The Civil War in Missouri

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The War Bulletin

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In order to stamp out dissent, Union officials set their sights on pro-Confederate newspapers in the state, with a mix of results. In St. Louis, the Missouri State Journal, War Bulletin, and Extra Herald were all suppressed in July 1861, though further issues continued to be printed, while papers in Lexington, Boonville, Troy, and other towns were physically destroyed by Union troops. Presses that were allowed to continue operation were required to send daily copies of their papers to the provost marshal general in St. Louis for inspection or risk suppression.