The Civil War in Missouri

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St. Louis Levee

Daguerreotype by Thomas M. Easterly, 1852
MHM Photographs and Prints

St. Louis’s location at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers made it an important hub of river commerce. Steamboats laden with every good imaginable were a common sight on the waterfront, as described by a visitor to the city in 1847: “I walked the whole extent of the front of the river…and my astonishment at the scene there represented is greater than I can describe. The whole levee is covered, as far as the eye can see, with merchandise landed or to be shipped.”