Category Archives: Missouri

June 20, 1865: What to do with the Missouri Swamp Fox

The rebel guerrilla Jeff Thompson, sometimes referred to as the “Missouri Swamp Fox” because of his actions in the sloughs of “swampeast Missouri”, has surrendered, and is awaiting a pardon decision. FROM CAIRO.; Affairs in Arkansas Movements of Jeff. Thompson. … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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