Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
August 5, 1861: The Battle of Athens, Missouri, was fought—a Civil War skirmish. You can visit the battle site today; it's an official state historic site.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.