Clay County compiles its Civil War graves

Volunteers at the Clay County Archives and Historical Library have completed an impressive task - compiling 812 biographical narratives of Civil War soldiers buried in the county.


Details include their birth and death dates, unit and rank, and place of burial.

The effort is compiled in a new book appropriately titled: "Divided Loyalties — Civil War Soldiers Buried in Clay County, Missouri."

The effort was undertaken as a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The book includes more than 600 photos of the soldiers or their grave markers. There also is a list of 69 county cemeteries.