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Confluence and Crossroads: The Civil War in the American Heartland is a digital repository through which researchers, students, scholars, genealogists, historic interpreters, authors, and members of the general public can access information pertaining to the Civil War in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The chronological scope of this project is 1854-1877, which represents the time period between the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the end of Reconstruction.  The geographic scope of the project includes the following counties in Missouri: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard, Washington, and Wayne; and, the following counties in Illinois: Alexander, Jackson, Pulaski, Randolph, and Union.


This is a collaborative project between Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University; the Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, Jackson, Missouri; the Center for Regional History, Southeast Missouri State University; and, the Department of History, Southeast Missouri State University as an initiative to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial.  Funding for Confluence and Crossroads is provided 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.


Project staff: Dr. Lisa K. Speer; Ellen M. Ryan; Alan J. Medlock

Student Workers, Volunteers, and Interns: Adam Al-Sayed; Amber Cason; Staci Cox; Elaine Hendrix; Robert Keough; Christopher Kinder; Ira King; Aaron Lisec; Sawyer Magnus; Ellen Mays; Andrew Neher; Amy Nickless; Nicholas Powell; Jessica Reisenbichler


The following institutions have generously contributed materials for this project:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL

Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, Jackson, MO

Cape River Heritage Museum, Cape Girardeau, MO

Cairo Custom House, Cairo, IL

Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Current River Heritage Museum, Doniphan, MO

Fort Davidson State Historic Site, Pilot Knob, MO

Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, New Madrid, MO

Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN

Iron County Historical Society, Ironton, MO

Library of Congress

Mississippi County Historical Society, Charleston, MO

Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO

National Archives and Records Administration

New Madrid Historical Museum, New Madrid, MO

Old Mines Area Historical Society, Cadet, MO

Perry County Historical Society, Perryville, MO

Randolph County Courthouse, Chester, IL

St. Francois County Historical Society, Farmington, MO

Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina

Sparta Public Library, Sparta, IL

Special Collections and Archives, Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University

Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, MO

State Historical Society of Missouri, Rolla, MO

Union County Courthouse, Jonesboro, IL

Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA

Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI


The following collections have been generously contributed by private individuals:

Bob Schmidt Civil War Collection

Busch, Walter Collection

Carman, H. M. Family Collection

Foster, Channing B. Papers

Halcomb Collection

Hill Family Papers

Kasten Family Papers

Ludwig Family Papers

Meyer Family Collection

Murray Family Papers

Newman Family Papers

Parker Family Papers

Schwepker Family Papers

Senne, John C. Letters, 1862-1863

Thilenius, Col. George Papers

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