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Columbia Missourian

State Historical Society of Missouri to commemorate Border War edict

By Hannah Baldwin
August 23, 2013 | 8:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Artists and historians Saturday will mark the anniversary of a pivotal episode in the Missouri-Kansas Border War.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Historical Society of Missouri, will highlight the history surrounding an order that forced the evacuation of 20,000 Missouri residents in four western counties on Aug. 25, 1863.

If you go...

When: Saturday, Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: The State Historical Society of Missouri; 1020 Lowry Street; Columbia, Mo. 65201

What: Events related to George Caleb Bingham's painting "General Order No. 11" and the forced evacuation that inspired it

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General Order No. 11 was imposed 150 years ago by a Union Civil War general to stop guerrilla fighting on the Missouri-Kansas border after William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kan., four days earlier.

The edict and forced displacement led well-known Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham to create his historical painting, “General Order No. 11,” which hangs in the historical society on Lowry Mall.

The painting shows women, children and slaves being forced from their homes by soldiers as their crops burn in the background. The painting is at the center of an exhibit in the historical society’s gallery that is accompanied by related works.

Saturday’s event will begin with an opportunity to interact with local artists Frank Stack, Jane Mudd and Byron Smith as they sketch bushwhacker pistols.

Rudi Keller, a reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune, will talk about a collection of newspaper columns from the Civil War. Joan Stack, the curator of the museum’s collection, will offer different interpretations of Bingham’s painting.

The exhibit will run through the end of the year.