Bloomfield History

The Original Stars and Stripes Staff

The Union Soldiers of 1861 The First Stars & Stripes Staff The Publishers: BENSON T. ATHERTON of Fairfield, Illinois was the publisher of the Prairie Pioneer. He was a private in Company G 18th Illinois Infantry.  Atherton was wounded during February 1862 at Fort Donelson, Tennessee and sent home to recover.  He later returned to duty, but by a special …

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History of the Museum

When the idea of a museum of national stature was proposed to be located in Bloomfield, Missouri, many asked, “Why Bloomfield?” Ken Zumwalt, an editor who served on six editions of the Stars and Stripes after WWII, said, “Why not Bloomfield?” While others suggested that such an important tribute to history should be located in our nation’s …

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