Monday, July 4, 2011

Missouri's Confederate history

Facebook friend James Easterwood shared this video with me. It's fitting in this sesquicentennial year for the beginning of the Civil War, the founding of Rolla and the completion of the Phelps County Courthouse.
Rolla played a major role in keeping the Missouri for the Union. Just a month ago we had a re-enactment of the day in June when the "Dutch" soldiers came to town, took down the Confederate flag and occupied the town, which was the railhead for the Southwest Branch of the Pacific Railroad.
Eventually the Union occupation grew to include two forts, Fort Wyman and Fort Dette.

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