Missouri November 29, 2017
History Left A Definite Mark At This One Fascinating Spot In Missouri
Missouri was one of the most hotly contested states during the American Civil War. Although Missouri was considered a border state there were still many battles fought throughout the region. Once such battle shows how history left it’s mark in Missouri.
Oliver Anderson built his stately home in Lexington, Missouri in 1853. At the time of its construction the home was considered one of the finest dwellings in the state.
However, in July of 1861, the Union Army evicted the Anderson family and turned their home into a Union hospital. Unfortunately, the Anderson home was about to become a bigger part of Civil War history.
After a Confederate victory at Wilson's Creek, pro-confederate Missouri State Guardsmen were ready to take control of more ground. On September 18th, 19th, and 20th in 1861, Union and Confederate troops skirmished for control of Lexington.
During the final federal assault to re-gain control of the Anderson home, three Confederate soldiers were executed in the grand hall of the home. Both sides believed that the other had violated the Laws of War.
On the last day of fighting soldiers from the Missouri State Guard, who fought for the Confederates, began using water soaked bales of hemp from local warehouses as a movable parapet.
These bales worked so well that Confederate troops were able advance quickly with minimal casualties. Eventually, more guardsmen joined the fight from behind the bales and were able to capture the Union troops by noon.
Battle scars remain over 100 years later. The home was heavily damaged by cannon and rifle ammunition.
The Anderson home was eventually bought by Tilton Davis who lived in and preserved the home for 50 years.
Today, the home and battlefield are a part of the Missouri State Parks system. There is a visitor's center that details the battle before guests make their way to the Anderson home.
A trip to the Battle of Lexington Historic Site is a must for every Missourian. Plus, this Civil War site is located right off Interstate 70 making it an easy drive for most.
Find the historic site at 1101 Delaware, Lexington.
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