Guide to Civil War Resources at the Missouri State Archives

Office of the State Treasurer

The state treasurer is the chief financial officer for Missouri state government. As defined by the Missouri Constitution and state statutes, the duties of the state treasurer are 1) to be the custodian of all state funds, and 2) to invest those funds not needed for daily state operations. The operation of the office is essentially a banking operation, including the dispersal of state funds after presentation of warrants.

Record Group 007: Office of the State Treasurer, 1844-1875; arranged topically by subject.

This small collection contains various documents relating to the Civil War in Missouri, including printed Civil War circulars and miscellaneous correspondence.

The circulars contain instructions and regulations relating to preparing claims for soldiers' pay, rules for rendering accounts to the Quartermaster Department, and include such topics as the use of cash in the commissary, modification of soldiers' food rations, ordnance stores, court martial proceedings, officer retirement, and adoption of uniforms for various corps (Invalid Corps).

The correspondence is comprised of handwritten letters on various topics including a list of sick and wounded transferred to a St. Louis hospital by steamer, a letter regarding Bill Jackson (“son of late C. F. Jackson”) and his gang of rebels/thieves, as well as letters from the Alton Military Prison and the Kansas Brigade.