The Civil War in Missouri

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St. Louis County Coroner’s Record Book

1858-1861
MHM Archives

The record book of St. Louis County coroner Louis Charles Boisliniere contains inquests of the more than 30 deaths resulting from the riot following the capture of Camp Jackson on May 10, 1861. Among the entries are two females and at least five casualties younger than 16 years of age (pp. 229-230). Boisliniere also recorded nine victims of a clash between civilians and Home Guards at the Recorder's Court on June 17, 1861 (pp. 247-248). Boisliniere may have counted himself among those who resented the increased military presence in the city as the Union pushed to assert control in Missouri. His final entry on page 288 indicates his objection to pledging loyalty and allegiance to the Union: "This ends my career as Coroner. I would have held the office until Aug. 1862 had I not refused to take the iron clad oath."