Friday, April 9, 2010

Missouri Civil War History Exhibit to begin display (Release by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's Office)

Jefferson City, Missouri - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that a new exhibit, Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives, will open in Jefferson City on Thursday, April 15. In development for three years, the exhibit draws on more than nine million pages of Civil War-related documents to examine the upheaval and uncertainty that characterized Missouri during the Civil War era. Most of the documents used are from the Missouri State Archives, a division of Carnahan's office, and have never been shown before.
"The Civil War might have divided Missouri, but today we can all come together to learn more about this period in our past," Carnahan said. "I am pleased to share with Missourians some of the documents we have at the Archives that help show how the Civil War impacted our state and its citizens."
Through state documents and court cases, the Divided Loyalties exhibit explains that the Civil War in Missouri was not fought solely on the battlefield. Rather, the conflicts that surrounded the war were so divisive that they affected civilians and soldiers alike and lasted long after the war ended. For a video preview of the exhibit, visit the Divided Loyalties page on the Missouri Digital Heritage website.

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