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Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation officially launched the mocivilwar.org site at a press conference in St. Louis on October 16, held in connection with the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a Missouri Not-for-Profit corporation which has qualified as a tax-exempt educational organization under the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was formed on June 18, 2001, and has as its principal purpose the promotion of tourist interest in Missouri's cultural heritage sites related to the Civil War, and other Nineteenth Century events which precipitated or resulted from that War. Closely related to this purpose is the purpose of increasing Missouri's inventory of cultural tourism resources in these fields. The Foundation will employ a variety of means and methods to encourage local support for preservation and interpretation projects designed to increase tourist interest. The Foundation's work looks ahead to the year 2011, which will be the 150th anniversary of the opening events of the Civil War. It will prepare Missouri to take full advantage of the economic benefits which will flow from this milestone event. The Foundation is interested in hearing from you if you are a city, county or regional organization interested in preserving and marketing your sites, or an individual interested in membership. For more information on the foundation check out the website at www.mocivilwar.org or contact Greg Wolk at ghw@borgmannlaw.com 

Below are profiles of some little-known Bushwhackers, Guerrillas, Partisan Rangers, Confederates and Southern Sympathizers from Missouri (Taken from the upcoming book Branded as Rebels II by Donald R. Hale)

Milt Abbott
He was with Confederate General Joseph Porter on his raid in north Missouri in September 1862. He revealed many years later the fate of Andrew Allsman, the Unionist who had caused Confederate sympathizers so much grief in north Missouri. The disappearance of Allsman was the cause of the Palmyra Massacre in October 1862. Allsman was last seen September 16, 1862, near Troublesome Creek near Steffenville, Missouri with two Confederate guerrillas. Twenty-five years later in 1877, Allsman's bleached skull was found by a farmer along the creek. The farmer gave it away and the skull eventually ended up with a pharmacist in Newark, Missouri who put it on display. The skull drew crowds! Edward Wilson bought the skull from the pharmacist in 1890 and installed it in a handmade walnut cabinet complete with velvet lining. He later located one of Allsman's daughters in Palmyra. She identified it and gave it a burial. Ref: James J. Fisher column, Kansas City Star, July 29, 1994.

Eliza Ann Pruit (Prewitt) Hampton
Mrs. Eliza Ann Pruit Hampton, 95, died in San Louis Obispo, California in June 1943. She was born April 25, 1848, five miles from Independence, Missouri and spent her childhood there. She was perhaps the only woman who set foot on a battlefield (so read the newspaper article.) She was taken prisoner when a girl and made to walk at the point of a bayonet, but was later released unharmed. Her two sisiters and a brother were taken prisoner by the Yankees and the property of her parents was fired and destroyed as the soldiers marched through the country in the Civil War. She and her husband, Edward Hampton, arrived in San Louis Obispo on April 28, 1875. In the 1860 Jackson County Census, in the family of John Prewitt, a farmer in Independence, there is an Eliza age 12. Ref: Lee's Summit Journal, June 17, 1943.

George E. Miller
He was from Virginia. He went to Lafayette County, Missouri in 1859 and located at the town of Berlin on the Missouri River. He clerked for a number of years for Joseph Shelby (later to be General Shelby of the Confederacy) at his hemp factory. When the Civil War broke out he returned to Virginia and joined the Confederate Army. He was with General Early when he was made a captain of his command. He served the full four years and then returned to Lafayette County, Missouri. Here he taught school and when he quit teaching he was the oldest public school teacher in the county. He died at the age of 73 years and nine months in Higginsville, Missouri on November 19, 1903 after a lingering illness of several weeks. Ref: Oak Grove Banner, November 28, 1903.

Last Union Widow Dies January 20, 2003
Gertrude Janeway the last widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, has died in the three-room log cabin where she lived most of her life. She was 93.

Bedridden for years, she died Friday, more than six decades after the passing of the man she called the love of her life, John Janeway, who married her when he was 81 and she was 18. Gertrude Janeway was the last recognized Union widow. She received a $70 check each month from the Veterans Administration. K. C. Star, January 20, 2003

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Other history-minded web sites:

Missouri Civil War
Heritage Foundation

Cedarcroft Farm and Civil War links

How to Order Military & Pension records for Union Civil War Veterans from the National Archive

The State Historical Society of Missouri

State Military Records

Blue Springs Historical Society

Jackson County Historical Society Archives

Missouri State Archives

Black Archives of Mid-America

Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Kansas City

National Archives and Records Administration

Sterling Price Camp, No. 145 SCV

John T. Hughes Camp, No. 614 SCV

National Frontier Trails Center

James Country

Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks

Mid-Missouri Civil War Round Table

Missouri Civil War Reenactors' Association

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