Then [1861 and 1862] St. Louis and Missouri were in turmoil of excitement and strife. Expected to do the work of a loyal community, not one forth of its wealthy and influential classes were loyal. The head-quarters of the most important department in the conduct of the war, it was itself debatable ground. One half of the cannon planted on the forts for defense of the city were pointed at the city, to keep in awe the enemies within. The number of those who cared to be prominent, even in sanitary works, was not large; and when the Ladies' Union Aid Society was formed, it was almost a secret movement, upon which nine tenths of the citizens looked with disfavor or contempt. page 15.
View of St. Louis looking South-East from the Courthouse. Taken from a steroview card from the collection of Professor Michael J. Fuller.Last Updated: 19-May-2005