About The Western Theater in the Civil War

This is no ordinary Civil War site. Here, we focus on the most important theater of the war, the Western Theater. This space will offer you the chance to read work by the best scholars, writers, and researchers in the Western Theater area of study (including the Trans-Mississippi).  Authors of some of your favorite campaign and battle studies are featured, as are National Park service rangers, battlefield guides, respected bloggers, and up and coming historians. You can always expect to find quality content related to the most important theater of the American Civil War. To make sure you never miss a post, subscribe at the bottom of the page!

You will also find events that involve our team of writers, as well as learning opportunities with some of the most respected historians today.  This allows you the chance to delve even deeper into the Western Theater of the American Civil War.


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Upcoming Events

  • The First Ohio Invasion
    Sat, Sep 03
    Washington Riverfront Park
    Sep 03, 10:30 AM
    Washington Riverfront Park, Lock House Rd, Ravenswood, WV 26164, USA
    The Great Indiana-Ohio Raid of 1863 was not the first Confederate incursion on Ohio soil. In 1862 Albert Gallatin Jenkins led his Virginians across the "boot" of the Buckeye State. Come join this car caravan tour to learn about the Trans-Allegheny Raid in Ohio!
  • Symposium on the Field - Perryville
    Fri, Oct 21
    Perryville Battlefield SHS
    Oct 21, 5:00 PM – Oct 23, 3:00 PM
    Perryville Battlefield SHS, 1825 Battlefield Rd, Perryville, KY 40468, USA
    Our first Symposium will feature the Battle of Perryville with a series of tours led by historians, each focusing on a portion of the Perryville story.
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Preservation Opportunities

Support Western Theater Battlefields!

The American Battlefield Trust has several efforts that include saving ground at Western Theater battle sites.  Please consider preserving our history by clicking on the links below to donate today!


Help Preserve 311 Acres at Four Historic Battlefields

Western Theater On the Ground and Digital Learning Opportunities


Spring Fest - Perryville Battlefield, KY

May 7th - All Day
There will be lectures throughout the day. Check out the website for the times of the lectures. There will be food vendors, education and informational booths. Cost is $5.00 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and veterans and $3.00 for children. Tickets will give your access to the bird walks, lectures, and museum.

For more information, click Learn More below.


Memorial Day Weekend Cemetery Tour - Greenwood Cemetery - Hamilton, OH 

May 28th - 10:00 A. M.
Darryl Smith will be leading a tour of those soldiers buried at Greenwood who were killed or mortally wounded in action during the war.  Meet in the GAR section.

This tour is free.  Any donations made will be given to the Butler County Historical Society.

For more information, click Learn More below.


Seminar in the Woods
An annual deep dive into the Battle of Chickamauga.

March 10th & 11th, 2023
Join National Park historian Jim Ogden and noted Chickamauga author David Powell for this two day extravaganza.

For more information, click Learn More below

On the Ground and Digital Learning Opportunities are events focused on the Western Theater, but not hosted by this site. For more specific details, contact the hosts. If you are hosting a Western Theater event, and would like it posted, please contact us!



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