Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Liberty (also known as the Battle of Blue Mills Landing), Sept 17, 1861. A new marker has recently been placed by the Alexander Doniphan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in partnership with the Clay County Museum and Historical Society and Liberty Parks and Recreation. Click on link below for more info and to read text of the marker.
The Clay County Historical Museum, located on Liberty’s courthouse square, is perhaps the nicest local history museum in Missouri. Liberty caters to tourists and has many interesting places worth visiting. Even though two significant Civil War events occurred in Clay County, it is worth visiting on its own right. Be sure and plan to take their Historic Liberty walking tour.
Today marks the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Dry Wood Creek, Sept. 2, 1861. Photos provided by the courtesy of Will Tollerton at the Bushwhacker Museum.
Here is a short video about the battle from Things You Should Know.
We’ve picked the August Site-a-thon Contest winner! Watch the video for the drawing. To keep the surprise, we ask that you refrain from mentioning the winner’s name in the comments section. Congratulations to the winner and a big thanks to all who participated!
Although the Order Number 11 site (400 East Mechanic St., Harrisonville) is currently closed, their outdoor monument is still available to visit. It has educational panels about the order and the history of the Burnt District. To get your passport stamped while you are there, email email@example.com or call 816-380-4396.
Another participant has recently completed the Missouri Civil War Passport Program! Dave Bundy received his last stamp on August 15, 2020.
Today marks yet another Civil War battle anniversary in Missouri: the Battle of Lone Jack, August 16, 1862. The Lone Jack Historical Society had a lot of detailed information about the battle on their website:
Here, also, is a video about the engagement from Things You Should Know:
Today marks yet another battle anniversary. The First Battle of Independence, Missouri was fought on August 11, 1862. Here’s an article about it from the website, Civil War on the Western Border.
The restored Independence Jail is open and worth a visit to learn how the citizens of Independence suffered during the war.
Today marks the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10, 1861. We are providing two presentations associated with the battle.
1. An interesting National Park Service video tour of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.
2. General Nathaniel Lyon, the commander of Union forces at Wilson’s Creek was killed during the battle. As he was the first Union general killed in battle during that war, we have attached a collection of pictures and short articles showing how his men, Missouri Unionists, and the North reacted to his death.
Today marks another anniversary: The Battle of Kirksville, August 6, 1862. Here’s a short video from the people at Things You Should Know.
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Athens, Missouri, August 5, 1861.
Prior to the battle of Wilson’s Creek, Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon pursued the secessionist Missouri State Guard to the state’s southwest corner, but his movement’s also left many stranded secessionists behind Union lines as an unintended consequence. The small battle at Athens in extreme northeast Missouri on August 5,1861, reveals a typical Missouri scenario early in the war. Believed to be a pro-Southern hotbed, Athens was seized in July 1861 by pro-Union Home Guard Colonel David Moore and 500 men. Moore captured many horses and his men bivouacked in the town buildings. In hopes of liberating the town on the Des Moines River, a pro-southern Missouri State Guard force of more than 2,000 men and a motley 3 cannon collection, including a reinforced hollow log, under Colonel Martin Green approached.
Although outnumbered, Moore’s men were better armed and fought off the attack, captured 450 horses with full tack, hundreds of arms, and a wagon load of long knives. The defeat demoralized the secessionist State Guard efforts in Northeast Missouri. They lost the initiative and were obliged to avoid capture by their pursuers rather than move on their own. Although the Battle of Athens secured northeast Missouri for the Union, it gave a taste of things to come: as Lyon’s quick move southwest left many yet-unorganized but armed secessionists behind over much of the state.
Long known as the “farthest north” battle of the Civil War, Athens was the closest that actual combat came to the state of Iowa [on the other side of the river from Athens].
Source: Mr. Hall’s American History Class
For further reading, see Anders, Leslie. “Farthest North: The Historian and the Battle of Athens,” Missouri Historical Review, Vol. 69, Issue 2, Jan. 1975, pp. 147-168.
Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Carthage. Too bad the Battle of Carthage Museum has had to close again until July 31.
From the Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum:
3 days ago
The safety and well-being of our customers and employees remain our top priority. Following safety procedures for Covid-19, the Civil War Museum will be closed July 1st thru July 31st. We hope you can come and the visit the Museum at a later date. Thank you for your understanding.
Today is also the anniversary of the Cole Camp Massacre, June 19, 1861.
The Cole Camp Museum is scheduled to reopen July 1. Museum Hours will be from 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesday thru Saturday, and 1 pm to 4 pm Sunday. A DVD showing a re-enactment of the battle is available.
In the Civil War Missouri Passport Book, at the top of the Cole Camp Massacre page, there is a quote from Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson where he said that the Battle of Cole Camp was the “greatest fight of the war.” That speech, as recorded in the Richmond, Virginia Daily Dispatch newspaper on July 29, 1861, reveals the governor’s attitude and intentions concerning his efforts to carry Missouri out of the Union. Below is a link to the original article and an easy to read transcription of the article.
Below the two newspaper articles links is a link to an interesting article on the Battle of Cole Camp by Nick Burchett. The article shows the brutality of the war and the divisions that existed between some of the rural communities in Missouri. It is also a glimpse of what the next four years would be like in Missouri.
Original Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper article:
Transcription of the above article:
“The Battle of Cole Camp” by Nick Burchett:
Celebrating Juneteenth in Missouri…
As we observe Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, we are highlighting an important artifact in our Civil War in Springfield gallery. This original lithograph print was designed to honor Missouri’s Emancipation Ordinance.
Only three weeks before the United States Congress proposed the important 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, Missouri passed this crucial proposal forever abolishing slavery in the State of Missouri. In St. Louis, not long before the end of the Civil War, delegates at a state constitutional convention met and took a vote of 60 for and 4 against in January of 1865. Governor Thomas Fletcher and his Missouri State Legislature stood firmly behind the new decision and put the law into action at once.
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Boonville, June 17, 1861. Enjoy another informative video from the people at Things You Should Know.
Here are some of the photos participants have taken while visiting sites in the Missouri Civil War Passport Program
Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cape Girardeau (April 26, 1863). CSA Gen. Marmaduke’s failed attack here ended his 2nd Missouri Raid.
Here’s a virtual tour of Fort D Historic Site from 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjJeG69T3ys
We recently received a question about verifying passport visits with a photo instead of a stamp, due to the sites being temporarily closed. The answer is yes. The Guidelines for Bicentennial Certificate of Completion, found in the passport book and on the website still apply. https://mo-passport.org/guidelines/
Stay healthy and remember to keep six feet apart from others while visiting the battlefields and parks.
Remembering the Battle of Pea Ridge which began 158 years ago today and took the lives of C.S.A. Generals Ben McCulloch and James McIntosh.
Today marks the 158th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of New Madrid, the first stage of the operation to capture Island No. 10. This was an Army-Navy combined operation that resulted in the first Union victory on the Mississippi.
The New Madrid Historical Museum (a stamp site) has a large collection of artifacts from the fighting in and around New Madrid. http://www.newmadridmuseum.com/exhibitsDetail.php…
Here is a brief video about the engagement: