May 10, 1861: Civil War Comes to Missouri

Few states were more bitterly divided in the Civil War than Missouri.  With a pro-Confederate governor and a pro-Union legislature, the Missouri government was truly a house divided against itself.  On May 10, 1861, regulars and pro-Union Missouri militia, largely German immigrants from Saint Louis, under the command of Captain Nathan Lyons, forced the surrender of 669 pro-Confederate militia at Camp Jackson, just outside Saint Louis.  Marching the prisoners through Saint Louis, Lyons and his men encountered hostile mobs. (more…)

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