Missouri in the Civil War

Index of the Civil War in Missouri Links and Resources available on the Internet


Bonne Terre


        St. Francois State Park
        573-358-2173, On US 67 in St. Francois County, Season: Year-round. $
        This park, rich with Civil War lore, consists of rugged Pike Run Hills. Canoeing on Big River, camping, hiking, RV sites, tent sites, electricity, trails, toilets, shower, playground, ADA accessible, horseback riding trails and picnicking.


Cape Girardeau


        Common Pleas Courthouse
        (800)777-0068, Spanish St.  Season: Year-round.

        Common Pleas Courthouse grounds have played an important part in the city's history from Indian Council to Civil War.




        Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum
        (417)237-7060, 205 Grant, Season: Year-round.  Price: Donations.
        Civil War museum. View historic relics, mural, prints, souvenirs.


       Battle of Carthage State Historic Site
        (417)682-2279, On N. side of E. Chestnut, Season: Year-round. $
        Scene of 1861 Civil War battle when 6,000 Southern troops forced Union soldiers to retreat to Sarcoxie.


        The Kendrick Place
        (417)358-0636, 131 Northwoods, Season: Jan.-Mar.,10 a.m.-4 p.m., Apr.-Dec., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

        Built in 1849 by slaves. Headquarters to North and South during Civil War. First person tours with guide. A living history museum.




        Centralia Historical Society Museum
        (573)682-5711, 319 E. Sneed,  Season: May-Nov.
        Museum housed in 1904 Victorian house contains items from Centralia's past, Civil War Room, A.B. Chance Room.


Cole Camp


        Cole Camp Historical Museum
        (660)668-4444, Main St.  Season: May-Oct.
        Fine museum with Indian artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, early military objects, written histories, wildlife display, and display of items of Ezekiel Williams, founder of Cole Camp.




        Hannibal Old Jail Museum
        (573)248-2077, 201 S. 4th St., Season: May-Oct.  $ 
        1878 jail in use until 1977. On National Register. Restored cells, albino deer, fossil display, gift and rock shop.




        Confederate Memorial State Historic Site
        (660)584-2853, 211 W. 1st, 1 mi. N. of Higginsville, Season: Year-round.
        The 135-acre memorial park area of the Confederate Home of Missouri is preserved in memory of the 40,000 Missourians who fought under the Confederate flag. Fishing and picnicking.




        Huntsville Historical Museum & Mayo Log Cabin
        (660)277-3188, 107 N. Main St., Season: Apr.-Oct., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
        Museum contains Civil War display, largest ball of string, local furnishings and apparel, coal mining and Trail of Death. Mayo log cabin was built in 1823.




        1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum
       Phone: (816)252-1892,  217 N. Main, season: Mar.-Dec. $
        The Jail Museum offers a glimpse of the Civil War in western Missouri, as well as providing a look at the post-war lawless years on the western border.




        Fort Davidson Civil War Site
        (573) 546-3454, Highway V, off 21
        Battle of Pilot Knob Civil War Museum and battle field. Loaded with civil war history


        Iron County Courthouse
        (573)546-7690, 250 S. Main, Season: Call.
        Historic courthouse built in 1858. On National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse is associated with Civil War history and still has a cannonball mark on/in the front side.




        John C. Cox Pioneer Cemetery
         (417)781-4807, 615 Persimmon, Season: Apr.-Oct.
        Civil war and Spanish-American war veterans and early settlers are buried in Cox Cemetery, north of the homestead of Joplins co-founder, John C. Cox. (1857-1939).




        Battle of Athens State Historic Site
        (660)877-3871, 13 mi. N. of Kahoka on Clark County CC from MO 81, Season: Year-round.  Price: Tours are free, camping $7-$12.

        Union troops defeated pro-South Missouri State Guard in 1861 on site. Northernmost location of a Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River. Camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and boating.




        General Sterling Price Museum
        (660)288-3204, 412 W. Bridge St, Season: May 15-Oct. 15.
        Museum houses artifacts belonging to Confederate Gen. Price as well as many arrowheads, glassware and period furnishings of the 1800s.


Knob Noster


        Montserrat Vineyards
        (660)747-0466, 104 N.E. 641, Season: Year-round.
         Situated atop historic Civil War lookout, Bristle Ridge. Winery and vineyard tours. Scenic outdoor seating.




        Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
        (660)259-4654, John Shea Dr., Season: Year-round. $
        Civil War Battlefield and historic Anderson House where the Battle of Lexington was fought Sept. 1861. Visitors center, exhibits and guided tours offered.


Lone Jack


        Lone Jack Battlefield Museum and Cemetery
        (816)556-2272, 301 S. Bynum Rd.  Season: Apr.-Oct., Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Nov.-Mar., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
         Wooded park setting, pavilion, museum offers electronic map, period artifacts, large lighted dioramas of battle scenes.


New Madrid


        New Madrid Historical Museum
        (573)748-5944, #1 Main St.  Season: Year-round.  $

        Exhibits reflect this ever-changing rivertown from the Mississippian-Indian period through the great earthquake of 1811-12, the Civil War and the early 20th century.





        Bushwhacker Museum & Jail
        (417)667-9602, 231 N. Main, Season: May-Oct.  $
        Restored 1860s jail listed on National Register. Regional history museum exhibits: Osage Indians, Border War, Civil War, recreated rooms of early 1900s doctor's office.


Pilot Knob


        Fort Davidson State Historic Site
        (573)546-3454, On Hwy V, off Hwy 21
        Scene of Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864. Confederate troops attacked fort and over 1,000 men were killed or wounded in fierce fighting, ending in defeat for Confederates. Visitor center and picnicking.




        General Sweeny's Museum

        (417)732-7224, 5228 S. State Hwy ZZ, Season: Mar.-Oct. $

        Trace the Civil War west of the Mississippi River through 5,000 original artifacts arranged in professionally-designed displays. An Official Site of the Civil War Trust and only museum on the war in Trans-Mississippi West.


        Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

        (417)732-2662, 6424 W. Farm Rd. 182.  Season: Year-round.  $
        The August 10, 1861 battle was the second of the Civil War. The site features a visitor center museum and a 5-mile tour road.




    Historical Phelps County Courthouse
    (573)364-5977, 305 W. 3rd St., Season: Year-round.
    Built prior to the Civil War, it was used both as a hospital and storage space for horses' hay during those times.




        Dent County Courthouse
        (573)729-4144, 400 N. Main, Season: Year-round.
        Beautiful historic courthouse built in 1870. On National Register of Historic Places. Site of the Civil War Battle of Salem.




        Maclay Home
        660-433-2176, 209 West Howard Street, May through October, 2nd & 4th Sundays, 2 - 4 p.m. $
    Built in 1858, this 17-room home contains original furnishings. Began as Rose Hill Seminary for girls, headquarters for General Fremont during Civil War, home to Maclay Family until 1935.




        Old Stagecoach Stop
        (573)774-5368, 105 Lynn St.,  Season: Apr.-Sept., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        Restored oldest building in Pulaski County, Civil War exhibit, tours, on National Register of Historic Places.