Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War

Sunday, May 19, 2 pm

Leo OlivaThe Kansas Historical Society announced that Kaw Mission State Historic Site will present Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War, by Leo E. Oliva, PhD. The presentation is the fourth and final presentation of the Kaw Councils 2013 educational program series and will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Kaw Mission, 500 N Mission Street, Council Grove. Regular admission fees apply, adults-$3 children-$1.

In this presentation Oliva looks at several important events on the Santa Fe Trail during the Civil War. Following a brief introduction to the war and the trail, including Bleeding Kansas conflicts on the trail prior to the war, the significant battles on the trail in New Mexico will be assessed, followed with an analysis of the "war within a war," the conflicts between the U.S. and Plains Indians. What happened at the ends of the trail contributed to the outcome of the Civil War. What happened in the middle of the trail was the growing intensity of the "Indian Wars" which eventually resulted in the defeat and removal of the Plains tribes from Kansas. The Civil War years were an important era in the long history of the Santa Fe Trail. Questions will be welcome after the presentation.

Oliva became interested in frontier military history during the 1959 centennial celebration of the founding of Fort Larned and has been researching and writing about frontier military posts and trails ever since. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, he earned graduate degrees at the University of Denver. He is the author of Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail, six of the eight volumes in the Kansas Forts Network series, and Fort Union and the Frontier Army in the Southwest. He has written several other books and many articles, most dealing with the frontier army and trails. He is a student of Kansas history and writes a weekly newspaper column on “Our Kansas Heritage.” A former university professor who retired to take over a family farming operation near Woodston, Leo continues to farm and write history. He was editor and publisher of the Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA) quarterly, Wagon Tracks, 1986-2011. He is former chairman and current treasurer of the Fort Larned Old Guard, friends support group for Fort Larned National Historic Site, which purchased the site of the Cheyenne and Sioux village on Pawnee Fork in Ness County that was captured and burned by Gen. W. S. Hancock’s command in April 1867. He is currently manager of the village site. He is a frequent lecturer on Kansas history, the frontier army, and overland trails. This winter and spring Oliva leads a monthly educational series on Kansas Forts & the Indian Wars in Kinsley, Kansas, www.kinsleylibrary.info.

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