Category Archives: Missouri

April 10, 1864: Need troops at Poplar Bluff

The Eleven Point River in southern Missouri ********************************* Just as a change of pace, a little news of affairs in extreme southern Missouri, where rebel guerrilla forces were causing constant problems for Union loyalists. The Unionists in the area petitioned … Continue reading

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January 26, 1864: Ice

While we’re having a cold winter this year, it doesn’t really compare with the conditions of 1864 — the Mississippi and Ohio rivers were both closed to navigation due to ice, even down to St. Louis. A low of -24 … Continue reading

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August 2, 1863: Emancipation in Missouri

The New York Times lauds the state of Missouri for the planned emancipation of slaves by its legislature. Emancipation in Missouri. The moral victories of the nation in this war are less observed and gloried in than the victories won … Continue reading

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July 11, 1863: Big party in St. Louis

The New York Times reports the planned celebration in St. Louis. REJOICINGS IN ST. LOUIS, MO. Published: July 11, 1863 ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 10. A grand demonstration is in preparation for tomorrow night in honor of the recent glorious … Continue reading

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February 8, 1863: New Jersey doesn’t want to pay to free Missouri slaves

The New York Times takes New Jersey’s legislature to task for opposing compensated emancipation in Missouri. Apparently New Jersey legislators don’t feel that freeing Missouri slaves does their state any good. Slavery in Missouri. We notice that resolutions have been … Continue reading

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October 12, 1862: Onward in the Southwest

The New York Times predicts victory in the southwest, and enumerates the North’s advantage. The Onward Movement in the Southwest. Published: October 12, 1862 The Southwestern States have fairly begun work, after the long rest they have had during the … Continue reading

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June 21, 1862: Slavery is doomed in Missouri

The New York Times ran an editorial predicting that slavery would be unable to persist for long in Missouri. Many slaveholders had absconded in fear of federal troops, and antislavery sentiment was growing. As it turns out, there wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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May 29, 1862: Guerrilla warfare in Missouri

The guerrilla war in Missouri continues. Rebels take a union supply train; confederate officers are captured crossing the Missouri. Outside of St. Louis, the rest of Missouri was in a constant state of flux, controlled by whichever partisans happened to … Continue reading

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April 25, 1862: The distribution of Southern sentiment in Missouri

Slave Population in Missouri, 1860 The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports strong Confederate sympathies in Missouri, except for the “German and emigrant Yankee population”. It is a peculiarity of Missouri geography that northern (or at least central) Missouri sentiment was more … Continue reading

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April 4, 1862: Thompson guards Crowley’s Ridge

The “Missouri Swamp Fox”, Jeff Thompson, was still in action in the Missouri bootheel. The nearly impenetrable swamps in the region were traversed by a single strip of high ground, the ancient river bank known as Crowley’s Ridge. It was … Continue reading

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