Military Historian Terry Beckenbaugh Discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri

For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2011
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Military Historian Terry Beckenbaugh Discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri

Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at FortLeavenworth discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

By the time the Civil War officially began on April 12, 1861, Missouri's political structure was already deeply divided between pro-secessionists and unionists. Events like the Camp Jackson Affair on May 10, 1861, just outside of St. Louis changed the political fights to actual combat, culminating in the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861.

Wilson's Creek was a significant battle, but it did not secure Missouri for either side, and opened the door to three years of guerrilla warfare that devastated the state.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.