William H. Kern of Fort Bragg, North Carolina developed the proposal for the Monroe’s Crossroads staff ride and secured funding through the Legacy Resource Management Program. John H. Jameson, Jr., of the Southeast Archeological Center, National Park Service, Tallahassee, Florida provided us the opportunity to develop this document. Linda Zumpe and Joyce Hawthorne of the Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, provided administrative support and managed to iron out several wrinkles to keep us going. Judy Hewett of Southern Pines, North Carolina drew the situation maps. Martin Pate of Newnan, Georgia executed the oil paintings of the battle. Sharyn Kane and Richard Keeton of Marietta, Georgia edited and designed the staff ride.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Wilbur S. Nye (Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired) whose early research into the battle provided a foundation for our work. Stanley M. Dahl (First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Retired) and James Legg collected and preserved relics from the battlefield. They generously shared their research. In addition to various well-known accounts, we searched for long neglected historical sources and integrated them into the narrative. We tried to dispel the myths and apocryphal stories which have grown up about the battle by putting the events described in the appropriate historical context. Finally, we endeavored to take a fresh look at the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads with a view toward training American soldiers in the art of war.