Jefferson Barracks was established in 1826 as the country's first "Infantry School of Practice." It was named in honor of former President Thomas Jefferson. It served as a major United States military installation until 1946 and played an important role in the Unites States westward expansion.
During its early years, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and William T. Sherman were but a few of the famous U.S. Army officers who served there.
Located at Historic Jefferson Barracks, this museum focuses on Missouri's unique Civil War history and famous figures, from Ulysses S. Grant to Jesse James.
After spending the morning in the St. Louis area, enjoy a drive to Southeast Missouri, an area rich in Civil War history. In Ironton, find the Ulysses S. Grant Monument, which commemorates Grant receiving his commission as a brigadier general. The monument is outside Ste. Marie Du Lac church.
Another site with Civil War significance is the Fort Davidson State Historic Site, which commemorates the Battle of Pilot Knob. That battle was fought when Confederate troops attacked the earthen fort Sept. 26-27, 1864. More than 1,000 men were killed or wounded in the fierce fighting.
At the end of your tours, enjoy a night at this property, which offers eight circa 1902 brick buildings on 16 beautiful acres. Guestrooms have a private bathroom, comfortable beds and overstuffed couches. The bed and breakfast boasts 60 foot balconies which offer beautiful panoramic views of the former Ursuline Academy gardens.