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Kentucky Cousins

Francis Preston Blair, Jr., Joseph Orville Shelby and Benjamin Gratz Brown are a part of one of the most remarkable families in the annals of Civil War history. All from Lexington, Kentucky, Blair and Brown descended from the Gist family of Maryland and Kentucky, as had Shelby,...

The Long Ride

In June, 1865, JO Shelby’s Missouri Calvary Division was the last Confederate military unit remaining in service in the former Confederacy. It never surrendered to federal authorities. Instead, it embarked on one of history’s remarkable odysseys. After the disaster at Westport,...

African-Americans’ War for Freedom – From First to Last

Ironically, it was a losing case, and the persistence of Dred and Harriett Scott of St. Louis who brought the case in 1847, which contributed more than any other single event to the coming of war and the abolition of slavery. The Scotts? suit, which was brought first in the...

Missouri’s Gallant 62nd

By STANFORD L. DAVIS During the Civil War, 186,000 ex-slaves and black freedmen joined the Union Army. Thirty-seven thousand of them would not see the beginning of the new society. Amongst these men of war was a regiment of veteran black Missouri troops who took part in what is...

Confederate Cavalry West of the River

Updated at January 22, 2007 08:01 The organized armies of the Trans-Mississippi South suffered two major defeats in the spring of 1862: at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, just south of the Missouri line, on March 6-7, 1862, and at Island No. 10, below New Madrid, Missouri, on April 8, 1862....

Civil War in St. Joe

Saint Joseph, Missouri, was the most northern southern city in the United States at the outset of the War of the Rebellion.  As neighborhoods and families were torn apart by sympathies to opposing sides, fierce tension brought the establishment of martial law to the city which...

Northwest Missouri Civil War Experience

Missouri’s past during the Civil War was very divided and the state was 3rd in having the most battles during the war.  Museum Hill Bed and Breakfast has created an awesome website dedicated to the history of the Civil War in the Pony Express Region of the state: Northwest...

Fr. Dickson Cemetery Tour Set for October 13

When: October 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m. Where: St. Louis County, Sappington Rd. between Watson and Big Bend. The Friends of Father Dickson Cemetery invites the public to take a short walk through history on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The event, in Crestwood, is being held in...

Franklin County Civil War Round Table

The Franklin County Civil War Round Table will hold its meeting at 7:00 PM October 29 at the Historic Court House, 15 South Church Street, Union Missouri. Please use the east door entrance. The presenter is Terry Wilson, chairman of the Franklin County Veterans Hall of Honor. The...
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