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.
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:
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.
Today also marks the anniversary of the Second Battle of Newtonia, October 28, 1864, the last battle of the Civil War fought in Missouri.
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)
This battlefield is tour stop #7 in Price’s retreat from Westport on TheCivilWarMuse.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click on the link below for a brief summary of the battle from the blog, The Adventures of Billy Max.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-380-4396.
Following close behind Deborah, congratulations to yet another program finisher, Breanna Wright!
Another program participate has completed the program! Congratulations to Deborah Birdsong!
Another participant has recently completed the Missouri Civil War Passport Program! Dave Bundy received his last stamp on August 15, 2020.
Westport Visitor Center Notice
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:
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: