American Civil War in Missouri

St. Louis Area

St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project

Mob attack in St. Louis.  Harper's Weekly

Gathered from the Civil War collections of twenty-five historical and archival institutions across Missouri and the U. S., the St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project database contains many unique documents that tell the story of St. Louis during the Civil War. In order to provide a clearer picture of life in this tumultuous time, the project brings together documents from the Antebellum Abolitionist period, the War Years, and the Post-War Reconstruction period. Here you will find the Free Negro Bonds signed by Dred and Harriet Scott, the prison letters of Captain W. L. McConnico, CSA, and Edward Bates’ correspondence from the Reconstruction era. This is an important research portal for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War in St. Louis.

Contributing institutions and repositories are: Missouri History Museum; Lindenwood University; St. Louis Jewish Community Archives; St. Louis University; Carondelet Historical Society; Concordia Historical Institute; Detroit Public Library; Gasconade County Historical Society Archives & Records Center; Greene County Archives and Records Center; Jefferson County History Center at Jefferson College Library; Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Library and Archives; Library Company of Philadelphia; Mary Institute/Country Day School; Missouri Botanical Garden Archives; School Sisters of Notre Dame; St. Louis Province Archives; Shelby County Historical Society, Inc.; St. Charles County, Office of Registrar; St. Charles County Historical Society; United Hebrew Congregation; University of Michigan-Bentley Historical Library; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Warren County Historical Society; Washington Historical Society, Inc.; Washington University; Wisconsin Historical Society.

Counties of the St. Louis Area

Franklin Jefferson St. Louis (County & City)
Gasconade Montgomery Warren
  St. Charles  

Manuscript Collections

  • Woodson, Richard Goodrich. Papers, 1862-1865 (R0410)
  • Civil War Special Orders, Missouri, 1863-1864, (C3160)
  • Civil War Documents, 1862-1904, (C2654)
  • Civil War Letter, 1863, (C0464)