The genesis of the Missouri State Guard (MSG) was in the Military Bill passed by the Missouri State Legislature on May 11, 1861. The Military Bill was passed in response to the Camp Jackson Massacre, which took place on May 10, 1861. This bill authorized the governor of Missouri, Claiborne Fox Jackson, to disband the old Missouri State Militia and reform it as the MSG. The purpose of the MSG was to protect the state from federal invasion.
The state was divided into nine Military Districts, each of which were to raise a Division of troops. Overall command of the Guard was given to Sterling "Pap" Price. Price was a former Missouri Governor, and was considered to be one of the most popular men in the state
The Guard suffered an initial setback in a small skirmish at Booneville (June 17, 1861), and retreated to the southwest corner of the state, pursued by federal forces. The Guard decisively defeated these federal forces at Cole Camp (June 19, 1861) and Carthage (July 5, 1861).
These successes allowed Price precious time to train and equip his army. The Guard encamped on Cowskin Prairie located in the far southwest corner of the state. Most who had responded to the call of the governor had joined the army with only the clothing and weapon they had brought from home.
By all accounts, the army was a haggard looking group. There was an almost complete lack of uniforms. A few uniformed companies had enlisted, but these uniforms wore out quickly in the field. In addition to purchasing civilian clothing, the men were issued needles, cloth, and thread with which to make their own clothes.
This figure depicts a member of the MSG at this time and is half of a set of bookends I am creating.
Figure - SST with body mods and hair added
Boots - SST with mods
Pants Battle Gear Toys
Coat - SST with mods
Haversack, cartridge box & sling - BGT
cup - SST
Musket - 45e from DID "Frank" modified to US model 1795
Wheel hat - Ebay purchase modified with tarred finish
Quilt - Unknown maker, from One Sixth Brigade travelling parts box
Tie, single billett belt, canteen, brush & pick - manufactured