Once called "the largest and best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis," Oliver Anderson's mansion is best known for the three bloody days in 1861 when it was a fiercely contested prize in a Civil War battle.
Today, the Arcadia Valley in Iron County is a peaceful setting in one of Missouri's most scenic areas. But in 1864, the valley was the scene of one of the largest and most hard-fought battles waged on the state's soil - the Battle of Pilot Knob.
Ulysses S. Grant is known as the victorious Civil War general who saved the Union and became the 18th president of the United States. But he was a second lieutenant when he was assigned to St. Louis in 1843 and was smitten by Julia Dent.