Gov. Nixon to create Civil War Commission

Gov. Jay Nixon will visit historic Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis Friday, April 2 to sign an executive order establishing the Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Nixon said the purpose of the commission is to increase awareness and understanding of Missouri’s role in the Civil War and to promote cultural tourism in Missouri as it relates to the Civil War and its legacies.

The signing will take place at 11:45 a.m. at the patio outside the Powder Magazine Museum.

Built in 1857, the stone powder magazine was used for storage of rifles, cannon, gun powder and prepared ammunition for the troops stationed at the Barracks, in the Mississippi valley and along the western frontier.

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