Was a part of what was originally known as Upper Louisiana
By the grant of Louis XIV.
, Sept. 14, 1712, “all the country drained by the waters emptying, directly or indirectly, into the Mississippi River
,” is included in the boundaries of Louisiana
In northern Louisiana
were included Arkansas
, and Nebraska
Below the Missouri
the settlements were more rapid.
In 1720 the discovery of lead-mines within its present borders drew adventurers there.
Its oldest to town, St. Genevieve
, was founded in 1755, and, by the treaty of Paris
, in 1763, that whole region passed into the possession of the English
Already many of the Canadian French
had settled on the borders of the Mississippi
Lands were liberally granted to the colonists by the English
Emigrants from Spain
flocked in. In 1775 St. Louis
, which had been first a fur-trading establishment, contained 800 inhabitants, and St. Genevieve
In the region of Missouri
there were soon stirring events; for Spain
, taking sides with the Americans
, made war on the English
, and that country became master of lower Louisiana
In 1780 the British
from the Lakes
attacked St. Louis
, but the timely arrival of Col. George Rogers Clarke
(q. v.) in Illinois
saved it from capture.
After the war Spain
and the country on the east bank of the Mississippi
became the property of the United States
American settlers crossed the Mississippi
, and collisions with the Spanish
Diplomacy settled the disputes, and the navigation of the Mississippi
was made free to both parties.
The purchase of Louisiana
(q. v.) made a final settlement.
It was divided into the Territory of New Orleans
and the District of Louisiana.
The latter was admitted into the Union
as the State of Louisiana
The name of the District of Louisiana was changed to Missouri
, and at that time the population was full 22,000.
In 1817 it had increased to 60,000, and application was made to Congress for permission to frame a State constitution.
It was framed, and application was made for the admission of Missouri
as a State.
Then came the struggle between the friends and foes of the slavelabor system, which ended in the famous compromise (see Missouri compromise
), in accordance with the provisions of which Missouri
was admitted to the Union
, Aug. 10, 1821.
From that time the material prosperity of the State
It was checked somewhat by the Civil War
The inhabitants of the State
were much agitated by the political events in Kansas
(q. v.). They had pretty well learned the merits of the question at issue, and when they were called upon to act they did so intelligently.
They knew the value of the Union
; and the great body of the people deprecated the teachings of the disloyal politicians, and determined to stand by the national government.
Claiborne F. Jackson
was inaugurated governor of Missouri
, Jan. 4, 1861.
In his message to the legislature he recommended the people to stand by their sister slave-labor States in whatever course they might pursue.
He recommended the calling of a convention.
This the legislature authorized (Jan. 16), but decreed that its action on the subject of secession should be submitted to the people before it should be valid.
The convention assembled in Jefferson City
, Feb. 28.
On the second day of the session it adjourned to St. Louis
, where it reassembled, March 4, with Sterling Price
as president, and Samuel A. Lowe
professed to be a Unionist, and so obtained his election.
He soon afterwards became one of the most active Confederate military leaders in that region.
Luther J. Glenn
, an accredited commissioner from Georgia
, was allowed to address the convention on the first day of the session at St. Louis
He strongly urged Missouri
to join the Southern Confederacy ; but it was found that the atmosphere of St. Louis
, in and out of the convention, was not congenial to the nourishment of such an idea.
The population of that city was made up largely of New-Englanders and Germans, who were loyal; while emigrants from slave-labor States, especially Virginia
, composed the great body of the Confederates
's remarks were greeted with hisses by spectators at the convention.
The convention itself officially assured him that his views were not acceptable to that body, and its proceedings throughout were marked by a great dignity and propriety.
The report of a committee on federal relations, submitted to the convention on March 9, deplored the offensive language used towards the slave-labor States and the institution of slavery by the antislavery speakers and writers in the freelabor States; but declared that “heretofore there has been no complaint against the actions of the federal government, in any of its departments, as designed to violate the rights of the Southern States
The committee concluded that, while the possession of the government by a sec-
tional party might lead to dangerous strife, the history of the country taught that there was not much to be feared from political parties in power.
The report closed with seven resolutions evincing attachment to the Union
; declaring the Crittenden Compromise
(see Crittenden, John Jordon
) to be a proper basis for an adjustment; that a convention of the States to propose amendments to the Constitution
would be useful in restoring peace and quiet to the country; that an attempt to “coerce the submission of the seceding States, or the employment of military force by the seceding States to assail the government of the United States
,” would inevitably lead to civil war; and earnestly entreated the national government and the Confederates
to “stay the arms of military power.”
The convention substantially adopted this report, March 19; and an amendment was agreed to recommending the withdrawal of the National
troops from the forts within the borders of the seceding States where there is danger of collision between the State
and National troops.
After appointing delegates to a Border State convention, and giving power to a committee to call another session when it might seem necessary, the convention adjourned to the third Monday in December.
A Union convention, which had been held in February, 1861, and adjourned, reassembled at Jefferson City
, on July 22, and proceeded to reorganize the civil government of the State
, which had been broken up by the flight of the governor and other officers and the dispersion of the legislature, many of whom were now Confederate soldiers.
By a vote of 56 to 25 the convention declared the various State offices vacant; also that the seats of the members of the General Assembly were vacant; and they proceeded to fill the
executive offices to carry on a provisional government, and appointed the first Monday in November as the time for the people to elect all the State
officers and a new Assembly.
The convention issued an address to the people, in which they set forth the dangers with which the commonwealth was menaced by the acts of the Confederates
, and exposed the treasonable acts of the governor and his associates.
H. R. Gamble
was appointed provisional governor; W. P. Hall
; and M. Oliver
, secretary of state
On July 31, 1861, Thomas C. Reynolds
, issued a proclamation at New Madrid, as acting chief-magistrate in the “temporary absence,” he said, “of Governor Jackson
,” in which he declared the absolute severance of Missouri
from the Union
“Disregarding forms,” he said, “and looking to realities, I view any ordinance for the separation from the North
and union with the Confederate States
as a mere outward ceremony to give notice to others of an act already consummated in the hearts of the people; consequently, no authority of the United States
will hereafter be permitted in Missouri
This short way of transferring the allegiance of the people of a State from one power to another was followed by the announcement, in the same proclamation, that they were placed under the military rule of the Confederacy
, and that by invitation of Governor Jackson
, Gen. Gideon J. Pillow
(q. v.), of Tennessee
, had already entered Missouri
The fugitive governor (Jackson
) had been to Richmond
to prepare the way for the admission of Missouri
into the Confederacy
From New Madrid he proclaimed, Aug. 5, 1861, that Missouri
was “a sovereign, free, and independent republic.”
On the 20th of the same month the Confederate Congress at Richmond
passed an act to “aid the State of Missouri
in repelling invasion by the United States
, and to authorize the admission of said State as a member of the Confederate States of America
Measures were speedily adopted for the consummation of the alliance, and during a greater portion of the war men claiming to represent the people of Missouri
occupied seats in the Confederate Congress at Richmond
The old legislature of Missouri met at Neosho
, Oct. 21, and on the 28th passed an ordinance of secession.
An act to provide for the defence of the State of Missouri
was adopted Nov. 1, in which provision was made for the issue of what were called “defence bonds” to the amount of $10,000,000, payable in three, five, and seven years.
As before indicated, popular feeling in Missouri
was opposed to secession, but the State
authorities favored it. Civil
war was begun there by the governor (C. F. Jackson
), who, on June 12, 1861, issued a call for the active service of 50,000 of the State
militia, “for the purpose of repelling invasion, and for the protection of the lives, liberty, and property of the citizens.”
Gen. Nathaniel Lyon
(q. v.), in command of the Department of Missouri, moved against Governor Jackson
as soon as the latter had raised the standard of revolt at Jefferson City
He sent (July 12, 1861) a regiment of Missouri
volunteers, under Col. Franz Sigel
.) to occupy and protect the Pacific Railway from St. Louis
to the Gasconade River
, preparatory to a movement southward to oppose an invasion by Gen. Benjamin McCulloch
, a Texan ranger, who had crossed the Arkansas
frontier with about 800 men, and was marching on Springfield
left St. Louis
(June 13) with 2,000 men, on two steamboats, for Jefferson City
, to drive Jackson
out of it. The Missouri troops were commanded by Colonels Blair
, the regulars by Captain Lathrop
, and the artillery by Capt. J. Totten
The Confederates fled westward to a point near Booneville
to hold the capital, Lyon
followed, June 16.
He overtook the fugitives not far from Booneville
landed his men and attacked the camp of the Confederates
, commanded by Colonel Marmaduke
, of the State
forces, some of whose troops had made a citadel of a brick house.
The camp was on an eminence.
ascended this and opened a battle by firing into the midst of the Confederates
A sharp fight ensued.
Two of Lyon
's shells entered the brick house and drove out the inmates.
Finally the Confederates
They lost a battery, twenty prisoners, several horses, and a considerable amount of military stores.
Leaving a company to hold the deserted camp, Lyon
pushed on to Booneville
The fugitives scattered, some going westward and some southward.
With the latter went Governor Jackson
, on the Osage
, he was joined (June 20) by 400 men under Colonel O'Kane
, who had just captured and dispersed about the same number of the loyal Missouri
The governor and his followers continued their flight to the extreme southwestern corner of Missouri
, where he was
joined by General Price
, when the whole Confederate force amounted to full 3,000 men. At the same time Gen. J. G. Rains
, a graduate of West Point
, was hurrying forward to join Jackson
with a considerable force, closely pursued by Major Sturgis
, with a body of Kansas
was now satisfied that the whole of northern Missouri
was lost to the cause of secession, and he endeavored to concentrate all the armed disloyal citizens, with McCulloch
's men, in the southwestern part of the commonwealth.
Assured by the aspect of affairs, and conciliatory and assuring proclamations from both General Lyon
and Colonel Boernstein
, the people became quieted, and the loyal State convention was called to assemble at Jefferson City
on July 22, 1861. General Lyon
remained at Booneville
about a fortnight, preparing for a vigorous campaign in the southwest.
He then held military control over the whole region northward of the Missouri River
, and on July 1 there were at least 10,000 loyal troops in Missouri
, and 10,000 more might have been there within forty-eight hours from camps in neighboring States.
was pushing forward towards the borders of Kansas
to open the campaign.
The capture of the Confederate
troops at St. Louis
(q. v.) produced consternation among their friends in Jefferson City
, where the Missouri legislature was in session.
A bill was immediately passed by which the governor was authorized to receive a loan of $500,000 from the banks and to issue $1,000,000 in State bonds for war purposes.
He was also authorized to purchase arms, and the whole military power of the State
was placed under his control.
Meanwhile General Harney
had issued a proclamation denouncing the bill as an indirect secession ordinance, and null; yet, anxious for peace, he was ready to pursue a conciliatory policy.
He entered into a compact (May 21) with Sterling Price
(q. v.), a general of the State
militia, which had for its object the securing of the neutrality of Missouri
in the impending conflict.
, in the name of the governor, pledged the power of the State
to the maintenance of order.
, in the name of his government, agreed to make no military movements as long as order was preserved.
The loyal people were alarmed, for they well knew the governor would violate his pledge.
The national government did not sanction the compact.
was relieved of his command, and on May 29 Lyon
, who had been commissioned (May 16) a brigadier-general, was put in his place and made commander of the Department of Missouri.
The purse and sword of Missouri
were in the hands of the governor, and he defied the national government.
He determined to wield the power of the State
in favor of the Confederacy
Finally General Lyon
and others held a conference (June 11) with Governor Jackson
He demanded, as a vital condition of pacification, the disbanding of the Home Guards
—loyal citizens—throughout the State
, and that no National troops should be allowed to set foot on the soil of Missouri
refused compliance, and on the following day the governor raised the standard of revolt, as before narrated.
Strengthened by the successes of Pope
(see Blackwater, battle at the
), Gen. Henry W. Halleck
, who had succeeded to the command of the Department of Missouri, prepared to put forth more vigorous efforts to purge the State
On Dec. 3, 1861, he declared martial law in St. Louis
, and afterwards extended it to all railroads and their vicinities.
, being promised reinforcements from Arkansas
, moved back to Springfield
, where he concentrated about 12,000 men, and prepared to spend the winter there.
sent Gen. S. R. Curtis
to drive him out of the State
was assisted by Generals Davis
, and Prentiss
They moved in three columns.
Early in February, 1862, Price
fled into Kansas
, whither he was pursued by Curtis
; and Halleck
wrote to his government, late in February, that he had “purged Missouri
,” and that the flag of the Union
was “waving in triumph over the soil of Arkansas
In accomplishing this work no less than sixty battles—most of them skirmishes—had been fought on Missouri
soil, beginning with Booneville
, at the middle of June, 1861, and ending at the middle of February, 1862.
These conflicts resulted in the loss, to both
parties, in killed, wounded, and prisoners, of about 11,000 men.
Emboldened by the failure of the Red River expedition
(q. v.), the Confederates
, by raiding bands, awed the Unionists in Arkansas
into inactivity, and gave General Price
an opportunity, early in the fall of 1864, to invade Missouri
again, this time chiefly for a political purpose.
Secret societies in sympathy with the Knights of the Golden circle
(q. v.) had been formed in Missouri
and neighboring Southern States, whose object was to give aid to the Confederate
had been promised 20,000 recruits if he should enter Missouri
with a respectable military force.
He and General Shelby
crossed the Missouri
border early in September with 20,000 followers, and pushed on to Pilot Knob
, half-way to St. Louis
But the promised recruits did not appear.
The vigilant Rosecrans
, then in command of the Department of the Missouri, had discovered Price
's plans and, by some arrests, had so frightened the remainder that they prudently remained in concealment.
was disappointed; and he soon perceived that a web of great peril was gathering around him. General Ewing
, with a brigade of National troops struck him an astounding blow at Pilot Knob
Soon afterwards these and other troops under Gen. A. J. Smith
and General Mower
flying westward towards Kansas
, closely pursued.
This chase was enlivened by several skirmishes, and late in November Price
was a fugitive in western Arkansas
with a broken and dispirited army.
This was the last invasion of Missouri
by the Confederates
In the expulsion of Price
from Missouri Gen. Alfred Pleasonton
(q. v.) bore a conspicuous part.
The total loss of the Nationals during the invasion was 346 killed and wounded. Price
much weaker than when he entered it.
On Jan. 6, 1865, another convention assembled at St. Louis
and framed a new constitution, which was ratified by a popular vote in June following.
During the war Missouri
furnished to the National
army 108,773 troops.
In 1869 the legislature of Missouri ratified the Fifteenth Amendment to the national Constitution.
Population in 1890, 2,679,184; in 1900, 3,106,665.
See United States, Missouri
, in vol.
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