National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: March 29, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives to Host Historian and Lecturer Dr. Terry Beckenbaugh for Divided Loyalties Speaker Series

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host Terry Beckenbaugh on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture titled Missouri at War: The Battles of Boonville and Wilson's Creek A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. Attendees are encouraged to view the Divided Loyalties exhibition prior to the lecture.

The Battles of Boonville on June 17, 1861 and Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861, helped secure Missouri for the Union. Union General Nathaniel Lyon - a controversial figure whose policies split an already divided population-chased Governor Claiborne Jackson from the capital in Jefferson City and gave the Federal government a firm control over the eastern section of the Missouri River valley in the state. Lyon later attempted to annihilate the Missouri State Guard at Wilson's Creek, but failed to destroy it and died in the fighting. Lyon played a key role in keeping Missouri under Union control, but also played a role in the devastating guerrilla warfare that erupted soon afterwards and continued in Missouri throughout the remainder of the war and beyond.

For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker
Terry Beckenbaugh
an assistant professor of Military History at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. He is currently researching a book tentatively titled, Pragmatic Abolitionists which examines the motivations of Federal soldiers to free slaves prior to the Emancipation Proclamation.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000, email or visit

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