Past Civil War Events
Comprised largely of free-state sympathizers, the German community of Concordia was located in Lafayette County, which contained more slaves than any other Missouri county. During the Civil War, the settlement became a target of a guerilla band led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Despite wartime travails, Concordia prospered amidst the agricultural and transportation changes of the post-war decades.
A panel of military historians will discuss the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
On Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., local author Andrea Warren presents her recently released nonfiction book for young adults Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg.
Jennifer Weber, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas, discusses her new book Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
A panel of military historians from the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College discusses Lincoln’s leadership traits as commander in chief on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
In the aftermath of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas Ewing, Jr., became suspicious of local support for Confederate sympathizers and issued the infamous General Order No. 11 “ the enforced evacuation of rural communities in four Missouri counties surrounding Kansas City.
Tom Rafiner examines the economic and social repercussions of the abandoned homesteads and farmsteads amid this Civil War turbulence on Sunday, September 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.