July 10-13, 2019
A BGES Civil War Field University Program
Missouri experienced the Civil War like no other state. It was much more than guerilla warfare; it was a political North Star that was integral to the national debate. Missouri had plenty of men ready to fight for either side, a robust economy, mineral resources, and the mighty Mississippi River along its eastern boundary. St. Louis was a central gathering spot for all these factors, and thus the city–along with southeastern Missouri–became a bitter battleground with engagements at New Madrid, Island #10, Cape Girardeau, and Pilot Knob. Missouri was certainly the “Show Me State,” and we will show you why it was so important to this great American Civil War.
Kyle Sinisi graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1984 with a bachelor’s of art in History. Following four years of active duty service in the United States Army, he attended Kansas State University, where he earned both a Master’s of Art and a Ph.D. He came to The Citadel in 1994, where he teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses but concentrates on the Civil War, World War II, U.S. military history, and the history of weaponry. He is a two-time recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award, The Citadel’s annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is co-editor of the “Total War Series” line of books for the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, and Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century. He is the author of The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864 (A.M. Pate Award for best book of 2015 on the Trans-Mississippi Civil War) and Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism. Kyle currently is at work on a biography of Gen. Samuel R. Curtis and a study of Charleston during the Civil War.