Civil War http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Event Celebrates 150th Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/annual-mary-meachum-freedom-crossing-event-celebrates-150th-emancipation-proclamation <p></p><p>The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing, on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, will be turned into a Civil War training camp tomorrow at the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MaryMeachumFreedomCrossing">11th annual Freedom Crossing Event Celebration</a>.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:04:06 +0000 Erin Williams 26506 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Event Celebrates 150th Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary Missouri’s Contentious Role In Civil War Explored Through Music http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-s-contentious-role-civil-war-explored-through-music-0 <p>As a border state during the Civil War, the state of Missouri was home to numerous battles and skirmishes.&nbsp; The state’s residents were divided, supporting both sides of the war.</p><p>Barbara Harbach is the composer of a new work called “A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for String Orchestra.”&nbsp; The piece has three movements and each represents a major chapter in the history of Missouri’s role in the Civil War.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 5878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri’s Contentious Role In Civil War Explored Through Music Bringing the Civil War in Missouri to life http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bringing-civil-war-missouri-life <p>The <a href="http://www.mohistory.org/">Missouri History Museum</a> is opening a new exhibit Saturday called &ldquo;The Civil War in Missouri.&rdquo;</p><p>There&rsquo;s a lot of ground to cover in a state that was bitterly divided by the war and saw more than 1,200 battles and skirmishes.</p><p>But the museum, founded just one year after the Civil War ended, has a treasure trove of artifacts from the era that bring the conflict to life.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Maria Altman got a sneak peak.</p><p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:35:06 +0000 Maria Altman 2451 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bringing the Civil War in Missouri to life The Battle of Wilson's Creek: remembering the 150th anniversary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/battle-wilsons-creek-remembering-150th-anniversary <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-981240.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-981240.mp3</a></p><blockquote><p><em>&quot;It&#39;s not the large, organized, and, later in the war, the drafted armies that you see on the East Coast. This is very personal. You know, you better know who your neighbor is, and where their sympathies lie, or they&#39;re going to be turning you in, so to speak.&quot; </em></p><p><em>- Connie Langum, National Park historian on the nature of Civil War battles in Missouri</em></p></blockquote><p>Today marks the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Wilson&#39;s Creek near Springfield, Mo.</p><p>It was the second major battle of the Civil War, after Bull Run, and the first major battle to take place west of the Mississippi River.</p><p>About 2,500 men died or were wounded at the site, which is now known as Wilson&#39;s Creek National Battlefield.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Maria Altman spoke with National Park historian Connie Langum about what happened on that day a century and a half ago, and how <a href="http://www.wilsonscreek150.com/Home.aspx">it will be remembered this week</a>.</p><p>Listen to their conversation above.</p><p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:35:56 +0000 Maria Altman 1832 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Battle of Wilson's Creek: remembering the 150th anniversary Morning headlines: Thursday, July 7, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-july-7-2011 <p><strong>Ameren&#39;s plan to dump coal waste moves forward</strong></p><p>Ameren&rsquo;s plan for a coal waste dump in an eastern Missouri floodway&nbsp; has moved a step forward.</p><p><a href="http://www.ameren.com/Pages/Home.aspx">Ameren </a>operates a power plant along the Missouri River in the Franklin County town of Labadie and dumps coal ash into two ponds. Those ponds are near capacity and Ameren wants to fill the river bottom with coal waste and surround it with a 20-foot-tall levee. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:22:55 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1590 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, July 7, 2011 Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-hopes-boost-civil-war-tourism With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning, tourists and history buffs are expected to travel to famous battle sites, such as Gettysburg and Bull Run, in record numbers. Missouri would like some of that attention — only Virginia and Tennessee contain more <a href="http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/bystate.htm">Civil War battle sites</a>.<p>Missouri was on the western front of the Civil War. The Battle of Wilson's Creek was fought there; in total, more than 1,000 skirmishes and battles took place in the state.<p>A few miles south of St. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:50:58 +0000 Maria Altman 1473 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism Thousands of visitors expected at anniversary of Civil War battle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/thousands-visitors-expected-anniversary-civil-war-battle <p>Thousands of spectators are expected in Boonville, Mo. this weekend for <a href="http://www.goboonville.com/civilwar.html">the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the Civil War&rsquo;s first battles.</a></p><p>The Battle of Boonville took place June 17, 1861 as Confederate-leaning Missouri Guard members met Union troops.</p><p>Boonville, a town of about 6,400 is expecting 700 re-enactors and 10,000 to 20,000 visitors.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:02:39 +0000 Maria Altman 1456 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Thousands of visitors expected at anniversary of Civil War battle Missouri's Civil War tipping point: 150 years after The Camp Jackson Affair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouris-civil-war-tipping-point-150-years-after-camp-jackson-affair <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-967717.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-967717.mp3</a></p><p>In the first weeks of the Civil War Missouri tried to remain neutral.</p><p>But May 10, 1861 was the tipping point.</p><p>In what came to be known as the Camp Jackson Affair, federal troops captured members of Missouri&rsquo;s militia and killed 28 civilians in the chaos that followed.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Maria Altman reports on what happened that day 150 years ago and how it forced Missouri into the war. Tue, 10 May 2011 11:35:30 +0000 Maria Altman 1198 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri's Civil War tipping point: 150 years after The Camp Jackson Affair Foundation raising funds for Mo. trail tracing Grant's Civil War path http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/foundation-raising-funds-mo-trail-tracing-grants-civil-war-path <p>Missouri&#39;s Civil War Heritage Foundation is trying to raise money for a driving trail exploring Ulysses S. Grant&#39;s path through the state in the first year of the Civil War.</p><p>The group is hosting a fundraising dinner next Wednesday at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.</p><p>Foundation president Gregory Wolk says they&#39;re working on a segment of the Grant Trail in St. Louis County and in talks with other counties about future projects.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 22:18:06 +0000 Maria Altman 921 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Foundation raising funds for Mo. trail tracing Grant's Civil War path Website to guide area Civil War travelers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/website-guide-area-civil-war-travelers <p>Civil War buffs who want to make St. Louis a part of their itinerary during the sesquicentennial of the war have a new website to help them plan their trip.</p><p>The Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Conventions and Visitors Commission unveiled the <a href="http://www.freedomsgateway.com/Home.aspx">Freedom&#39;s Gateway Web site</a> today.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:45:02 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 716 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Website to guide area Civil War travelers