As a border state during the Civil War, the state of Missouri was home to numerous battles and skirmishes. The state’s residents were divided, supporting both sides of the war.
Barbara Harbach is the composer of a new work called “A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for String Orchestra.” The piece has three movements and each represents a major chapter in the history of Missouri’s role in the Civil War.
Today's 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam got us thinking: What if Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner could revisit some of the original sites he photographed? If he used his equipment today, what would the images look like? That is: How have the landscapes changed - or stayed the same?
"It'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're going to be turning you in, so to speak."
- Connie Langum, National Park historian on the nature of Civil War battles in Missouri
Today marks the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Mo.
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.
About 2,500 men died or were wounded at the site, which is now known as Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.
St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman spoke with National Park historian Connie Langum about what happened on that day a century and a half ago, and how it will be remembered this week.