Today, the Missouri Southern provides a safe and secure atmosphere for family activities.

However, this has not always been the case.  Missouri’s Civil War began along the western border of the Show-Me State in the 1850s during the era of “Bleeding Kansas.” 

Although a border state, Missouri extends far north and slavery was permitted throughout the state.  In time Missouri saw the largest number of military engagements (over 1,000) of any state except, Tennessee and Virginia, the latter  of the Confederate capital of Richmond.

The Battle of Carthage (also known as the Battle of Dry Fork) took place on July 5, 1861.  The battle pitted 1,100 federal soldiers under the command of Colonel Franz Sigel against the 4000 Missouri State Guard troops commanded by Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson. It was the only time a sitting State Governor has led troops in the field.

Also taking part were 150 independent partisans under the command of Capt. Jo Shelby, previously a Missouri farmer. Shelby’s rangers helped secure the victory.

The south won the battle, Carthage was burned to the ground and Jasper County was largely depopulated.  The area bounced back after the war with the beginning of lead and zinc mining, which led to the formation of Joplin, and the blooming of a new Carthage in the Victorian era.