The Civil War of 1861

When the first gun was fired upon Fort Sumpter (April 12, 1861),
little did the citizens of the remote county of Monroe dream that the
war which was then inaugurated would eventually, like the simultaneous disemboguement of a hundred volcanoes, shake this great nation from its center to its circumference. Little did they then dream that the smoke of the bursting shells, which hurtled and hissed as they sped with lurid glare from rebel batteries upon that fatal morning, foreboded ravaged plains -"
And burning towns and ruined homes, And mangled limbs and dying groans, And widows' tears and orphans' moans, And all that misery's hand bestows To fill the catalogue of human woes."

Little did they dream that the war cloud which had risen above the
waters of Charleston harbor would increase in size and gloom until
its black banners had been unfurled throughout the length and breadth of the land.

Little did they imagine that war, with all its horrors, would invade
their quiet homes, and with ruthless hand tear away from their fireside altars their dearest and most cherished idols/ Could the North and the South have foreseen the results of that internecine strife, there would be to-day hundreds of thousands of happier homes in the land, hundreds of thousands less hillocks in our cemeteries, hundreds of thousands less widows, hundreds of thousands less orphans, no unpleasant memories, and no legacies of hatred and bitterness left to rankle in the breasts of the living, who espoused the fortunes of the opposing forces. 

All that transpired during that memorable struggle would fill a large
volume. Monroe county, as did the State of Missouri generally, suffered much. Her territory was nearly all the time occupied by either one or the other antagonistic elements, and her citizens were called upon to contribute to the support of first one side and then the other.
However much we might desire to enter into the details of the war,
we could not do so, as the material for such a history is not at hand.
Indeed, were it even possible to present the facts as they occurred,
we doubt the propriety of doing so, as we would thereby reopen the
wounds which have partially been healed by the flight of time and the
hope of the future. It were better, perhaps, to let the passions and the deep asperities which were then engendered, and all that serves to remind us of that unhappy period, be forgotten. We have tried in vain to obtain the number and names of the men who entered the Confederate army from Monroe county. No record of them has ever been preserved, either by the officers who commanded the men or by the Confederate government. It is supposed about 600 men went into the Southern army. Hon. Theodore Brace raised the first company at Paris for State guards, numbering about 70 men. These men went into camp on Elk fork of Salt river, six miles south of Paris. After being in the service six months they were discharged, when some of them entered the Southern army at the battle of Lexington.