March 13, 1861

Nathaniel Lyon took command of the St. Louis Arsenal on this day.


The Man Who Killed Quantrill

The residents of Lawrence, Kansas, would never forget what happened on August 21, 1863, if indeed they were lucky enough to survive. The reason for the bloody raid that left nearly two hundred men dead and caused between $1 million and $1.5 million in damage (in 1863 dollars) is still the subject of speculation.


September 23, 1861

Jayhawks crossed the border and sacked Osceola on this day. The town of 3,000 people was plundered and burned to the ground, and nine local citizens were executed.


August 25, 1863

General Thomas Ewing issued the notorious Order No. 11, creating a demilitarized zone in Missouri. Jackson, Cass, Bates, and northern Vernon Counties were forcibly evacuated.  


August 5, 1861

The Battle of Athens was fought in Athens, Missouri. This Civil War skirmish was the most northern battle west of the Mississippi, and it resulted in a Union victory. Today, you can go visit the Battle of Athens State Historic Site.