Martial Law and Bushwhackers

5/6/2017 to 5/7/2017 | Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Arrow Rock, MO

Arrow Rock, like most of Missouri, experienced extremely difficult times during the Civil War. No large scale battles occurred in town. but commerce, town government and daily life was disrupted by raiding Confederate bushwhackers (guerillas) and Union troops imposing marital law. Some Arrow Rock residents supported the Union but the vast majority were Confederate sympathizers. In 1864, the town was occupied by federal troops of the 1st Missouri State Militia. Residents suspected of harboring or otherwise aiding and supporting Confederate guerrillas were tried under military law and jailed and some were summarily executed.  

Historical re-enactors will portray small encampments of Union soldiers, Confederate bushwhackers and the civilians caught between the opposing sides. Military drill, arrests and tribunals demonstrating the hardships of the time will periodically be held throughout both days.

Event times:

  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
39521 Visitor Center Drive, Arrow Rock, MO | (660) 837-3330

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs