Category Archives: Missouri

September 28, 1864: Ewing successfully evacuates Fort Davidson

The New York Times reports on the battle of Fort Davidson. Ewing’s “defeat” is both a tactical victory in terms of the relative casualty numbers, and a strategic victory, in that Price’s assault on St. Louis will never develop. St. … Continue reading

Posted in Missouri, Sterling Price, Thomas Ewing | Leave a comment

September 27, 1864: Battle of Fort Davidson

General Price led a rebel attack on Pilot Knob, on his way to attack St. Louis. The Union garrison under the command of Brigadier General Thomas Ewing, though outnumbered 10 to 1 and mostly inexperienced, held off poorly conceived attacks … Continue reading

Posted in Missouri, Sterling Price, Thomas Ewing | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Missouri, William Rosecrans | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Missouri, Ohio | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Emancipation, Missouri | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Missouri | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Emancipation, Missouri, New Jersey | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Abolitionism, Missouri, Slavery | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Missouri | 2 Comments