Rather than celebrating warfare, 50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Listed in order of their relevance to the modern world, they range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. This book is not so much about military strategy as the implications of the battles that were vital in shaping civilization as we know it. Some of the battles in this book are familiar to us all-Bunker Hill, which prevented the American Revolution from being stillborn, and...
The Southwest became prominent before the nation early in the war from the doubt existing as to the position
of Missouri, which was saved by the energy and determination of Frank P. Blair and Colonel Nathaniel Lyon;
the latter first capturing Camp Jackson, on May 10th, 1861.