Program on Civil War history offered in Mt. Vernon

Saturday, March 11, 2017

LawCo Historical Society to unveil locals in major battles

Lawrence County Historical Society will soon have a copy of a rare Civil War document of local significance in its collection.

Campbell's Company Camp No. 2252, Sons of Confederate Veterans, from Republic, will present a copy of an enlistment roster for a Lawrence County Company of the Missouri State Guard which fought under Sterling Price at the Battles of Carthage and Wilsonís Creek. They will make the presentation and give a program at the 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, Historical Society meeting.

The meeting will be held in the chapel at Jones Memorial, 11110 Farm Road 1137, in Mt. Vernon. The public is asked to use the east entrance, closest to the golf course.

Attendees at the March 19 meeting will be able to view the Civil War exhibit at the LCHS Museum, which is located at Jones Memorial. Among the exhibits is a chair given by Gen. Price to a Grayís Point woman, along with other artifacts and stories.

Also in its collection is an original muster-out roll for Company F, 8th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union) under Capt. John B. Coffee, given by Brenda (Allen) and Mark Conn. While the original is in a safety deposit box, interested persons may view scans of the roll. The Conns also contributed scans to Wilsonís Creek National Battlefield for researchers there.

The Lawrence County Museum focuses on Lawrence County from pre-settlement to the present. For more information, people may e-mail lawrencecountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.