Missouri’s Civil War: a State Divided

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year on major events that took place in Missouri. The Show Me State had more battles on its soil than any other states except Virginia and Tennessee.

 

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Civil War Web site
2:45 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Website to guide area Civil War travelers

The broken sword of Lt. Col. John Knapp will be part of a Missouri History Museum exhibit on the Civil War.
(Missouri History Museum)

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.

The Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Conventions and Visitors Commission unveiled the Freedom's Gateway Web site today.

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Civil War
6:40 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Missouri’s Civil War: reconciling differing views 150 years later

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War begins in April.

There were some 1,200 battles and skirmishes fought on Missouri soil. Only Virginia and Tennessee saw more clashes.

Missourians were often fighting their own neighbors, or even family members, as the state’s residents split between the Union and Confederacy.

One hundred fifty years later, Missourians still are not unified in how they remember the war or even what to call it.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, some hope the sesquicentennial will change that.

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Civil War sesquicentennial
12:06 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

New book about Civil War focuses on St. Louis

A screen capture of the cover of Adam Arenson's new book, "The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War" (The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War Facebook page)

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

And just in time comes historian Adam Arenson’s new book “The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War.”

While Arenson is a professor at the University of Texas El Paso, he spent a year in St. Louis doing research for his book.

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Civil War sesquicentennial
12:57 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Slave sale to be staged in St. Louis for Civil War sesquicentennial

A memorial at the Zanzibar Anglican Cathedral depicting slaves to be sold at auction. A reenactment of a slave auction is planned in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 15. (Flickr Creative Commons User missy & the universe)

Slave auctions were once commonplace in Missouri. Families were separated, people were property and the event of the auction itself was a harsh one.

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011, the St. Louis American reports on the plan for several local organizations to reenact a slave auction -- right on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

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