The Occupied Capital City

The smoke-belching sidewheeler which had been working its way upstream for the last two days nosed into the landing on the riverfront. It was Saturday and although the community appeared quiet on the surface, it was in confusion and turmoil. About three days earlier...

Lyon

Anyone who thinks physical size indicates the size of a person is a fool. One man’s life was involved in the history of our state for only five months. But his forceful actions kept Missouri in the Union and determined Union domination of our state throughout...

The Iron Brigade

It was a long time after the Civil War ended before some devout Southerners surrendered. Among them was a group of soldiers under General Joseph O. Shelby – remnants of a proud group of Missourians who called themselves “The Iron Brigade.” The...

Vicksburg

The scene had gone on for weeks. The garrison was so badly weakened, hungry, and sick there were fears it could not turn back another attack if one came. So the commander decided to surrender. He and the opposing general worked out terms of the capitulation under a...

Willard Hall

It was after the battle of Westport when a tired and battle-weary unit from Warrensburg was returning home. They heard shooting ahead and found a skirmish under way between other Union soldiers barricaded behind a stone wall and some Confederates. When the second unit...
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