Places to Visit

Freedom's Memorial statue

Freedom's Memorial statue, dedicated 1876, funded by William Greenleaf Eliot's Western Sanitary Commission with Charlotte Scott's "foundation $5"

St. Louis and Missouri are gearing up for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War fighting. Walk the battlefields, explore the waterfront, visit the cemeteries, the art galleries, the sites and ruins that reflect Civil War history.

Below I list locales connected to The Great Heart of the Republic, starting at a distance from St. Louis and working my way to the Arch grounds. If you have suggestions of places to be included, please contact me.


Börnsteingasse, Vienna, a small street named for Henry Boernstein (Heinrich Börnstein), longtime radical editor of the Anzeiger des Westens


Carlota, Veracruz, failed colony of ex-Confederates including Sterling Price, invited by Emperor Maximilian to Mexico


Washington, D.C.

Freedom’s Memorial in Lincoln Park, a controversial image of emancipation funded by William Greenleaf Eliot’s Western Sanitary Commission

African American Civil War Memorial, dedicated to those who joined the U.S. Army and Navy, including Missouri regiments

New York

Carl Schurz Park, named for the Liberal Republican politician influential in St. Louis and New York

Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan's East Side

Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan's East Side

The Puck Building, home of Joseph Keppler’s satiric magazines, after St. Louis

Metropolitan Museum of Art, home of Emmanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware


Bent’s Fort, key stop along the Santa Fe Trail and an outfitting point for fur traders established by St. Louisans

The Fort, a Bent’s Fort replica and center for period-themed food, clothing, and celebrations


Palmito Ranch battlefield, site of the last Civil War battle and the founding discussions by Missouri US Colored Troops about Lincoln University


State of Kansas Department of Tourism – Civil War activities

Free State Hotel (another hotel building on the site)

Iowa and Illinois

Cahokia Mounds State Park, site of the original Midwestern metropolis, within sight of St. Louis.

Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial website

Illinois Civil War Sesquicentennial website

Cahokia, the original Midwest metropolis

Brooklyn, Illinois, St. Louis’s companion African American settlement

Rock Island Bridge, first rail bridge over the Mississippi River




Official State of Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Tourism website – now updated regularly!

Missouri’s Civil War, a tourism and heritage site

Missouri’s Civil War, highlighting Civil War battlefields including Pilot Knob, Boonville, and Lexington

Lincoln University of Missouri, the nation’s first lasting memorial to the assassinated President, funded by U.S. Colored Troops

Hannibal, hometown of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Gasconade Bridge, site of the 1855 Pacific Rail Road disaster

St. Louis

Freedom’s Gateway: St. Louis in the Civil War sesquicentennial website

Model for the Lincoln University statue by Ed Dwight, Soldier’s Memorial, 2007 (now completed)

Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks, still in development

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial: The Gateway Arch, site of the 1849 Great Fire

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial: St. Louis Old Courthouse, site of Dred and Harriet Scott’s petition, Carl Wimar’s murals, and more

Eads Bridge, first rail bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis

Robert Campbell House Museum, period house from prominent St. Louis fur trader

Sugarloaf Mound, the last remaining American Indian mound in St. Louis

St. Louis University campus, site of Camp Jackson

St. Louis Mercantile Library, established 1846, and a treasure trove of St. Louis history

Grave marker for Dred Scott, Calvary Cemetery

Bellefontaine and Calvary cemeteries, final resting place of many Civil War St. Louisans.

Greenwood Cemetery, final resting place of Harriet Scott and other African American Civil War St. Louisans

Nathaniel Lyon Park, site of the St. Louis Arsenal

Lafayette Park, home of the Harriet Hosmer statue of Thomas Hart Benton

Forest Park, established with the city-country boundary; Samuel Tilden and Democratic National Convention delegates attend dedication; statues of Frank Blair and Edward Bates, among others.

St. Louis Art Museum, home of iconic George Caleb Bingham paintings

Missouri History Museum, home of many period artifacts and tremendous research opportunities

For St. Louis sites, be sure to see The Civil War in St. Louis: A Guided Tour, with tours of many of these locales.