The Civil War in Missouri

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B. M. Lynch’s Rules Regarding the Handling of Slaves at His Establishment

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St. Louis was a major center for the slave trade in the years leading up to the Civil War. As many as 30 slave dealers were accounted for in 1850, but by 1859, Bernard M. Lynch was one of only two left. These rules were posted in a public place at his office to inform customers of rules and expectations.