Culver-Stockton College founders divided by Civil War

"The coming of the war, all but destroyed Christian University," Dr. Scott E. Giltner, Associate Professor of History, said.

Culver-Stockton College was called Christian University before the Civil War.

"The civil war was not kind to Christian University," Dr. Giltner said.

During the civil war, troops set up camps in Canton and used Culver-Stockton buildings for hospitals, prisons and homes for soldiers.

"It shut down classes, destroyed the building, financially ruined the primary investors and backers of the university," Dr. Giltner explained.

D. Pat Henderson, R.A Grant, James Shannon and James Green were some of those investors and also the founders of the college.

"It's hard to believe they could agree on anything," Dr. Giltner said.

During a time in which America was unsure about slavery, it is hard to believe Culver-Stockton's founders Shannon and Green were pro slavery, while the other two founders Henderson and Grant were against slavery.

"But what they agreed upon, is that they were all members of the Christian Church and they all believed in the fundemental importance of education," Dr. Giltner said.

The civil war finally ended in 1865 with classes resuming shortly thereafter thanks in part to those who believed in the importance of education.

"If it wasn't for the extremely heroic efforts of a couple of the trustees and school officials to get the college going again after the war if very well may have died," Dr. Giltner said.

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