Trip Ideas: Civil-War Sites in Southeast Missouri
Missouri had a prominent role in the Civil War, and the Southeast region was one of the most pivotal areas of the state. From Civil War battle sites to historic places, get a taste of history at these Civil War battle sites, monuments and museums.
Morning
The Iron County History Museum is housed in the restored 1941 Ironton-Arcadia Depot. The collection includes the Union battle flag from the Civil War battle of Pilot Knob.
630 Route 21, Arcadia MO 63621, 573-546-3513
Hours: April-October: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; December-March: Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob was fought here when Confederate troops attacked the earthen fort Sept. 26-27, 1864. More than 1,000 men were killed or wounded in the fierce fighting. The battle ended with the defeat of the Confederate forces. This Civil War Battlefield is one of the most famous in the Midwest.
118 E. Maple, Pilot Knob MO 63663, 573-546-3454
Hours: Visitor Center: April 16-Nov. 30, daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 1-April 15, Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This trail starts at the Historic Madison County Courthouse in Fredericktown and follows the 36 Civil War battle sites of the Eighth Wisconsin Infantry (1861-1864) through four states. The Eighth Wisconsin was known as the "Eagle Regiment" because a live eagle, nicknamed "Old Abe," was carried through all its Civil War campaigns for the Union. This historic monument stands for the soldiers lost in battles along the trail.
1 Courthouse Square, Fredericktown MO 63645, 573-783-2604
Hours: Can be viewed 24 hours
Afternoon
The Common Pleas Courthouse was completed in 1854. It sits high atop the hill "dungeon" was used to jail southern sympathizers and perhaps Confederate soldiers. On the west side of the courthouse stand three memorials, including one that depicts a Union soldier. Though it isn’t a Civil War battlefield, the Cape Girardeau Common Plea Courthouse is an important Missouri monument to the Civil War.
44 N. Lorimier, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, 573-335-1631
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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, known in history as the "Swamp Fox Brigade."
County Road 632, Dexter MO 63841, 573-614-5131
Hours: Dawn-dusk
This cemetery holds 150 markers of soldiers who died during the Civil War. Each marker includes a brief account of where, when and how that soldier died.
County Road 517, Bloomfield MO 63825, 573-624-5447
Hours: Dawn-dusk
Exhibits reflect the culture of this ever-changing river town, from the Mississippian Indian period through the great earthquakes of 1811 and 1812; from New Madrid's role in the Civil War through the early 20th century. Learn more about nearby Civil War battle sites, historic places in the region and the people who made the rich history of this river town possible.
1 Main St., New Madrid MO 63869, 573-748-5944
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.