New signs erected to guide visitors to Civil War panels

A new directional sign has been erected along Route F just west of the intersection of Westminster Avenue and 4th Street pointing the way to a Gray Ghost Trail Civil War interpretive panel on the campus of William Woods University.

A new directional sign has been erected along Route F just west of the intersection of Westminster Avenue and 4th Street pointing the way to a Gray Ghost Trail Civil War interpretive panel on the campus of William Woods University. Photo by Don Norfleet.

Fourteen red, white and gray signs marking the route of the Gray Ghosts Trail driving tour through Fulton have been erected here.

The signs point the way along the trail and lead to Civil War interpretive panels and historic sites located along the Gray Ghosts Trail.

One sign is located on Route F just west of the Westminster Avenue and 4th Street intersection. It points to the most recent interpretive panel installed in Fulton on the campus of Westminster College along Westminster Avenue.

Martin Northway, chairman of the Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage, said the trail is located along historic sites located from Danville and Williamsburg through Callaway, Boone, Cooper, Saline and Howard counties. It is sponsored overall by Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation.

The Gray Ghost Trail derives its name from a landmark book on the guerrilla war in Missouri — Richard S. Brownlee’s “Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy.”

The image on the trail signs is that of Capt. William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson, one of the best known Confederate guerrillas.

“These new street signs will lead residents and visitors alike to three Civil War interpretive panels in Fulton that are significant cultural assets,” Northway said.

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