May 30, 1854

The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed causing slave-holding Missourians to flood into Kansas. This led to the Missouri-Kansas Border War and eventually the Civil War.


U.S. Arsenal Liberty Missouri

April 20, 1861

Southern sympathizers captured the U.S. Arsenal at Liberty, MO. This created more tension at the arsenal at St. Louis and therefore was a contributing factor leading to the St. Louis Massacre.


Battle of Springfield Civil War Missouri

January 8, 1863

The Second Battle of Springfield was fought during the Civil War.


Henry W Halleck Civil War

November 19, 1861

In the midst the Civil War, Henry W. Halleck assumed command of the Union forces in Missouri and the West. Known derogatorily as “Old Brains,” he was later replaced by General Ulysses S. Grant. 


April 27, 1822

Birthday of President, General, and adoptive Missourian Hiram Ulysses Grant (aka Ulysses S. Grant).


March 7, 1862

The Battle of Pea Ridge at the Missouri-Arkansas border decimated the power of Confederate forces in Missouri.


Gratiot Street Prison

December 24, 1861

The Gratiot Street Prison in St. Louis received its first Confederate prisoners.


Grave of Samuel Hildebrand

November 25, 1863

Governor Fletcher called out the militia to search for Missouri's most notorious outlaw. Samuel Hildebrand and his men had recently plundered Farmington and were known responsible for at least thirty murders. Hildebrand turned bushwhacker after Union vigilantes killed his brother.


Battle of Pilot Knob Missouri Civil War

September 27, 1864

The Battle of Pilot Knob was fought saving St. Louis and Jefferson City from Price’s Confederates. It truly was a turning point in the war’s western theater.