The Civil War Hub of ArkansasOn September 19, 1862, General Orders Number 135 was drafted at Washington, D.C. This document explained the included states that constituted the Department of the Missouri for the United States forces west of the Mississippi River. The Department was made up of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and the Indian Territory and it was to be commanded by Major General Samuel R. Curtis, whose headquarters was at Saint Louis.

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Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.

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