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Missouri Digital Heritage :: Divided Loyalties Opening Exhibit :: Divided Loyalties Audio Tour :: Panel 15 - Martial Law - (Loyalty, Vigilante Justice)
Both the Confederate and Union troops tried to impose their views on the people. The Union-backed provisional government declared martial law in effect. This meant, among other things, that Missourians had to have a military pass in order to travel. In order to get a pass, you had to take an oath of loyalty to the Union. Martial law remained in effect for most of the war.
During this time, many Missourians lived in constant fear. Choosing a side in this conflict was more than just a private decision, and was based on more than personal political views.
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