Courtesy of Missouri State Parks
August 5, 1861: The Battle of Athens was fought in Athens, Missouri. This Civil War skirmish was the most northern battle west of the Mississippi, and it resulted in a Union victory. Today, you can go visit the Battle of Athens 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.