Author Archives: Kristen M. Trout

George Cain – FDNY Firefighter, Civil War Buff, and Hero

On that horrific September day in 2001, we lost nearly three thousand in New York City, Arlington, and Shanksville – businessmen and women, security guards, tourists, first responders, and countless others. Of these, 343 were firefighters of the Fire Department … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, Part II

Read Part I here. Following the fateful Planters’ House Hotel meeting in St. Louis on June 11, 1861, the newly-promoted Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon took action immediately to oust the Missouri State Guard and secessionists from the state. At that … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, Part I

As the first Federal general officer to be killed-in-action in the American Civil War, Nathaniel Lyon was a man who devoted his life to country, duty, and discipline. To some, he was a crazed Unionist, sadist, and a radical. To … Continue reading

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Recruiting the Regiment: The First Missouri Confederate Infantry Regiment

For Missouri Volunteer Militiaman and U.S. Army veteran John S. Bowen, it was a tumultuous early summer of 1861. On May 10, he and approximately 600 Missouri militia had been captured by Capt. Nathaniel Lyon’s Federal troops in St. Louis … Continue reading

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A Scene of Desolation – A Missouri Soldier Visits the Shiloh Battlefield in June 1862

On the morning of June 16, 1862, Pvt. Robert Goodman of the Seventh Missouri Infantry left his unit’s encampment to take a stroll. The last couple of weeks had been particularly hard for the men of the “Irish Seventh” regiment, … Continue reading

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On the Eve of War: The Missouri Bootheel

Located in the extreme southeastern corner of Missouri is the “Bootheel,” a region named for its unique shape as it protrudes into Arkansas from the famous 36,30’ latitude line. The counties of Dunklin, Pemiscot, New Madrid and portions of Mississippi, … Continue reading

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“Swarming with maggots” – Assistant Surgeon Samuel Melcher and the Care of the Wounded at Wilson’s Creek

As the first major engagement fought west of the Mississippi River, the 1861 Battle of Wilson’s Creek (fought August 10, 1861) was known for being a particularly desperate, hard-fought battle that resulted in nearly 20% casualties on both sides. For … Continue reading

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“High upon a hill she stands” – The Civil War History of Jewell Hall in Liberty, Missouri

In the heart of Clay County, Missouri sits the historic town of Liberty and one of the oldest colleges west of the Mississippi River – William Jewell College. Located near the state’s contentious, bloody Western Border, Liberty sat at the … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Keep the Fire Alive for the Civil War

On April 12, 2011, I was sitting in my high school Civil War & Reconstruction course, just listening to my teacher talk to us about the significance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Early in the ‘Civil War … Continue reading

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Finding Missouri Governor and Union Brigadier General Thomas C. Fletcher in Hillsboro

For many history buffs and road trippers, rural Jefferson County, Missouri is usually not very high – or maybe not at all – on the Civil War bucket list of sites to see. Sitting due south of St. Louis is … Continue reading

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