Battlefield Dispatches No. 242: ‘Shot by Shot’

At approximately 3 a.m. in the morning on Oct. 26, 1864, the Confederate Army of Missouri, commanded by Mjr. Gen. Sterling Price, started to advance south (if you are of the Southern persuasion) or continued to retreat (if you are of the Northern persuasion) from the vicinity of Deerfield, Mo., towards Neosho and Newtonia in [...]

U.S. Grant Driving Trail comes to St. Louis County

Eight large educational panels will be placed in South St. Louis County along the trail connecting 35 miles of roadway that will stretch from Pacific to Jefferson Barracks.  The panels will describe aspects of Grant’s life in St. Louis and in Missouri as well as other Civil War themes.  The second phase of the project [...]

7th ANNUAL MEMORIAL LUMINARY DRIVING TOUR AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD ADMISSION IS FREE!!

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents the 7th Annual Memorial
 Illumination Ceremony featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those
  killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10,
                                   1861.
WHEN:  Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, 6424 West Farm Road 182,
Republic, Missouri.  Directions: Travel west on the James River [...]

Q&A: Springfield, Ill., resident has portrayed 16th president since 1970s

Making an appearance Monday night at Elsie Plaster Center on the Crowder College campus was the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Fritz Klein, Springfield, Ill.
Klein started portraying Lincoln in the 1976, when he was involved in drama as a hobby. At the time, he was a professional landscaper in [...]

Battlefied Dispatches No. 240: ‘Compelled to Fight’

At sunset (approximately 6 p.m.) on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1864 the last battle of the day occurred northwest of Deerfleld, Mo. This battle, like many battles in the Civil War has a few names. It has been called the Battle of the Marmaton, Little Marmaton Creek, Shiloh Creek and Chariot’s Farm which makes it very [...]

Historian fights to preserve battle ground

Among rolling Ozark Hills are the buried remnants of a once forgotten battlefield.
But thanks to the efforts of Lake Area historian and an Air Force veteran John Wilson, the fallen soldiers of Monday Hollow will come alive for future generations.
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Patee House commemorates Lincoln

St. Joseph played a key role leading up to the 1860 presidential election that saw Abraham Lincoln rise to national prominence.
A program on the 150th anniversary of Mr. Lincoln’s election was held Sunday afternoon at the Patee House Museum, during a meeting of the Pony Express Historical Association.
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Sesquicentennial panel starts Civil War website

In the Civil War, Missouri was a state of divided loyalties and a battleground for important early engagements that historians now believe helped decide the fate of the Union.
That history and the people who made it are key features of a new website launched yesterday by the Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
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MSU students shoot Civil War film in Sparta

Folks around Sparta might have seen some unusual people out in the woods Sunday.
Civil War soldiers were laying low on hand for a movie shoot.  Missouri State University’s Electronic Arts Program students were filming their senior project titled “South of Black Drink Crier.”
It’s the tale of a daughter’s quest to find her father during the [...]

Civil War marker dedicated 149 years after battle

For the first time in history, the Civil War soldiers who gave their lives at Monday’s Hollow have been remembered for their service. The Sons of Confederate Veterans performed an authentic Civil War military ceremony for the 39 (to as many as 62, according to accounts) Confederate soldiers and one Union soldier who were killed [...]