The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
This cane was made by Major Harvey Wallis Salmon of the Missouri State Guard (Confederate) while he was imprisoned at Camp Chase, Ohio. Salmon was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but was raised in Versailles, Morgan County, Missouri. In May 1861, he enlisted in the 6th Missouri State Guard, Brown’s Regiment, Company F. He was captured in December of that year while on recruiting duty in his home town of Versailles. Salmon would be held in several federal prisons, including Camp Chase, before being exchanged. After regaining his freedom, he enlisted in Colonel William Henry Parson’s Brigade, which was part of Major General Price’s army, and served on his staff as chief of ordnance until the end of the war. After the war he was prominent in the Democratic party in Missouri. He died April 27, 1927, in St. Louis.