Lectures, Film

The Secret War for Missouri

When: Sun., Feb. 21, 1 p.m. 2016

Civil War buffs and fans of local history can indulge in a double dip today at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). In conjunction with its new exhibit on spies and saboteurs, the museum hosts a presentation by Marc Kollbaum on the Boat-Burners of the Civil War at 1 p.m. and a screening of Brant Hadfield's documentary The Battle of Island Mound at 2:30 p.m. The Boat-Burners were headed by pro-Confederate judge Joseph W. Tucker, who with his cohort attacked steamships on the Mississippi from here to Memphis, with little regard for their civilian passengers. Hadfield's film is about the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, which was made up mostly of runaway and freed Missouri slaves. The unit fought the first-ever battle in the Civil War waged by African American soldiers. Hadfield will answer questions following the screening. Both events are free to attend.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission