Claiborne Fox Jackson was our governor in 1861. When he decided that Missouri would not contribute one man to the defense of the Union at the start of the Civil War, he soon found himself hotly pursued by the federal army. Jackson had his own army headed by former governor Sterling Price. Jackson gathered the state seal and some legislative supporters and soon proclaimed that Missouri was a confederate state although they didn’t have a majority of the legislature and were soon governing from Arkansas and later from Texas.
The U. S. Government, with federal troops seizing the capital city early in the war, maintained governmental control in Missouri throughout. The Confederate States of America accepted Missouri as one of its members. And although Jackson’s rebel legislature passed a secession ordinance, it did so without a quorum and with no power to actually make Missouri fully Confederate.
The Confederacy was made up of South Carolina (the first state to secede), Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisianan, and Texas in the early days. They were joined after Fort Sumter by Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Kentucky, like Missouri, had dual governments.
University of Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, Columbia campus chancellor Brady Deaton, the University board of curators, and others have now done what Jackson and Price could not fully accomplish. They have put us in the Confederacy with no federal troops being sent in to neutralize their efforts.
States in the Southeastern Conference: Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and South Carolina,
The South has, indeed, risen again.
Somewhere, perhaps, ole Calib Jackson is shouting M-I-Z
and somewhere, perhaps, Sterling Price is responding Z-O-U!
And the Daughters of the Confederacy are shopping for Golden Girl outfits.
And this MU alum has watched his last Tiger game. Once again, money trumps tradition. I stopped watching pro baseball after the strike between millionaire players and billionaire owners and never came back. At least my wife is happy – the Tigers just freed up my Saturday afternoons.
What an astute observation !!
As a very old history teacher I am very impressed with this
writer’s ability to reach into the history of our state and relate
it to the State of the University of Missouri and its foray into
this dramatic change in athletic history.
I can only hope the fans will accept the cost of being a true Tiger
fan given the distance and cost involved. It is still student athletes
involved isn’t it?……well, any way, GO TIGERS !!!
Happy to see that Priddy didn’t lose too many brain cells from the many graveyard shifts at KFRU. Those currently in Columbia who made the SEC decision have no such excuse.