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Missouri's bloody Civil War battles
Missouri's bloody Civil War battles

"Split state" used to sound simple to me, as though it were 50-50, North versus South, nice tidy halves. But Missouri wasn't just split in the Civil War. It was shattered. Rifts ran through every level of society all over the state — through counties, towns, church congregations, families, right down into individual souls. Missouri had rich slave owners who wanted to stay in the Union and poor farmers who never saw a slave but fought for the South. Even Julia Grant, wife of the Union general who would win the war, came from a wealthy slave-owning family with a plantation outside St. Louis. "This is why the border states are so bloody," said Maryellen...

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