Through my grandmother Elizabeth Vandiver Selby, my family has a link to Missouri’s history. Her ancestor Willard Vandiver was the Missouri senator who in 1899 said, “I’m from Missouri. You have got to show me.” In his honor my grandmother named two of her three sons Willard and Vandiver. The third son was my dad, Forrest Selby.
Both of my parents’ families had been rooted in Fulton, Mo., since before 1850. The town is in Calloway County, which became known as the Kingdom of Callaway in the Civil War because of its Southern-leaning sympathies.
With these strong ties to Missouri’s history, I’m relishing the opportunity to publicize a new book about the state’s pivotal role in the Civil War. It’s a fascinating look into our past and the rivalries that are still with us today.
Here’s the news release I wrote for St. Louis writer Gregory Wolk: