News Release 187

Civil War event planned June 11 at Missouri State Capitol

Volume 39-187 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 7, 2011 – Jefferson City did not escape the impact of the Civil War and an event portraying part of that history will be held June 11 on the south lawn of the State Capitol. The Holmes Brigade re-enactment group will present a program on the occupation of Jefferson City by Gen. Nathanial Lyons and federal troops. The event, hosted by the Missouri State Museum, will begin at 11 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.

The re-enactors will march in and plant a Union flag (34 star) at the foot of the steps of the Capitol. They will then talk about the events of June 1861 that occurred in Jefferson City. Pro-confederate Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson's state government fled the city with the official state seal as Union troops advanced from St. Louis. The Union troops occupied the city without a battle. Jackson, Gen. Sterling Price and other confederate sympathizers established a Confederate state government in exile that would remain in existence throughout the war. The events in Jefferson City in June 1861 led to the Battle of Boonville on June 17.

The state seal that was taken by the fleeing pro-Confederate government is currently on loan from the Missouri State Archives to the Missouri State Museum and is on display in the museum's exhibit: "Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing." The museum and the Capitol building are open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Missouri State Museum is part of the Missouri state park system. For more information, contact the museum office at 573-751-2854 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit