The Civil War in Missouri

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Flag Presentation Ceremony in Lexington

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Union military authorities gained a foothold in Missouri wherever and whenever they could. After General Price’s victory at Lexington in 1861, he and his Missouri State Guard were not able to retain control of the town. It quickly fell into the hands of Union authorities who garrisoned troops there until May 1862. This photograph shows townswomen presenting Colonel John D. Stevenson of the 7th Missouri Infantry (Union) with a flag. This act may have been done as a ruse, since many of Lexington’s citizens supported the Confederacy.