This post excerpted from the Chillicothe News
County divided during Civil War
By Catherine Stortz Ripley email@example.com
Posted Mar. 24, 2016 at 2:40 PM
The Civil War broke out approximately 155 years ago. Missouri was a divided state and Missourians fought on both sides of the war, sometimes brother against brother, and father against sons. Livingston Countians were represented on both sides. The Secessionists were in the majority, and were active and aggressive. The Unionists were passive. Early in the beginning of the war, federal authorities realized the importance of protecting the Hannibal and St. Joseph railroad, which ran through Livingston County, and keeping it intact. If the thoroughfare could be preserved, federal troops could move quickly from one side of the state to the other as they were needed, supplies and munitions of war sent and all of the northern Missouri kept under federal domination. Read the article at http://www.chillicothenews.com/article/20160324/NEWS/160329382.
Image credit: Veterans of General Price's Army. Courtesy Grand River Historical Society. See newspaper article for description.