Civil War St. Louis

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University Press of Kansas, 2001 - History - 410 pages
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For them especially, federal martial law was an outrage, one that only served to nail the coffin shut on their loyalty to the Union." "Gerteis's narrative encompasses a wide range of episodes and events involving the lynching of freeman Francis McIntosh and murder of publisher Elijah Lovejoy, the infamous Dred Scott saga (which began in St. Louis), city politics and martial law, battles in and around the city (at Camp Jackson, Wilson's Creek, and Pea Ridge), major river campaigns, manufacture of ironclad combat ships, prison camps and hospitals, and efforts to secure civil rights for blacks while denying the same to former Confederates who would not swear loyalty to the Union."

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Being a border city in a slave state, St. Louis might have gone either way in the secession crisis. This is the story of how and why it emerged as a citadel of free labor within the Union. The reasons ... Read full review


Dred Scott 1858 35
Entrance to the St Louis Arsenal 163
Fremont 166

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Louis S. Gerteis is professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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