The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
Margaret McClure was accused of several illegal actions—from helping to deliver Confederate mail to distributing contraband goods. In 1863, her home was converted to the Chestnut Street Prison, where she and other women who had committed acts of disloyalty were held. McClure was banished to the South and spent the rest of the war in exile in Columbus, Alabama. She returned to St. Louis after the war an unrepentant Confederate and became the first president of the St. Louis chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.