Civil War in Southeast Missouri

Confluence and Crossroads: The Civil War in the American Heartland

Special Collections and Archives in Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University is conducting a survey of original Civil War source materials held by libraries, museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, archives, individuals, State Historic Sites or other organizations and institutions.

Materials of the Confluence and Crossroads: The Civil War in the American Heartland interest include original letters, journals, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts and other ephemera from this period of history. The survey area includes the following Missouri counties: Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Washington, Reynolds, Iron, Madison, Bollinger, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Wayne, Carter, Ripley, Butler, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot and Dunklin; and the following counties in Illinois: Randolph, Jackson, Union, Alexander and Pulaski.

The project is a collaborative effort between Kent Library’s Special Collections, the Center for Regional History and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center and the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. It is being funded by a digital imaging grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Counties of the Southeast Region
Butler Dunklin New Madrid Reynolds St. Francois
Cape Girardeau Iron Oregon Ripley Ste. Genevieve
Carter Madison Pemiscot Scott Stoddard
Crawford Mississippi Perry Shannon Washington
Dent       Wayne

Manuscript Collections

  • Rainwater and Fowler families, papers, 1863-1939 (R0227)
  • Sitton, John James, 1842 1915. Civil War memoir, n.d. (R0377)
  • Books

    History of 36th Regiment Infantry Volunteers, Illinois
      by: L. G. Bennett and William M. Haigh