Missouri's Civil War Sites: Glimpses into History


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Civil War , Historic Sites / Civil War , St. Joseph , Cape Girardeau , Pilot Knob , Republic , Marshall , Lexington
Go back in time when you visit Missouri’s Civil War Sites.
Author: VisitMO Staff

Missouri’s Civil War Site: Glimpses into History

Throughout Missouri, history lives on at several Civil War sites. Learn about Missouri’s role in the Civil War by visiting one of our battlefields and commemorative sites.

History Vacations That Reveal the Past

At the Battle of Athens State Historic Site, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Union soldiers who, in 1861, vanquished the pro-confederacy Missouri State Guard. During a guided tour, people taking history vacations learn the fascinating background of this historic event — the northernmost Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. Located 10 miles outside of Kahoka, Missouri, this Civil War site also offers picnicking, hiking, fishing and boating.

In Cape Girardeau, visitors are welcome to tour the legendary Fort D, one of the historic sites in Cape Girardeau designed under the direction of future Grand Canyon explorer John Wesley Powell. Of the four forts built to protect the vital city of Cape Girardeau, only Fort D survived the constant attacks by Confederate forces. Be sure to check out the original cannons, each of which had the capability of firing a 32-pound cannonball.

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site is one of Missouri's most important Civil War sites. Following an incredibly intense two-day battle in 1864, Union troops prevailed over Confederate forces. Watch the story unfold in the site's visitor center, where you can view a video and several exhibits.

In 1861, a fierce fight took place at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, near the town of Republic (outside Springfield). Learn more about this major battle by viewing a film and visiting the museum full of history. Follow the walking trails to various battle sites and historic buildings.

In Marshall, visit the monument dedicated to the Dennis Brothers. It depicts the Civil War's impact on individual families. This equestrian monument was erected as a symbol of the struggle of the war which divided the Dennis brothers in their youth. Austin Dennis fought for the South; his brother Davis Dennis fought for the North.

Lexington’s Civil War sites include Machpelah Cemetery, where visitors see the gravesites of the soldiers who fell at the Battle of Lexington. Stop by the Lexington Tourism Bureau to pick up a guide on this historically significant cemetery and to learn more about the battle itself.

Civil War enthusiasts may be surprised to learn that
St. Joseph, even though no battles were fought there, played a role in Civil War history. Vacations to St. Jo include nin, registered Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area sites, each having historical significance to the Civil War. They feature exhibits that outline the struggles and successes of the St. Joseph area during the Civil War.

  Fort D Historic Site
In the summer of 1861, four forts were built around the strategic city of Cape Girardeau. Fort D was ...

  Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site
The Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob was fought here when Confederate troops attacked the earthen fort ...

  Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Fought on August 10, 1861, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek was a pivotal battle in Missouri and the ...

  Dennis Brothers Equine Civil War Monument
This memorial statue, in Ridge Park Cemetery, represents the strife of two brothers during the Civil ...

  Machpelah Cemetery
Established by an act of the Missouri General Assembly in 1849, Lexington's Machpelah Cemetery is one ...

  Battle of Athens State Historic Site
At this site, Union troops defeated the pro-south Missouri State Guard in 1861; it was the northernmost ...