The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
After being assessed for his disloyalty, Dr. William McPheeters was faced with a choice in the summer of 1862. He could follow the law by signing a loyalty oath to practice medicine, go to prison, or escape to the South. McPheeters went South to join the Confederate army, leaving his wife, Sallie, and six children behind in St. Louis. Sallie visited her husband by using a pass signed by the provost marshal, but she and their children were eventually banished when she continued to correspond with him.