The Civil War in Missouri

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Reflecting on the War

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How should we remember the lives lived and lost on Missouri soil? As our nation has charted a course away from the battlefields, many have sought to leave markers along the path. Some of these monuments celebrate victories; others commemorate losses. Still others enshrine a particular interpretation of an event or draw attention to the contributions of a particular group of people.

Whether our memories are shaded in blue or gray, black or white, the Civil War's legacy for all its divisiveness unites us all. Our methods of remembering sometimes emphasize our divisions rather than our shared history. In the end, our ways of recalling the Civil War tell us about ourselves. How should we remember the Civil War in Missouri?

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