The Civil War in Missouri

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Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair

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The Western Sanitary Commission's biggest fund-raising event was the Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair. The two-week, carnival-like affair served the dual purpose of providing a distraction to keep civilian morale high during the war and netting more than $550,000

to benefit the commission's efforts. Imagine what the fair was like by exploring the map below. Click on the embedded hotspots to view images and descriptions of the fair's sites and scenery.