Author Archives: Kristen M. Trout

How Mark Twain’s “Campaign That Failed” Captured the Nature of War in Missouri

Most Americans are familiar with the writings of the great Samuel Clemens, or most commonly known as, Mark Twain. From Huckleberry Finn to Tom Sawyer, many of Twain’s works were the quintessential pieces of American literature that successfully encapsulated the … Continue reading

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Jayhawks, Mount Oread, Legends, and Lore: The University of Kansas and Its Deep Civil War Ties

From the famous rivalry with the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) dubbed the “Border War” to the unique Jayhawk mascot, the University of Kansas (KU) has some of the most interesting traditions, mascot, and lore of all American universities. At any … Continue reading

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Forged in Fire – The Battle of Athens, Missouri, Part II

For Part I of this Series, click here.  In August 1861, Athens, Missouri was a bustling river town in the extreme northeastern corner of the state, perched just across the Des Moines River from the Iowa border. With over 500 … Continue reading

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Forged in Fire – The Battle of Athens, Missouri, Part I

By the early summer of 1861, Missourians across the state plunged into war in response to the Camp Jackson Affair and its polarizing aftermath. Devoted Unionists were called to arms by Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon to join the Home Guards … Continue reading

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Lone Jack – The Fight for Control of Northwest Missouri

By the summer of 1862, the guerrilla war on Missouri’s western border was spiraling out of control for Federal authorities. The year prior, the pro-secessionist government was forced to flee the capital city, allowing the Federals to install a new … Continue reading

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Marmaduke’s Defensive Line at Byram’s Ford

By mid to late October of 1864, Major General Sterling Price’s ragtag Army of Missouri wound its way west toward the Missouri-Kansas border. Since September, the Army of Missouri had moved through northern Arkansas and into Missouri nearly 500 miles … Continue reading

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How One Missourian Remembered the Battle of Gettysburg and the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion

On July 18, 1914, Confederate veteran Robert McCulloch stood in front of the City Club of St. Louis to give a speech on “The High Tide at Gettysburg.” Known colloquially as “Captain,” McCulloch was no ordinary St. Louis citizen. At … Continue reading

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Destroyed Lives, Destroyed History – Historic Preservation and Natural Disasters

Through the night of December 10, 2021, over thirty tornadoes touched down in six states across the Mississippi River valley, from Arkansas to Kentucky. Reports estimate that over one hundred people died tragically in these storms, mostly in Monette, Arkansas; … Continue reading

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“The Daylight of Deliverance” – Nathaniel Lyon Responds to the 1860 Election Results

Two months after the death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon at Wilson’s Creek, The Last Political Writings of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon was published. Utilizing many of Lyon’s political articles and letters he wrote while in Kansas to The Manhattan Express, this remarkable source … Continue reading

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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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