Edwin Darrow, 1829-1887, was born in Summit County, OH, and moved with his parents to Adair County, MO in 1854. In 1862 he began his military service with the Enrolled Missouri Militia, Fiftieth Regiment. In 1864, he was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company A, 39th Infantry, Missouri Volunteers. Darrow was mustered out with the rank of Lieutenant, July 19, 1865 in St. Louis. The Darrow Civil War Diary and Account Book details Darrow's experiences during a portion of his time in the military. The flip side of the diary contains accounts of various types, including clothing issued, men on furlough and men who died in Centralia.
The Zeigler family settled in Adair County in 1859. Several of the family members served in the Union Army during the Civil War. The Zeigler Civil War Letters contains letters written by Samuel Clark Zeigler during his military service in Missouri and Arkansas with the 7th Missouri Volunteer Calvary. This collection also includes a letter to John Zeigler from James P. Milliken.