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Watercolors of Civil War ironclads.
Civil War ironclad ships from the Missouri Squadron

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Missouri Became the 24th State
August 10, 1821

The Civil War continued to divide Missourians. Although the state remained with the Union, some of its citizens chose to fight for the Confederacy. Smith's father and his rescuer, Judge Myers, remained best friends despite their conflicting views on slavery, but the two ended up fighting on opposite sides of the war.

Ironclad ships, built in Missouri, became part of the Missouri Squadron. The vessels aided the Union in preventing the movement of Confederate troops and supplies.

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