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 Battle of Chickamauga - An Historic Walk of Snodgrass Hill and Horseshoe Ridge
    Mar 10, 1:00 PM
    Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP, 3370 Lafayette Rd, Chickamauga, GA 30707, USA
    From 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm on September 20, 1863, the wooded and hilly area around the small George Snodgrass farm was witness to one of the great defensive stands in the annals of the United States Army. Our guide will be author Robert Carter, long time Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP Volunteer.
  • Tour - On to Richmond! (KY)
    Fri, Jun 17
    Jun 17, 1:00 PM EDT – Jun 18, 5:00 PM EDT
    Richmond, 1546 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Richmond, KY 40475, USA
    A two day tour of Edmund Kirby Smith's Invasion of Kentucky from Big Hill to the Battle of Richmond!
  • 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!


Save 303 Critical Acres in Tennessee

Save 99 Crucial Acres at Three Western Theater Battlefields

Save 42 Vital Acres at Two Key Civil War Western Theater Battlefields

Western Theater On the Ground and Digital Learning Opportunities


Derrick Lindow presents:
Partisan Warfare in 1862 Western Kentucky

Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable

August 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM, CST
Evansville Fraternal Order of Police, 801 Court St,
Evansville, Indiana 47708

Free and open to the public!

For more information, click Learn More below, or contact Derrick Lindow.


Blue & Gray Education Society - Civil War on the Ohio. 

August 27th-29th
Darryl Smith will be leading a multi-day tour that will include Civil War sites and stories in Cincinnati as well as three battles involving Morgan's Raiders. 

This is a paid tour through the Blue and Gray Education Society.

For more information, click Learn More below.


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

March 11th & 12th, 2022
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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