Callaway group launches Civil War website

On Oct. 27, 1861, Col. Jefferson Jones famously pulled together a local resistance force and successfully bluffed his way to a special truce from an invading Union militia force under militia general John B. Henderson, resulting in the legend of the Kingdom of Callaway.

On Oct. 27, 1861, Col. Jefferson Jones famously pulled together a local resistance force and successfully bluffed his way to a special truce from an invading Union militia force under militia general John B. Henderson, resulting in the legend of the Kingdom of Callaway. (Contributed photo)

Thanks to the Internet, information on just about any subject one can think of is only the click of a mouse away these days.

With that in mind, the Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage has launched a new website — www.callawaycivilwar.org — in hopes of attracting a broader audience to the story of Callaway County’s role in the conflict.

“We’re hoping to reach more of our local people and also people who are out of town who may have no idea what was going on here during the Civil War,” said Heritage member Martin Northway, who also is an active member of the local Elijah Gates Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The new site includes details on the legend of how Callaway became a kingdom; information on battles fought in Callaway such as the skirmish at Overton Run and the Battle of Moore’s Mill; the roles played by Callawegians during the war; and articles on what life was like on the home front during the Civil War; general information on the war in Missouri.

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