Explore battlefield remnants and the Anderson House, used as a field hospital during the Battle of Lexington, 1861.
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The Anderson house is important not only for its role in the Battle of Lexington but also because it is a fine example of the large mansion houses that prosperous slave holding southerners were building in Missouri in the 1840’s and 1850’s.
It was once called “the largest and best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” Today Oliver Anderson’s mansion is best known for the three bloody days in 1861 when it was a fiercely contested prize in a Civil War battle between the Union army and the Missouri State Guard.
Today it is restored and furnished in mid-19th century fashion, but it still displays damage from the shot and shell that hammered it during the Battle of Lexington. Union entrenchments can still be seen on the battlefield.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The public is invited to share comments about the historic site and its operations. Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which... details>>
Monday, August 21, 2017
Enjoy a view of this solar event from the battlefield. Make a day out of it by packing a picnic lunch! Don’t forget to bring blankets or chairs for seating. For our site the... details>>
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Men of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry & Their Stories: The Battle of Island Mound was only the first of many fights for the men of the 1st KCVI. Come hear about... details>>