Because America’s Civil War started in Missouri in 1854 with the Missouri-Kansas border conflict and its aftermath that lasted well into the Jesse James outlaw period of the 1870s, visitors who are interested in visiting Civil War sites in Missouri have quite a few to choose from. In fact, Missouri saw more battles & skirmishes than any state except Virginia and Tennessee. BBIM member inns provide a great way to tour our Civil War heritage. The 1861 Battle of Wilson’s Creek is commemorated near Springfield, where several member inns can provide more directions. Another well-known battle, Pilot Knob, was fought in the Arcadia Valley near member inns in Ironton and Arcadia. The 3-day Battle of Westport involved most of the Greater Kansas City area, and the ‘Battle of Hemp Bales’ was fought at nearby Lexington. Local BBIM-member inns can provide information on many other lesser-known Missouri Civil War battle sites, as well as battle reenactments.
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
The Inn on Crescent Lake is located a short drive away from Lexington, Mo.
The Hilty Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the center of history!
Morgan County Missouri
Date of Organization: January 5, 1833
County Population in 1850: 4,197
County Slave Population in 1850: 453
County Population in 1860: 7,553
County Slave Population in 1860: 649
County Population in 1870: 8,434
The Civil War in Morgan County Missouri
Civil War actions, skirmishes and battles in Morgan County abound. Visitors to the 1877 Martin Hotel Morgan County Museum will discover a treasure of information and artifacts!
Civil War Actions, Skirmishes, and Battles in Morgan County
Wilson Creek National Battlefield it’s just outside Springfield, Missouri, and a 10 minutes drive from the Walnut Street Inn. We have information at the Inn that will help you set up your daytrip to this important National Battlefield. Check it out at: Wilson’s Creek
Saint Louis, Missouri
Jefferson Barracks Military post was active from the late 1820's until decommissioned after WWII. General/President Grant was stationed here. Also visit Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, the Civil War Museum, Telephone museum, hiking and biking trails through the adjoining park along the Mississippi river. Other military sites dating to the pre and post revolutionary war include Fort Kaskaskia and Fort de Chartres across the Mississippi river in Illinois.
Kansas / Missouri Conflict 1854-1865
- George S. Park purchased steamboat landing in Platte Purchase (1838)
- Parkville formally platted (1844)
- Industrial Luminary newspaper established (1853)
- Industrial Luminary press sacked (April 14, 1855)
- Park University founded (1875)
Originally a steamboat landing, Parkville began to take shape when Colonel George S. Park, veteran of the Texas War of Independence, land speculator, and entrepreneur, purchased the site in 1838 and built his home on the bluffs above the Missouri River. In 1844, Park formally platted the town of Parkville, and by 1850, a thriving community existed on the banks of the Missouri River. Park was influential in the development of Parkville, establishing the Parkville Presbyterian Church and constructing a stone hotel near the riverfront to encourage the town’s growth. In 1853, he established the Industrial Luminary newspaper, which some believed to be too abolitionist despite Park owning slaves himself. Parkville was not immune to the violence and coercion that occurred throughout the region. On April 14, 1855, a proslavery mob, angered by the perceived abolitionist tongue of the Luminary, raided Park’s newspaper. The mob not only threatened to hang George S. Park and his editor, W.J. Patterson, but also threw the newspaper’s printing press into the Missouri River. Patterson would later telegraph Missouri Governor Sterling Price about the incident, stating, “Have not we expectation that local authorities are able to offer us protection from danger, want to know if state authority will immediately protect us.”