The Missouri Weekly Patriot began publication in Springfield in 1864 and was often regarded as a Radical journal. On June 8, 1865, the paper was enlarged, and the editor affirmed his “wish to publish purely an independent paper, devoted to interests of South-West Missouri.” In addition to its more ambitious agenda, the Patriot also reported on the dark side of life in Springfield, and on July 27, 1865 it announced that “David Tutt…was shot on the public square, at 6 o’clock P.M., on Friday last, by James B. Hickok, better known in Southwest Missouri as ‘Wild Bill.’ The difficulty occurred from a game of cards."
Digital issues are available from June 8, 1856 to October 5, 1876. Additional Greene County newspapers are also available for research on microfilm at the State Historical Society of Missouri.
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