“Fremont and the Union!”

Well that’s what Major Charles Zagonyi said his 160 bodyguard troopers yelled as they made one heck of a charge into a force of defiant rebels outside Springfield, Missouri on this day (October 25) in 1861.  His initial report read: I report respectfully that yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock I met in Springfield about 2,000Continue reading ““Fremont and the Union!””

Wilson’s Creek, Wyeth’s Painting, and Memory

When I think of the battle of Wilson’s Creek, this image comes to mind: Newell Convers Wyeth completed this mural, along with a companion depicting the 1864 Battle of Westport, in 1920. Both pieces grace the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.   I’m not much of an art historian, but I do recognize theContinue reading “Wilson’s Creek, Wyeth’s Painting, and Memory”