Depends on where you are to the most part the folks east of the
Mississippi think the War in the west was a sideshow.
The folks in the West thought the world east of the Mississippi
forgot them and so they forgot the east.
To a point the Trans-Mississippi and the Department of Missouri was
a focal point for small battles as the numbers of folks involved go
but there is the tacticl question to look at as well.
(1) the loss of Missouri closed the invasion of the Northern states
like Illnois and Wisconsin and Minnisota. freeing troops for service
in the east. Where would Custer be without the "Wolverines" or think
of no Iron Brigade.
(2) The west lost is food, horses, manpower and the far west.
(3) Missouri is frought with the true intercine war.
(4) Kansas and Iowa and Nebraska have a clear path with Missouri in
Union hands but would have been cut off if lost to the Confederates.
so the so called great war of the east is a perspective, and well
earned but us Trans-Mississippi fans (I'm from Arkansas) are proud
of our war too.
Yous in service