Follow along as the Fulton Sun visits each location in the Great Callaway 200 Scavenger Hunt from the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.
Callawegians have until Nov. 13 to race to 20 historical locations across the county. From early settlement and Civil War battles to religious communities and commerce, these places represent two centuries of county history.
Today, the newspaper is featuring two of the locations highlighted in the scavenger hunt — the Battle of Moore's Mill and the Gray Ghosts Trail.
Hundreds of Union and Confederate troops met at the Battle of Moore's Mill on July 28, 1862, near where State Road JJ runs through today.
The action prevented Colonel Joseph C. Porter from leading hundreds of men to join Confederate forces in Arkansas.
Up to 52 Confederate soldiers died and 100 were wounded. On the Union side, 13 deaths and 55 injuries were recorded. Many of the casualties were buried in a mass grave on the south side of the road a mile west of Calwood.
In 1995 and 1997, reenactments of the battle were held. The spot has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2015. At the site today, visitors can read several signs with detailed descriptions of the timeline of the battle.
The Gray Ghosts Trail is a series of Civil War markers located throughout central Missouri. In Callaway County, signs on the trail describe the impact of the war on the school and the Union occupation of Fulton and recognize freed slaves who served as Union soldiers and whose descendents still live in the area.
In the coming weeks, the Fulton Sun will continue to visit other sites across the county.
Learn more about the hunt at https://www.callawaymohistory.org/scavenger-hunt.