Saturday, April 12, 2014

Battle of Carthage

After a lunch stop at Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ in downtown KC, we headed south on I-49 towards our next big destination of Memphis.  Along the way we planned to stop at a couple civil war battlefields - Carthage and Wilson's Creek, MO.  However, because we got off to a bit of a late start, we only had time to hit Carthage.  Wilson's Creek will come on Saturday morning.

Carthage was the site of the first large civil war battles in Missouri.  Of particular interest in this case was the background of what was going on in Missouri at the time.  Dependent upon northern trade, and not a high percentage slave ownership state, other than in farming, the majority of people in Missouri sat on the side of the Union, or at least in favor of a more neutral approach to the civil war.  However, Missouri also had a pro Confederate governor in Claiborne Fox Jackson.

Carthage marked the coming together of the pro Union and pro Confederate forces in Missouri.  Jackson and his militia forces won the day, signaling a major early win for the Confederates in the west and driving a lot of recruitment for the Confederates within Missouri.

In general, not a lot to see in this battlefield, other than some large sign posters and a nicely maintained lawn.  We'll be looking for bigger and better things at Wilson's Creek.

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