“The Terrors and Trials of War”: The Civil War Papers of Henry and Cimbaline Fike

1:00 pm

Join Jeremy Neely, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, and recent MSU graduate Trevor Martin for a conversation with Missouri Civil War historian and former SHSMO associate director John Bradbury. Neely and Martin will talk about their article in the January 2021 Missouri Historical Review on the correspondence between Henry Fike, a quartermaster in the Union army, and his wife, Cimbaline, who wrote from the home front in Mascoutah, Illinois, southeast of St. Louis. The Fikes provide vivid accounts of the hardships of wartime separation as well as Henry’s experiences in Missouri, particularly during Price’s Raid in 1864. Using the Fikes as a starting point, Neely, Martin, and Bradbury will discuss the Civil War in Missouri and the rewards and challenges of working with the state’s historical records of the conflict. Online and free, registration required.


Learn more about Henry Fike’s diaries which are preserved in the State Historical Society of Missouri’s collections.