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Civil War in Missouri - book review

BY TIM O’NEIL • [email protected]

There were 1,162 battles and skirmishes in Missouri during the Civil War, behind only Virginia and Tennessee. Virginia gets the press, and the movies.

Most historians relegate Missouri’s role as a footnote, a faraway place with a nasty internal guerrilla war that produced the likes of Jesse James. Historian James McPherson, one of the contemporary giants of Civil War studies, refers to Missouri as “peripheral to the principal military campaigns of the war.”

Louis S. Gerteis, a professor of history at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, respectfully disagrees. Gerteis established his bona fides in 2001 with publication of “Civil War St. Louis,” a clear and thorough account of the turmoil, both in arms and cultural division, that afflicted St. Louis throughout the four-year war.

This summer he has answered McPherson with “The Civil War in Missouri: A Military History,” a narrative of the clashes between conventional Union and Confederate armies in Missouri. Gerteis notes that the Federal Civil War Sites Advisory Commission placed 45 battles at the highest level of significance. Three of them are in Missouri.

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To Kill and to Heal: new exhibit at the Lincoln Library



The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire.  The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in “To Kill and to Heal:  Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War,” a new exhibit that opens May 11 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

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National Park Service launches Civil War website

EBB3FCA5-155D-4519-3E28D3FD225C08FBWASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and coinciding with events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the National Park Service has launched a Civil War themed website atwww.nps.gov/civilwar that provides an overview of the war, with special emphasis on the Civil War sites administered and preserved by the National Park Service.

The website features a wide range of richly-illustrated content, including stories of the Civil War, ranging from causes of the conflict to its consequences; biographies of notable individuals associated with the war, both military and civilian; places within the National Park System that interpret the Civil War; and information on the ways in which the National Park Service preserves Civil War battlefields, objects, landscapes and other historic resources. New content will be added regularly, so visitors are encouraged to check back to the site often.

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Sedition Animation

Does war justify laws against sedition if they also curtail freedom of speech? A new traveling exhibit circulated by the Virginia Historical Society explores these and a host of other timely concerns in "An American Turning Point." Harvest Moon Studio designed and produced "Civil Liberties and Civil War" for this new exhibit marking the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Confederate Conscription

Civil War - Conscription Animation from Mark Lindquist on Vimeo.

A new traveling exhibit circulated by the Virginia Historical Society explores timely concerns in "An American Turning Point." Harvest Moon Studio designed and produced "Civil Liberties and Civil War" for this new exhibit marking the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. "Civil Liberties and Civil War" presents two animated movies about hotly debated issues—anti-sedition laws and tough conscription enforcement.

Client: Virginia Historical Society
Production Company: Harvest Moon Studio


Sherman's March: Was It a War Crime?


Presentation by Walter Hall at the George E. Dixon Camp 1962, March 1, 2012 Camp Meeting. Walter Hall discusses several war crime charges and specification brought against Sherman and contrast them against the laws of war. Camp members vote on each specification in this mock trial.

Jefferson Davis Final Home


Presentation by Commander Mark Morgan at the George E. Dixon Camp 1962, March 2, 2012 Camp Meeting. Mark discusses the final home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis located in Beauvior, Mississippi. He covers the purchasing of the home, it's history, the Davis family, and it's restoration as the result of Hurricane Katrina.

See: Louise Desporte

Sergeant Major Frank Austin, representing the 117th Illinois spoke at the monthly meeting of the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp # 1962 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans on Thursday, December 1, 2011. The 117th was comprised of students and teachers from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. Frank read from letters and journals sent home by regiment members and gave an insight into the daily life of a Union soldier. 

New estimate made of Civil War dead

Published: Sept. 21, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil Way in Manassas
An injured Union solder is taken from the battle field during during the reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run at Brawner Farm in Manassas, Virginia on July 24, 2011. This event marked the 150th anniversary of the the first major battle of the Civil War. UPI/Kevin Dietsch 


BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- An analysis of historic census figures reveals the death toll in the U.S. Civil War was higher than previously estimated, a historian says.

J. David Hacker of Binghamton University in New York says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000, a university release reported Wednesday.

Many historians agree the 620,000 estimate is flawed, as neither the Union nor the Confederacy kept standardized personnel records.

"There are also huge problems estimating mortality with census data," Hacker said. "You can track the number of people of certain ages from one census to the next, and you can see how many are missing," but people are routinely undercounted, he said.

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The American Civil War


The American Civil War
A popular illustrated history of the years 1861 - 1865 as seen by the artists-correspondents who were there

By Earl Schenck Miers

Published 1961 by The Ridge Press, Inc
(Golden Books)

Original purchase price: $15.00

Purchased from the O'Fallon, Illinois, Public Library for $1.00

handwritten note inside margin, "High School Library Book Club 10/1/65"