Stars & Stripes Museum


In November 1861 approximately 3,000 Union troops arrived in the rebel town of Bloomfield. Ten of those soldiers utilized the printing press of the Bloomfield Herald to create the third〈1〉 newspaper for soldiers, by soldiers. They called it The Stars and Stripes.

〈1〉 First newspapers published was the Camp Sweeny Spy, published in July using the printing presses of the Rolla Express by Companies D and K, of the 3rd U.S. Reserve Corps. Secondly, the Bland Register, a tri-weekly publication by members of Capt. J. C. McGinnis’s Company (I) at Ironton. The Bland Register was printed on the presses and paper of James Lindsey, Esq.

Marker Location: Brochure available at Museum/Library indicating locations of site markers.
Location: Stars and Stripes Museum, when staff available.
Address: 17377 Stars and Stripes Way, Bloomfield, Mo. 63825
Phone Number: 573-568-2055
Alternative Stamp Site: Granny Pickers Flea Market, 801 State Route 25N, Bloomfield, Mo. 63825