JOPLIN, MO - Civil War buffs are hoping to draw tourists to Missouri for the 150th anniversary of the war.
They say Civil War tourists spend more time and money visiting historic sites than pleasure tourists.
Jim Robertson of the Missouri Civil War Heritage Foundation is encouraging local tourism bureaus to create a statewide list of Civil War sites and use it to promote the state.
Civil War enthusiasts say more battles or engagements were fought in Missouri than in any other state except Virginia and Tennessee.
States such as Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are working to promote the Civil War anniversary with driving trails, marketing campaigns, Web sites and maps.
In 1861, the year the war started, nearly half of all battles and casualties were in Missouri.
Carthage was the site of the first major land battle of the Civil War; Liberty was the site of the first conflict of arms; and Belmont was the site of Ulysses S. Grant's first battle.