St. Louis arch in the Flood of '93 in St. Louis

May 10, 1861

Day one of the St. Louis Massacre. General Nathaniel Lyon oversaw his second massacre, this time in St. Louis. Ninety civilians were shot and twenty-eight died. Also shot at by union troops were William Tecumseh Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.