More than 11,000 Circuit Court documents dated 1866-1868 have been prepared for use by researchers thanks to a joint effort of the St. Louis Circuit Court and the Missouri State Archives. These documents are to be made available to the public this week (records have been microfilmed; an index will be made available on the State Archives website). These documents include lawsuits filed by persons hoping to have confiscated property returned (or to receive reimbursement for that property). One case involves a man who sued the steamboat company that transported one of his escaped slaves to a free state (and freedom).
St. Louis Post-Dispatch article on the project:
Civil War Records from the St. Louis Circuit Court: