Guerilla violence along the Missouri-Kansas border was so vicious that Union General Thomas Ewing issued Order number 11. Union soldiers drove away families and burned out both Yank and Reb farms in a great swath across four Missouri counties.

On-Line Resources about the Civil War
For obsessive Civil War buffs as well as people who want to further explore the Civil War in St. Louis


 Websites to Explore 

Civil War Heritage Foundation 

Missouri Civil War Museum

Missouri History Museum

Benton Barracks 

Jefferson Barracks 

Alton, Illinois 

Alton Museum 

Mercantile Library at UMSL

St. Louis Public Library 

Old Courthouse 

General Grant 

Grant’s Cabin 

Civil War Roundtable


St. Louis Attractions


In outstate Missouri and across the country

Missouri Tourism 

In Bloomfield, Missouri, birthplace of the Stars and Stripes newspaper

Missouri Digital History 

Sites west of St. Louis in "Little Dixie." 

History Channel 

National Archives

Bookseller Site






Statues and Memorials
St. Louis-Where the West Began
What Caused the Civil War?
The Men Who Started the Shooting War
Lincoln and Douglas
Abraham Lincoln
Grant and Sherman
Bellefontaine Cemetery
More St. Louis Stories
Victorian Verity
Donna Ross's Speaker Site

Born in St. Louis, 11 year old Fred Grant often accompanied General Grant in the field. He was one of many very young boys who went to war. Fred served as aide to his father. Hundreds enlisted as musicians. Until bugles were popularized when Union Army General Daniel Butterfield wrote Taps in 1862, drum beat patterns provided signals for action. Drummer boys served an important function in the Civil War.