Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, Higginsville, Missouri

The Confederate Soldiers Home of Missouri provided comfort and refuge to 1,600 Civil War veterans and their families from 1891 to 1950. On the grounds are the century-old chapel and cottage, a farmhouse and the 1920s-era hospital building.

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Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington Missouri

In September. of 1861, the “Battle of the Hemp Bales” lifted Southern spirits and further dampened Northern hopes of an easy victory in the struggle for Missouri.

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The Civil War in Independence, Missouri

In Jackson County, two major battles took place within the city of Independence, Missouri. The first Battle of Independence, one of the first urban battles of the Civil War, was August 11, 1862.
The second Battle of Independence/Battle of the Little Blue, was October 21-22, 1864, when the Union and Confederate armies fought along the Little Blue River in Eastern Jackson County.The Confederate victory was a costly one. Any strategic gain was offset by the loss of several able officers.

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