When Nathaniel Lyon Court Martialed the Second Cousin of Robert E. Lee

In the years prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, well over two-hundred future field commanders in the war were stationed in Missouri. These soldiers included Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, James Longstreet, William T. Sherman, Braxton Bragg, and many others. They were trained and drilled on the parade ground of Jefferson Barracks Military … More When Nathaniel Lyon Court Martialed the Second Cousin of Robert E. Lee

Slavery in Missouri at the Brink of War

Slavery in Missouri, and the upper Mississippi River Valley, was quite different than the nature of slavery in the Deep South, but also had many similarities. Slavery was permitted in the Louisiana Territory under French control since the early 18th century, when trader Philippe Francois Renault brought 500 slaves to work in the lead mines. … More Slavery in Missouri at the Brink of War