News Release 287

Civil War tours planned at the Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-287 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 24, 2011 – Learn more about the Civil War in Missouri on a tour through the Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol at 2 p.m. each Saturday from Sept. 3 through Dec.17.

The Civil War was a tumultuous time in the history of Missouri and the country with Missouri seeing more engagements than any other states except Virginia and Tennessee. The people of Missouri found themselves not only on both sides of the fighting, but they were often in the middle of many battles. During the tour, you will learn why Missouri was sought after by both the Union and the Confederate troops, the details of the battles at Wilson's Creek and Westport, the reasons behind General Ewing’s Order Number 11, and what the leaders were thinking during the conflict. Tours will include artwork and artifacts in the Missouri State Museum and Capitol that relate to the Civil War in Missouri.

The Missouri State Museum in located in the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. For more information, contact the museum at 573-751-2854 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit