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In June 1862, the Civil War Battle of Kirksville involved about 1,000 soldiers; with approximately 500 Union soldiers and 500 Confederate troops taking part.
It is unclear how many men were killed during three hours of fighting. Reports vary anywhere from five to 28 Union soldiers, and to between 35 and 100 Confederate soldiers. An unknown number of Confederate soldiers were executed following the battle.
The battle was seen as a victory for the Union; a marker in Forest Llewellyn Cemetery (four blocks west of Kirksville's square) was erected on the spot of a mass grave where local residents buried executed Confederates.
Explore a series of markers documenting the history and Civil War involvement of Bloomfield and Stoddard County. The locations are found throughout the downtown area and surrounding county.
Address listed above is for the Old Courthouse. Markers site locations vary.
The larger cabin, a two-story dogtrot style, was built in 1888-1889 by the Barnett family; it was disassembled and reconstructed in the park in 1973 by the Stoddard County Historical Society. The smaller cabin, circa 1833, was moved as a unit to the park..
Take it all in. See the sights of Boonville on this self-guided walking tour, featuring more than 20 points of interest, such as The Old Jail and Hotel Frederick.
Download a Walking History Tour off of the website, or pick up a brochure in the Tourism Office and Visitors Center (address shown).
Note: Not all of the sites are open year-round.
Fort Waynesville, built on a bluff in 1862, provided protection to the Union Army during the Civil War. Marker and scenic view overlooking the valley.
During the War Between the States, this spring served as a natural gathering place for soldiers. The spring was an ideal place for military units to camp and recruit. In July 1861, 2,000 soldiers from 15 Southeast Missouri counties met to organize as the First Division, Missouri State Guard-the pro-Confederate state militia. The soldiers of the First Division fought throughout Southeast Missouri during 1861 and are remembered in history as the "Swamp Fox Brigade."
Jeannie, a 105mm howitzer, played a lead role in the 79th Division's liberation of France in World War II. A commemorative plaque illustrates crew and the gun's operation.
Designated a National Cemetery in 1866, the 331-acre site is still in use. Burials from the War of Independence through the present, including Union and Confederate burials from the Civil War. The site contains many monuments to those who served their country.
This memorial along Route 63 commemorates area men and women who have served in the military. A World War I German Howitzer and a Civil War cannon are on-site. In Rotary Park.
The 10-foot-tall Kneeling Miner, created by Webb City artist Jack Dawson, commemorates the city's early 20th century history of lead mining. Open year-round. Free.
When the bridge was completed, in the summer of 1928, it was hailed as "The Gateway to the Ozarks." It provided an invaluable and vital link between Missouri and Illinois.
A small, restored portal of the old bridge is all that remains. At the overlook, there is a viewing scope that provides a commanding view of the Mississippi River.
There is access to the River Campus Trail, which provides a leisurely walkway along these historic grounds, bordering the river. Interpretive signage is scattered along the trail. A new bridge, The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, opened in December, 2003 to replace the bridge of 1928.
The fully restored 1893 streetcar rumbles around the tracks in King Jack Park on holidays, and for birthdays, anniversaries and reunions. It is located adjacent to the depot.
The old Prosperity Junction Streetcar Depot has been reconstucted at the entrance to King Jack Park, next to the re-laid tracks. It houses the Webb City Chamber of Commerce and a display on the Southwest Missouri Electric Railway.
The Heritage House was built in 1870. It has been moved to its own park and restored. Property includes shed and farm machinery.
Site where Ulysses S. Grant received his commission as a brigadier general. Fittingly, the bronze statue commemorating that event is an image of an average enlisted fighting man. It is a serene setting among the spring and duck pond of Ste. Marie Du Lac church.
Pulaski County is proud of our veterans. All have been donated by citizens, businesses, and organizations of Pulaski County and Fort Leonard Wood. Take a walk through Soldier's Memorial Park, spend some time by the fountain at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery and visit other memorials throughout the county. Download the Self guided driving tour with directions to each of the Veterans Memorials in Pulaski County.
Pulaski County was the first Purple Heart County in Missouri and has been joined by Purple Heart Cities; Crocker, Saint Robert and Waynesville and the Purple Heart Organization; Crocker DAV: all proud supporters of our great country's Purple Heart recipients.
West Plains historical marker erected in 1958 by the State Historical Society and the State Highway Commission. The marker depicts significant dates in the early history of West Plains and its part in the Civil War. The marker is located on the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center grounds. The marker is available for viewing at all times.
This bridge was built in 1941 to bring building supplies to Fort Leonard Wood. Stop at the scenic overlook located along an original segment of Historic Route 66, just west of Devils Elbow.
This site is included on the Pulaski County Historic Route 66 Driving Tour, which may be downloaded at PulaskiCountyUSA.com
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