Silvana R. Siddali is an assistant professor of history at Saint Louis University. She is the author of From Property to Person: Slavery and the Confiscation Act, 1861-1862.
Civil War Missouri stood at the crossroads of America. As the most Southern-leaning state in the Middle West, Missouri faced a unique dilemma. The state formed the gateway between east and west, as well as one of the borders between the two contending armies. Moreover, because Missouri was the only slave state in the Great Interior, the conflicts that were tearing the nation apart were also starkly evident within the state.