June 14, 1861: Many officials fled Jefferson City upon hearing that newly promoted Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyons was steaming toward the city with an army, possibly planning to invade.
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.