American Civil War in Missouri: A House Divided
Within the Boone County Historical Society in Columbia, MO, an exhibit for the American Civil War holds details about battles fought on Missouri land. To commemorate 150 years after the war, Missouri museums are holding several exhibits. Each exhibit holds different artifacts that allow visitors to look upon different aspects of the American Civil War. From weaponry and living quarters to the infamous bushwhackers and medical instruments, each artifact is strategically placed for a six-month period.
During the American Civil War Missouri was divided by the Mason Dixie line. Politics in Missouri during the war were haywire due to politicians in Missouri trying to decide whether to succeed or not. At the time, Missourians were confused as to what side of the war they were supporting. Some of the bloodiest battles fought in Missouri where in small farming communities such as Boonville, Centralia, and Wilson’s Creek near Springfield, MO.
In honor of the battles fought in Missouri, several exhibits are running until 2015. Each museum is displaying different battles fought near a specific town. Along with these exhibits, the local newspaper for Columbia, MO, The Columbia Tribune, is running a series for the Civil War, reporting on what took place on that day 150 years ago.
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