Macon County Courthouse - Macon, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 39° 44.510 W 092° 28.370
15S E 545167 N 4399236
Quick Description: This somber, gray sits in front of the town's courthouse and sends a simple and powerful one line message: FREEDOM WILL NEVER BE FREE
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 7:38:51 PM
Waymark Code: WM5DA8
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 13

Long Description:
About the Area
The original courthouse was located in Bloomington, Missouri, and constructed in 1838.

As the American Civil War broke out in 1861, Bloomington became decidedly Pro-Southern. General Lewis Merril ordered Major Thomas Moody to burn the entire town. Major Moody was from the area, and had friends amougst the population. The Major convinced General Merril that he would reduce the influence of the town, by running for state legislature. If elected, he promised to introduce a bill to move the county seat from Bloomington to Macon.

Macon was regarded a a strategic key to Northeastern Missouri during the Civil War. Macon brought together the junction of two railroads. With its importance in consideration, the Union garrisoned troops within the town.

In 1863, Moody was elected to the state legislature. Subsequently, he proposed legislation to move the Macon County Seat to the junctoion of the North Missouri and the Hanibal and St. Joseph Railroads at Macon. As an act of military necessity, the bill was adopted by the legislature within 48 hours after its introduction on March 18, 1863.

The courthouse was completed in September 1865, after the conclusion of the war, however, this certainly sealed the fate of Bloomington. Today, Bloomington does not exist as a "city" or "town" and Macon is the center of business for Macon County.

Type of Memorial: Multi-War Memorial

Wars mentioned (Multi-war only):
USA - 1979 Germany - 1980 USA - 1985 Afghanistan - 2003 Iraq - 2004


Marker Text:
FREEDOM WILL NEVER BE FREE Presented by the Citizens of Macon County May 2007

Date of dedication: May 2007

Who Put it Here?: The Citizens of Macon County, Missouri

Description of Memorial:
The monument is surrounded by other monuments to specific wars: World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The monuments surround a flag pole and is nicely landscaped. The reason that brought me to the courthouse is the history relating to the American Civil War.

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