Divided Loyalties Civil War Exhibit Opens May 19 at Cape River Heritage Museum

Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives will be on display opening at noon on Saturday, May 19 at the Cape River Heritage Museum. A presentation including digitalized documents of the Civil War will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Divided Loyalties exhibit is based in Jefferson City, Mo. and travels all over the state. Museum volunteer Trish Kell said the display was picked up in Jefferson City and staff of the museum pieced it together.

This exhibit displays historic documents from the Jefferson City archives. These documents include the Missouri Constitution, Civil War court cases, personal declarations, letters and common flyers seen during the Civil War era, including “Wanted” posters for brothers Frank and Jesse James.

The exhibit follows the history of the state of Missouri and the uncertainty and turmoil created within its borders by the topic of slavery, which split the state during the Civil War. The conflict continued for the two decades that followed the Kansas Border Wars of the mid-1850s.

Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives will be on display through the month of July. The Cape River Heritage Museum is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

By Amity Downing, Multimedia Journalist
Summer 2012 Public Information Intern