In read, if they had mingled a bit

In the book Civil War in the Ozarks, the authors, Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell, describe life's perils and strategies during the Civil War in the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri.Both authors have a rich family background with the Civil War.Phillip W. Steele's family fought on the Confederate side of the war and Steve Cottrell's family fought for the Union forces.With both authors having common interest in preserving Ozark's history, they put together a historical review of the Civil War in the Ozarks.In my opinion a "Reb" and a "Yank" (respectively) getting together to write on such an event in history is remarkable.Although, I would imagine that is why the book sticks with so many facts, rather than to approach the aspects of the lives involved. The book would have been more enjoyable to read, if they had mingled a bit more of life's stories within the battle events described.
According to the book, "Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell have extensively researched the battles that took place between 1861 and 1865 in the writing of this book. They look at the heroes, outlaws, and peacemakers who influenced the role the Ozarks played in the War Between the States". (Back-cover) Before the Civil War abolitionist and pro-slavery forces had been fighting in the Ozarks. This book gives a detailed account of the Civil War battles that followed this era in the Ozarks. Two of the most famous of these battles was the Battle of Pea Ridge (p 48) and the Battle of Prairie Grove (p 60). The skirmishes were more for supplies than territory. The authors touched on the history of Quantrill's Raiders and other lives of outlaws that evolved due to the war and violence. (p 56) When the war came to an end, with Robert E. Lee's surrender at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, on April 9,1865the Union forces were the victors. I found that although