The Civil War in Missouri

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Field Glasses of General Sterling Price

ca. 1860
MHM Collections

This pair of field glasses belonged to Confederate general Sterling Price who commanded the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard militia and led his troops into battles at Wilson’s Creek and Lexington, Missouri. He and many of the state militia’s members formally joined the Confederate army in 1862. After being commissioned a major general, Price commanded Confederate forces in failed campaigns in Arkansas and Mississippi. In late 1864, Price led an invasion into Missouri with the intent of capturing St. Louis and seizing control of the state. Price cut a swath of destruction through the state, but to little effect. This raid became the final formal Confederate action in Missouri. Following the war, Price fled to Mexico but returned to St. Louis less than a year before his death in 1867.