Something unpleasant in Mount Pleasant


Towns in Missouri were often divided between Union and Confederate supporters. Local institutions such as stores, lodges, and churches became political battlegrounds and recruitment centers. As this letter describes, the Masonic lodge in Mount Pleasant doubled as a secret society for Confederates. Its members rounded up neighbors who were in the local Union militia, killed those who belonged to the Union League, and forced others to join the Confederate Army.

National Archives, Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands