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Title: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Mustang Gregg on April 18, 2006, 01:24:27 pm
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Where & when was the westernmost battle of the Civil War?
I'll wager I get the right answers before sunset!   ;D
MG
Title: Re: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Malachi Thorne on April 18, 2006, 01:45:28 pm
Good Afternoon, Mustang Greg;

I would have to say the Battle of Stanwix Station, on or about 15 March 1862, immediately west of present-day Phoenix, Arizona; in which a detachment of Federal Troops under Captain McCleave engaged the Arizona Volunteers, an independent CSA Company, Captain Sherod Hunter, commanding.

I have the honor to remain,

Your Obedient Servant,

Bvt. Captain Malachi Thorne
Title: Re: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Major Matt Lewis on April 18, 2006, 02:29:18 pm
Are we talking land battle?
Title: Re: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Mustang Gregg on April 18, 2006, 03:34:40 pm
Major Matt Lewis:
Yes, I was talking land battles. 
I forgot to state that.

Hint:  Don't go by what the AZ Parks Dept says. 
I have found a different location to the westernmost battle.

Thanks,
MG
Title: Re: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Malachi Thorne on April 18, 2006, 11:04:19 pm
Good Evening, Mustang Gregg;

Hmmm...  I recall a fairly heated rivalry in the Owens Valley area of Central California at that time: miners of both Northern and Southern sympathies working adjacent claims -- that sort of thing, but nothing about armed conflict between regular or volunteer troops from either side.

Interesting sidenote to the miners quarrels, though: many early westerns were shot in the "Alabama Hills" area of the Owens Valley; the Hills were allegedly named after the CSS Alabama.  Overlooking the Alabama Hills, which are foothills to the Sierra Nevadas, is Kearsarge Peak -- named after the USS Kearsarge, which sank the CSS Alabama near Cherbourg, France during the late unpleasantness.  More about the battle between the USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama here (http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/civilwar/cw-cru/kear-ala.htm).  I suppose the showdown between the Kearsarge and the Alabama counts as the Easternmost battle of the Civil War...

I'll keep looking.

I have the honor to remain,

Your Obedient Servant,

Bvt. Captain Malachi Thorne
Title: Re: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Malachi Thorne on April 18, 2006, 11:32:01 pm
Good Evening, Mustang Gregg;

I have found reference to a skirmish fought between "partisan rangers" just outside of present-day San Jose, California.  I have not yet found a name for this battle, however.

I have the honor to remain,

Your Obedient Servant,

Bvt. Captain Malachi Thorne
Title: Re: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Mustang Gregg on April 19, 2006, 06:04:57 am
Malachi Thorne:

You got it right at your first post.  It was the Stanwix Station battle in June of '62. 
Many reckon that it was the Pichaco Pass battle near Picacho Peak. 
In fact the AZ signs (used to, anyway) say that the Picacho area was the site of the westernmost battle of the War Between the States.  I recollect that it was in April of '62.
There was one other site of a skirmish (not called battle) in AZ.  I would need to look the site of that one up.

Very Good, Sir! 
Mustang Gregg, Bvt Col, Commander
Nebraska Div, Dept of the Missouri
Title: Re: More Trivia for the GAF troops
Post by: Malachi Thorne on April 19, 2006, 10:15:18 am
Good Morning, Mustang Gregg;

Thank you!

I'll see if I can come up with a trivia question to ask next.

I have the honor to remain,

Your Obedient Servant,

Bvt. Captain Malachi Thorne