Laclede, Missouri: General "Blackjack" Pershing Statue and BirthplaceGen. John J. "Blackjack" Pershing commanded the U.S. Army in World War I. Laclede is his birthplace and boyhood home. We list Pershing mainly because his popularity resulted in numerous tributes, monuments, parks, buildings...even weapons named after him. A state funeral riderless horse was named "Black Jack."
- Pershing Drive, Laclede, MO
- On the west side of Pershing Drive, just north of Worlow St. Signs mark the way from US Hwy 36.
Visitor Tips and News About General "Blackjack" Pershing Statue and Birthplace
The birthplace town of General Pershing offers tours of the grounds and beautifully furnished interior of his boyhood home. There is also a larger-than-life bronze statue of Pershing, along with some historical information.[Bob Bowman, 07/28/2012]
Gen. John J. "Blackjack" Pershing commanded the U.S. Army in World War I. He once described his hometown as "a place no one just happens by." It's an hour's drive from the nearest interstate and has a population of 400. Oct. 2014: Photo added.