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Centennial History Centennial History of Missouri
Civil War in Missouri Index of the Civil War in Missouri Links and Resources
Jesse James Jesse James Web Site
Look to the Past Look to the Past
Missouri Biographies Missouri Biographies from
Missouri Cemeteries Missouri Cemeteries from
Missouri Genealogy Missouri Genealogy Resources from
MO Vital Records Missouri Vital Records On-Line
Certified Genealogists Certified Genealogists Residing or Specializing in Missouri
City Link Missouri Cities - What county are they in?
Cyndi's Links Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet U.S. - Missouri
GenForum Genealogy Forum for Ray County
GenConnect GenConnect Project
MoGenWeb Missouri GenWeb Project
Everton's Missouri Sources by Everton's Genealogical Helper
Roots-L Missouri Surname Date Base
Lineages Lineages, Inc.
Ancestorology - Our Door to Your Past
Heritage Quest Source for Genealogical Data for rent or sale
Genealogical Events Genealogical Events: Conferences, Seminars, Fairs, etc.
Vital Records Missouri Vital Records Current Information
Missouri Genealogy Missouri Genealogy
Vital Records Missouri Vital Records Procedures
Archaeology of Ray County Archaeology of Missouri along the Fishing River
WebRing Discover Missouri Genealogy WebRing

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Civil War

In 1818, Missouri requested admittance to the Union as a slave state. This became a national controversy due to the delicate balance between free and slave states. In 1820, the Missouri Compromise cleared the way for Missouri's entry to the union as a slave state, along with Maine, a free state, to preserve the balance. Additionally, the Missouri Compromise stated that the remaining portion of the Louisiana Territory above the 36°30′ line was to be free from slavery. This same year, the first Missouri constitution was adopted. The following year, Missouri was admitted as the 24th state, with the state capital temporarily located in Saint Charles until a permanent location could be selected. Jefferson City was chosen in 1826 as the site for the capital.

During this time, both free blacks and slaves lived in Missouri. In 1824, the Missouri State Supreme Court ruled that free blacks could not be re-enslaved, known as "once free, always free." In 1846, the Dred Scott v. Sandford case began. Dred and Harriet Scott, who were slaves, sued for freedom in state courts. This was on the premise that he had previously lived in a free state. This case continued until 1857, culminating in a landmark United States Supreme Court decision rejecting Scott's arguments and sustaining slavery.

Immediately before the Civil War began, Missourians voted overwhelmingly against seceding from the Union. However, in the 1860 presidential election, the Republican (and therefore anti-slavery) Abraham Lincoln received only a small percentage of Missouri votes, mostly from St. Louis. Northern Democrat Stephen A. Douglas won the state's 12 electoral votes — the only state he captured in his campaign. Sympathies ran for both sides, the Confederacy and the Union, and it was in Saint Louis where the first blood was spilled in the "Camp Jackson Massacre." Because of the mixed sympathies, Missouri was the only state in the Union that did not officially secede, but where the Army declared a state of war.

Secessionists formed their own unrecognized government seceded from the Union, joining the Confederacy and establishing a capital at Marshall, Texas. By the end of the war, Missouri had supplied 110,000 troops for the Union Army and 40,000 troops for the Confederate Army. In 1861, General John C. Fremont issued a proclamation that freed slaves owned by those that had taken up arms against the Union.

Because of the state's strategic location linking Northern and Southern states, many important Civil War battles occurred in Missouri. The state was the location of the largest number of engagements of any state.

In 1865, Missouri became the first slave state to abolish slavery, doing so before the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution by an ordinance of immediate emancipation. Missouri adopted a new constitution, one that denied voting rights and had prohibitions against certain occupations for former Confederacy supporters.

Source:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Mailing Lists - Military

Topic: the role played by Missouri and its people during the Civil War.

Topic: A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in those who signed up for military service in Missouri and/or participated in military operations in Missouri during the Indian Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War I.

 Church Records - Missouri

  • USGenWeb Church Project - Missouri Churches
    The Church Records Project is a USGenWeb Archives project, first conceptualized in August of 1999, became a reality in August of 2000 under the coordination of Kelly Mullins and Tina Vickery.  This project contains very few lists of those interred in church cemeteries. Please see the Tombstone Transcription Project for files with that information. Church histories have been included in this project.

  • Missouri Baptist Historical Commission
    William E. Partee Center, William Jewel College

    500 College Hill
    Liberty, MO 64068
    Phone (college): (816) 781-7700 Fax: (816) 415-5021
  • Smiley Memorial Library
    Central Methodist University
    411 Central Methodist Square
    Fayette, MO 65248
    The Missouri United Methodist Archives houses the collection of historical materials concerning Methodism in Missouri. This includes Minutes of the Annual Conferences, Disciplines, hymnals dating back into the 18th century, and books on Methodist history. Ancestral denominations of Methodism include: 
    Methodist Episcopal Church; Methodist Episcopal Church, South; Methodist Protestant Church; German Methodist Church; United Brethren Church; and Evangelical United Brethren. 

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