In the first weeks of the Civil War Missouri tried to remain neutral.
But May 10, 1861 was the tipping point.
In what came to be known as the Camp Jackson Affair, federal troops captured members of Missouri’s militia and killed 28 civilians in the chaos that followed.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports on what happened that day 150 years ago and how it forced Missouri into the war.
St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.