Patee House in St. Joseph receives Civil War plaque

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 5:22 p.m. CDT

ST. JOSEPH — The Missouri State Parks Department has recognized the Patee House in St. Joseph as an official site of the Civil War.

Patee House Museum director Gary Chilcote said the move comes after three years of discussions and revisions and coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

In June 1861, Union soldiers from Leavenworth, Kan., commandeered the Hotel Patee House in St. Joseph, which was a transportation hub to the Western frontier. The hotel was also the site where people stood trial for treason.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the museum now has a marker from the state designating it as an official Civil War site.

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