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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Robin Nuttall April 12, 2011 | 8:24 a.m.

I was told by a Rock Bridge State Park guide that the Old Plank Road, which can be seen from the Devil's Icebox Trail as a cleared track, was used by Union Soldiers marching from the river to Columbia during the war. It's too bad that Missouri is not given more prominent attention for its role in the war, and always interesting to speculate on the bitter hatreds of the past which still live today in our rivalry with Kansas and the Jayhawks.

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Tony Robertson April 12, 2011 | 11:57 p.m.

Amen, Robin Nuttall. Too many times, in the histories written of the Civil War, Missouri and the whole Trans-Mississippi get shorted. The battlefields in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Lousiana, Texas, and even New Mexico, were just as hallowed grounds as those back east.

I would encourage our educators and journalists to expend a bit more time, ink, and bandwith, on these battles, as those of the more famous battles of the east.

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