PHOTO GALLERY: Mid-Missouri's Civil War history
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | 12:47 a.m. CDT;
updated 9:38 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 14, 2011
Graves mark the location of unidentified soldiers at Mount Zion Cemetery at Hallsville, the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate soldiers in 1861. The Confederate soldiers buried here were initially buried in a mass grave but were later reburied individually.
As a slave-holding state in the Union, Missouri was rife with conflict during the Civil War. Evidence of that history remains at several sites in and around Columbia.
Civil War-era photographs are on display at the Boone County Historical Society. Soldiers carried daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes of family members with them to war.
A plaque at the entrance to Jewell Cemetery on South Providence Road warns that only members of the Jewell family may be buried on the grounds. George Jewell and members of his family, including his brother-in-law, Missouri Gov. Charles Hardin, and some of the family's slaves are buried in the cemetery, which is now a state historic site.
Reproductions of Confederate cavalry caps are on display at the Boone County Historical Society. Civil War-era military caps — called kepis — were made of wool with a leather visor and brass hardware.
William Berry, Civil War Committee chairman of the Boone County Historical Society, stands near a monument on the grounds of the Boone County Courthouse that lists all 140 soldiers from Boone County who died in the Civil War. Berry has been studying and speaking about the Civil War for the last 20 years.
A map at the Boone County Historical Society shows where soldiers from Boone County died during the Civil War. The red pins mark where Confederate soldiers died while the blue pins mark where Union soldiers did. All told, 140 men from Boone County died in the war.
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