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This week our spotlight points to Bates County Museum, stamp site for the Battle of Island Mound. Many events are coming up at the museum. Here is a word from Museum Director Peggy Burh:
“The Bates County Museum officially opens to the public on April 1st each year and the season runs through October 31st; however, I am usually here and people are welcome to tour the museum but we don’t maintain regular operating hours. Our normal hours are Tue – Fri, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm and Sat, 9:30 am – 12 noon. We maintain a page on Facebook:
facebook.com/batescountymuseum, as well as our website: Batescountymuseum.org.
“Border War, Guerilla War, Civil War on Missouri Border Research Library: The winter months have been exceptionally busy this season as we have been gifted with donations of two important private collections pertaining to the Border War, Guerrilla Warfare, (centering on Quantrill), and the Civil War. The Museum was honored to be selected as the site that each of these individuals chose to house this important collection. Bates County was ground zero in the destruction of General Orders No. 11 in August of 1863 so it seems fitting that our Museum would house a research library for researchers, historians, and future generations to be able to access and enjoy.”
Upcoming Events:
“On March 21st a special ceremony will be held by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Westport Camp #64 to honor a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient buried in Butler, Missouri’s Oak Hill Cemetery. Freeman Davis served as Captain in the 80th Ohio Infantry. The ceremony is open to the public. Oak Hill Cemetery is located at 715 East Mill St., Butler, Missouri 64730. I will speak about Mr. Davis’ life in Butler and am honored to participate in this prestigious ceremony.
“Missouri’s Bicentennial commemorations are in full swing and our Museum will host the Bicentennial Quilt on April 27, 28, and 29. We are pleased to be one of the sites in our area that will host the Quilt. Further celebrations will occur on Missouri’s actual anniversary date, Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The Museum will host an ice cream social, music, guest speaker, and other special recognitions to celebrate our state’s 200th birthday.
“Missouri State Parks has recently informed me that the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site’s commemoration event will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the site. The Bates County Museum partners with Missouri State Parks and enjoys participating in the event. Reenactors, living history demonstrations, music, guest speakers, food, and usually a few interesting interactive things for kids to enjoy. It’s always a great event and is held every three years.”
The Battle of Island Mound is the first time a unit of black soldiers engaged in combat during the Civil War. Reporting on the battle, The Daily Conservative newspaper, of Leavenworth, Kansas, stated the 1st Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry (Colored) “proved that Negroes are splendid soldiers.” This was almost nine months before the “Glory” 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Colored) attacked Ft. Wagner, S.C., as seen in the movie, “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington.
CW Research Room
Island Mound Mural
Pictured in this post are the Bates County Museum, Border War, Guerrilla Warfare, & Civil War Research Room and the Battle of Island Mound mural at the museum, all courtesy of Bates County museum.
Today we shine our light on New Madrid Historical Museum, stamp site for the Battle of New Madrid and Island No. 10. The first stage of the battle started 159 years ago today, on March 3, 1862, and Island No. 10 was surrendered on April 8.
Here is a word from the museum:
“The New Madrid Historical Museum is open seven days a week with our hours of operation expanding beginning April 1st (check our Facebook page). At the museum you can actually knock out TWO empty squares in your passport books, as we have both New Madrid and Island #10. We feel like the Passport Program is a great way to explore not only the history of that conflict but also to get you to visit areas of the state you may not otherwise have reason to see.
“Our Civil War Room focuses primarily on the 1862 campaign in and around New Madrid. We have also just acquired a Union staff officer’s sword and we will have it on display sometime very soon. The museum also features exhibits on the Great Quakes of 1811 & 12, as well many other periods in the history of the Bootheel region going back over a thousand years. We hope to see you at the museum!!”
While in the area, be sure to visit another stamp site, the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, only two miles away. In April, the Higgerson School Historic Site will open. It’s located at 307 Main Street, New Madrid.
Photos courtesy of New Madrid Museum.
This week we shine our spotlight on Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Here is some good information from Park Ranger Billie Aschwege:
The purpose of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is to commemorate the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, preserve the associated battlefield, and interpret the battle within the context of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West.
The battlefield is open seven days a week (weather permitting). The battlefield is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Visitor Center opens daily at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. (The Visitor Center is currently closed for renovation, check the park website before visiting for information regarding a reopening date). Park hours are subject to change and are normally extended during the spring, summer and fall. Please visit our park website for current tour road hours.
The Visitor Center contains a thirty-minute film, a bookstore and an exhibit area displaying museum artifacts and a fiber optic map. A Civil War research library is open to visitors from Tuesday through Saturday. (https://www.nps.gov/wicr/planyourvisit/index.htm)
A variety of interpretive programs are typically offered April through October. Educational field trips occur in the Spring, Summer and Fall and are by reservation only through our education office.
Contact Information: Billie Aschwege, Park Ranger Interpretation. For reservations, call 417-732-2662 x249. Curriculum guides 4th-12th grade can be downloaded from the park website.
For a schedule of events, please visit our park website at https://www.nps.gov/wicr and visit our Facebook page for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.
Other NPS sites in the area:
George Washington Carver in Diamond, Missouri
Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Van Buren, Missouri
Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas
Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri
Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri
February 18, 1861, was a significant date in Missouri’s Civil War history. It was the date that the state voters went to the polls to elect three representatives from each state senatorial district to represent them at the upcoming state convention, a convention Governor Jackson thought would be a secession convention. While many know state conventions were used to separate slave states from the United States, many are unaware of the specifics of how that was done. The link below leads to a description of that process, with examples of how Missouri and three other states handled the process.
Pictured below is the Mercantile Library in St. Louis, courtesy Missouri History Museum. The first meeting of the Missouri State [Secession] Convention was held at the Cole County Court House in Jefferson City on February 28, 1861. After the election of a convention president and the adoption of the rules of the convention, the convention moved to the Mercantile Library in St. Louis for better accommodations. The convention met here from March 4th to March 22, when it adjourned to meet again on the third Monday in December 1861.
This week, we point our spotlight on Carthage Civil War Museum, stamp site for the Battle of Carthage. Both the museum, and the nearby Battle of Carthage State Historic Site, are open. The museum’s hours are: Tues-Sat, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun., 12 – 5 p.m.
Here is a word from Steve Cottrell, museum attendant, author and historian:
“Spring highlights will include a new on-loan exhibit of about 15 relics from the war from a generous collector. We are having suitable descriptive cards printed up right now. We enjoy being part of your Passport Book Program and have sold many copies here and stamped a lot of copies as well.”
Missouri Civil War Passport Program


Ft Sumter Brittanica
Star of the WestThe first shots fired between the North and the South in the run-up to the Civil War were shots fired at a merchant ship, the Star of the West, attempting to deliver supplies to the garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. For a fascinating account by a reporter on the Star of the West, click the link below.
Fort Sumter image: Currier & Ives./Library of Congress (LC-USZC2-2354), accessed via Britannica.com. Star of the West image: Harper’s Weekly, January 19, 1861.
Spotlight on Clay Co Museum
Today we shine our spotlight on Clay County Museum, stamp site for the Battle of Liberty. They have reopened in February after cleaning and updating, and have several new displays. Drop by and see the new “Scouts” exhibit on the lower level.
Here’s a word from Museum Curator Chery Carr Holtman:
“We have revamped displays that deal with the Civil War, The Battle of Liberty/Blue Mills Landing and bios on people involved from both sides of the battle. We will also continue to show our documentary, The Battle of Liberty/Blue Mills Landing, daily and, of course, stamp passports.”
The current hours are Mon – Fri, 1p.m. – 4 p.m, and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
While you are in town, be sure to visit the Liberty Jail Historic Site (216 N Main St.) and Jesse James Bank Museum (103 N Water St).
ReceptionPictures are from their Facebook page:
Today we aim our spotlight on History Museum on the Square, stamp site for the Second Battle of Springfield.
History Museum on the Sq
Here is a word from Guest Experience Manager Katie Turer:
“History Museum on the Square is located right on historic Route 66 in Springfield, MO. Our six permanent galleries tell the stories of significant events in Springfield and create distinct and intentional dialogues about objects, individuals, and history–dialogues that foster examinations of unique aspects of Springfield, Greene County and its people. A rich and vast collection of artifacts, photographs, and stories of the crossroads are combined using innovative technologies. Take a ride in our Trolley Time Machine, see if you are as good a shot as Wild Bill Hickok in a recreation of the first Wild West Shootout, explore what Springfield was like during the Civil War, and travel down the Mother Road to the place where Route 66 got its name.”
History Museum on the Square
Current Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
While you’re in town, be sure to check out the Route 66 Visitor Center (815 E. St. Louis St.), then head down to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Today we shine our spotlight on another site in the passport program: Cass County Historical Society, stamp site for Order No. 11. We want to thank them for their dedication to the program and being so accommodating, often making special arrangements to meet with stamp seekers when the museum is closed.
Beginning February, they will have new hours:
Mon & Thurs: 10 am -7 pm;
Tues & Wed: 9 am – 4:30 pm;
Sat 9 am -1 pm (Recommended to call, as not all Saturdays have coverage yet)
Office is closed from 1 pm-2 pm, Mon -Thurs for lunch.
Here is a word from the executive director, Jennifer Reed:
Burnt District“Visitors can still view the Burnt District display panels as well as visit the Burnt District Monument just 1 1/2 miles down the road. Currently we have a Cass County military display that runs from the Civil War to Desert Storm. All of these are self-guided.
Sharp-Hopper Log Cabin
“We will be resuming tours in May at the 1835 Sharp-Hopper log cabin on site. They will be limited to 30 minutes and masks are mandatory. Tours will be available upon request during our regular business hours listed above.
“Other local historical areas of interest are the historic Harrisonville Square which features the Cass County Courthouse, built in 1896. We also have a driving tour brochure for anyone who wants to drive around Harrisonville taking in the historic homes.”
Next Thursday, Jan 25, at 7 pm they will be hosting an online trivia game trough their Facebook page:
Below is a link to their website:
Spotlight on Hardware Store
Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Hartville, January 9-11, 1863. This year, instead of focusing on the battles on their anniversaries, we want to shine a spotlight on the stamp site associated with each.
Here’s a word from the Hardware Store:
“The Hardware Store is a nod to all of Hartville’s past hardware merchants. There has been a hardware store at the center of the community for over 120 years until 2013. Our 1901 space was left vacant for 5 years, leaving the community to travel long distances for their home repair needs. We purchased the space in February 2018 and have lovingly cleaned, restored and restocked the store, opening in July 2018. There is still a long road ahead with big plans for the future!
Through commerce, we will make our contribution to the revitalization of a community we love. We are ‘Building a Life in Hartville, one bolt at a time.'”
The Hardware Store
Note: The store is temporarily closed, but is scheduled to reopen January 11. Check their Facebook page before heading over:
Spotlight on Cooper's Oak
Today marks the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Roan’s Tan Yard, January 8, 1862. This year, instead of talking about the battles on their anniversaries, we want to shine a spotlight on the stamp site associated with each.
Here’s a word from Cooper’s Oak Winery:
“Cooper’s Oak Winery in Higbee, MO, is proud to be the passport stamp location for Roan’s Tan Yard. We welcome all visitors to our winery/distillery and offer free tastings and tours. We’re open Monday through Friday 11 – 4 and Saturday 12 – 5. Closed Sunday.
We currently follow Covid-19 regulations by social distancing our seating area, making hand sanitizer available, and masks are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!”
Cooper's Oak Winery
Mt. Zion
Today is the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Mt. Zion Church, December 28, 1861. This was the last organized battle between the Union Army and Gov. Jackson’s secessionist Missouri State Guard.
Click on the link below for a short video from Things You Should Know:
(Mt. Zion Church photo courtesy of the Hughes Camp SCV.)
Congratulations to Andrew Porter, the 7th person to complete the Missouri Civil War Passport Program! He has made the journey alongside his grandmother, Sheila Mickey Porter. Sheila said that Andrew “has been very active visiting Civil War sites and events since 2011 at the age of 6, and by 8, he was doing CW reenacting and living history events with the Turner Brigade’s 1st Mo. Co. E Engineers.”
Some events coming up in 2021 where Andrew will be doing living history include:
Five weekends at Fort D in Cape Girardeau, Pilot Knob in April (for spring drill) and in September (for the reenactment), and Liberty Days at the Stars and Stripes Museum in April.
If you haven’t already, check out what Sheila wrote about the last leg of their journey:
His name has been added to the Honor Roll section on our website:

Pea Ridge_Warren Love
State Representative Warren D. Love will be leaving the Missouri Legislature this year due to term limit requirements. For the past eight years, he has served Hickory, St. Clair and parts of Benton and Cedar counties (House District 125). He has been a huge supporter of the Missouri Civil War Passport Program from the beginning, often sharing Facebook posts and plugging it in his Capitol Reports. We would like to thank him for his service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
To learn more about Rep. Love and what he has accomplished, visit his website at:
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today marks the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Belmont, Nov. 7, 1861. This was the first attack of war led by Gen. U.S. Grant.

Click below for a short video on the battle from Things You Should Know:


Click below for a short article from the New York Herald, Nov. 9, 1861 which includes a cool map:


Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Congratulations to Mark Snyder! He is the 6th person to complete the Missouri Civil War Passport Program. Who will be lucky number 7?

Visit the Honor Roll section of our website mo-passport.org to see the list of all who have completed the program so far.


Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today also marks the anniversary of the Second Battle of Newtonia, October 28, 1864, the last battle of the Civil War fought in Missouri.

Matthrew Ritchie Home

Click on the link below for a battle summary from the American Battlefield Trust’s website. “The Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association preserves and interprets the Matthew H. Ritchey home and 25 acres of surrounding 1862 and 1864 battlefields. Most of the battlefield is on private lands. The Ritchey home served as both Union and Confederate headquarters at different times during the battles.” —American Battlefield Trust

(Photo: Matthew H. Ritchie Home, 2013, National Park Service)

Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today we remember the Battle of Island Mound, October 28-29, 1862. This was the first time a unit of black soldiers engaged in combat during the Civil War.

Island Mound State Park

Click the link below for a short informative video and a look at the battlefield from Missouri State Parks:

Click below to watch an educational film depicting the story of the Battle of Island Mound. It is available for sale at some of the state historic sites and parks or by ordering online.


Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today also marks the anniversary of the Battle of Marmiton River (a.k.a Charlot’s Farm or Shiloh Creek), October 25, 1864. It was the last battle of C.S.A. Maj. Gen. Price’s 1864 raid into Missouri.

Charlot's Farm

Following the Battle of Mine Creek, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price continued his cartage towards Fort Scott. In late afternoon of October 25, Price’s supply train had difficulty crossing the Marmiton River ford and, like at Mine Creek, Price had to make a stand. Brig. Gen. John S. McNeil, commanding two brigades of Pleasonton’s cavalry division, attacked the Confederate troops that Price and his officers rallied, included a sizable number of unarmed men. McNeil observed the sizable Confederate force, not knowing that many of them were unarmed, and refrained from an all-out assault. After about two hours of skirmishing, Price continued his retreat and McNeil could not mount an effective pursuit. Price’s army was broken by this time, and it was simply a question of how many men he could successfully evacuate to friendly territory. Source: Dept. of the Interior.

Marmiton River Battle Map

Click here for a tour of the battlefield from TheCivilWarMuse.com, which is tour stop #6 of the tour, “Price’s Retreat from Westport.”


(First Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, accessed via CivilWarontheWesternBorder.com)

Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today marks the 159th anniversary of the First Battle of Springfield (a.k.a. Zagonyi’s Charge).


(Photos: Maj. Charles Zagonyi, Library of Congress, marker photo courtesy Waymarking.com)

Click below for a battle summary by a NY Tribune correspondent, published in E. S. S. Rouse, The Bugle Blast. Challen & Son, 1864, p. 91-94.


Click below for a letter from Maj. Gen. Fremont to President Lincoln praising Maj. Zagonyi, and asking him to confirm his rank and give him further promotion.


Missouri Civil War Passport Program
Today we remember two more battles during C.S.A. Maj. Gen Price’s raid in Missouri: The Battles of Byram’s Ford (a.k.a Big Blue River) and Westport, October 22-23, 1864.

Click the links below for two unique tours, courtesy of the Civil War Muse. Be sure to see the related links on the left side of the page.




Click on the link below for a local TV news feature about the Battle of Westport:


Note: The stamp site for these two battles listed in the Civil War Missouri Passport Book is the Battle of Westport Visitor Center. That visitor center is no longer participating in the program, as they require a visitor fee in order to receive a stamp. While we assume most people will want to take advantage of visitor centers and displays associated with battle sites, for both the educational value and as a way of supporting the work of preserving the site, we did not want to have a fee requirement to receive a stamp, as those requesting stamps may have already paid the fee during a previous visit. Therefore these two stamps are no longer required to receive a certificate of completion for having visited all of the sites in the Passport Book. A copy of each stamp is available on the Missouri Civil War Passport Program website* which can be printed and pasted in your passport book.


Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today is also the anniversary of the battles of Little Blue River & Independence II that took place in and around Independence, Missouri during Oct. 21 & 22. This battle was part of C.S.A. Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s 1864 invasion of Missouri.

Click on the link below for a tour of the six historical markers associated with the battles, courtesy of the Civil War Muse.

Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Congratulations to Jimmy and Jeannette Lee who have successfully completed the Missouri Civil War Passport Program! Certificate of Completion #5 will be awarded to them.

Jimmy and Jeanette
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Fredericktown, October 21, 1861. This was the first battle by forces serving under Gen. Grant, although Grant was not present at the battle.

Fredericktown Plaque
Battle of Fredericktown drawing
Fredericktown Civil War Museum
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today marks the anniversary of the Second Battle of Lexington, October 19, 1864. This battle was part of Confederate Gen. Sterling Price’s 1864 invasion of Missouri after most thought Missouri was no longer in danger of another Confederate raid. The map below shows the movement of troops a few days prior to the battle. Image courtesy of Collins, Charles D. Jr., Battlefield Atlas of Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864. Combat Studies Institute Press, 2015.

Lexington II Map

Click on the link below for a brief summary of the battle from the blog, The Adventures of Billy Max.

Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today we remember the Battle of Glasgow, Missouri, October 15, 1864. Bloody Bill Anderson’s gang ransacked the town several days after the Union-CSA battle. Click on the link below to read an essay from the Glasgow Missourian, September 19, 2014, by Kenneth Westhues.


Glasgow Square
Glasgow info marker
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today we recognize yet another battle: the First Battle of Newtonia, September 30, 1862. This was one of a very few Civil War encounters in which Native Americans fought on both sides. Black and white photos are courtesy of the Newtonia Civil War Battlefield/Ritchie Mansion, the stamp site for the battle.

Ritchie Mansion B&W

Click below to see the battlefield marker…


Netonia battle map

Today marks the anniversary of the Centralia Massacre, September 27, 1864, involving Bloody Bill Anderson.

The Centralia battlefield website has a virtual tour of the grounds and monuments, as well as a short video of a local historian talking about the battle and the 2014 reenactment.

Click here for tour:

Today marks the 159th anniversary of the Sacking of Osceola, Missouri, Sept. 22, 1861. Although it was not one of the sites selected by the 1990 Civil War Site Advisory Commission as nationally significant, from a Missouri point of view, it was significant. For that reason, we decided to include it in the Civil War Missouri Passport Book. The site recommended to visitors in the passport book is the historic marker located in the Osceola Cemetery at 755 Highway WW. The marker/monument was placed in the cemetery by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A short video showing the historic marker is available at the following link:
St. Clair Co map
Today we are remembering the First Battle of Lexington (also known as the Battle of the Hemp Bales), Sept 13-20, 1861.
Here is a short video about the battle from Things You Should Know:
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

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.

Battle of Liberty Sign


Clay Co. Historical Site

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.

Our booth is ready at Bolivar Country Days on the square. Sept. 12, 2020.
Country Days
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Click the link below to read the paper, “A Salute to General Lyon.”

Salute to Gen Lyon pic
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

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.

Dry Wood Creek
Bushwhacker museum artillery

Here is a short video about the battle from Things You Should Know:

Missouri Civil War Passport Program

We’ve picked the August Site-a-thon Contest winner! Watch the video for the drawing. Congratulations to the winner and a big thanks to all who participated!

Missouri Civil War Passport Program
On this day in 1863, General Ewing issued Order Number 11. Pictured is the text of that order with drawings of 1861 maps of the counties involved.

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 cchsmo@gmail.com or call 816-380-4396.

Order Number 11 for FB
Burnt District

Following close behind Deborah, congratulations to yet another program finisher, Breanna Wright!

Breanna Wright

Another program participate has completed the program! Congratulations to Deborah Birdsong!

Birdsong family

Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Another participant has recently completed the Missouri Civil War Passport Program! Dave Bundy received his last stamp on August 15, 2020.

Dave Bundy Congrats

Westport Visitor Center Notice

westport & Byrum stamps

To all Missouri Civil War Passport Program participants: Effective immediately, we are no longer requiring participants to obtain a stamp from the Westport Visitor Center for the Battles of Byram’s Ford and Westport in order to receive a certificate of completion. The site is no longer participating in the program and has no stamps. If you want to visit the museum, you will be charged a $6.00 entrance fee.

Therefore, we are providing a copy of a stamp for each site that you can copy, cut out, and paste in your book to fill those blank spots.

Click here to download a printable version:


Missouri Civil War Passport Program

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:

Missouri Civil War Passport Program

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.

Bushwhacker Jail
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

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.


Lyon on Horseback
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today marks another anniversary: The Battle of Kirksville, August 6, 1862. Here’s a short video from the people at Things You Should Know.

KIrksville sign
Missouri Civil War Passport Program

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Athens, Missouri, August 5, 1861.

Athens collage

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.


Missouri Civil War Passport Program

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.

Lyon Boonville pic

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.

Cape G

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:


Congratulations to Chris Winchell, who has completed his visits to all sites in the Civil War Missouri Passport Book, and received Certificate #1 !!!

First Certificate of Completion