war, so this was interesting to me. One thing that was especially educational was how the "Border War" between Kansas and Missouri began. And living in central MO, I could actually recognize the locations of the skirmishes and battles - Lexington, Concordia, Boonville; heck, even my hometown of Sedalia was mentioned!
One complaint that I do have is with the author's use of hearsay. When there are conflicting reports, or if there is no first-hand account of what a person was thinking/saying, etc., the author resorts to a lot of "he might have said" or "one would expect him to have thought at this time..."
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