Murrell Library Hosts Civil War Exhibit

April 1st, 2014 - May 22nd, 2014




Marshall, Mo. (March 31, 2014) Missouri Valley College’s Murrell Library along with the Saline County Commission and the Historic Preservation Committee are excited to announce that the “A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri” exhibit will be on display at Murrell Library from March 31 – May 22, 2014 during library hours. The grand opening reception will be held tonight, Monday, March 31 from 5-7 p.m.


“A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri” is a joint project of the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council. The traveling exhibit tells stories of Missourians during the defining conflict of our country.


“It is wonderful to be able to partner with the community on this exhibit,” said Jae Steinkuhler, Murrell Library special events coordinator. “This is one of the largest exhibits we have hosted and it is exciting to hold it in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Marshall.”


The Civil War Battle of Marshall was fought on Oct. 13, 1863. Union Gen. Egbert B. Brown and 1,800 soldiers turned back the raid of Confederate Col. Joseph O. Shelby and his 1,200 cavalrymen in a day-long battle. Union forces attempted to encircle and divide Shelby’s troops, but the Confederate commander successfully withdrew his raiders and escaped in two columns. The victory by Brown and his Federal soldiers in the Battle of Marshall was the culminating event of Shelby’s raid that had begun more than three weeks earlier in southwest Arkansas


“It’s going to be a very neat deal and we are pleased that this program is coming to Saline County.,” Monte Fenner, Saline County Southern District Commissioner said.


Admission to the exhibit, reception and any programming is free. Funding for the exhibit and programming is provided by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, William T. Kemper Foundation and The Commerce Trust Company.


For more information on this exhibit, please contact Jae Steinkuhler at (660) 831-4181 or or Monte Fenner at (660) 886-7777.



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