More Civil War news from the Trans-Mississippi

Following up from yesterday’s post, here’s three more news items from the Trans-Mississippi.

From the Herman (Missouri) Advertiser-Courier:

Gasconade County’s last surviving Civil War veteran remembered at Hermann cemetery

After Saturday’s re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Hermann, troops from Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War conducted a headstone dedication ceremony at the Hermann City Cemetery. They dedicated a marker at the grave of Pvt. Rudolph Baumgaertner, who was Gasconade County’s last surviving Civil War veteran. He was born in September 1839 and died in May 1934. He was 94 years old. Baumgaertner served in Company B of Missouri’s 4th Infantry company. He served from October 1861 to February 1863. On Saturday, Glen Alsop of St. Clair, with other men dressed as Union soldiers, gathered around the grave that Baumgaertner shares with his wife, Louisa, who preceded him in death. Union soldiers fired a 21-gun salute. (Story here)

From the Sun Times of the Greers Ferry Lake area of Arkansas:

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission approves Cleburne County Historical Marker

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved an application for an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker in Cleburne County, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced recently.

The historical marker will be located at the Cleburne County Courthouse in Heber Springs and will commemorate Cleburne County in the Civil War. Cleburne County and the Cleburne County United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 1757 are sponsoring the marker.

Through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Historical Marker Program, the ACWSC works with local partners to help tell the stories of how the Civil War affected communities around the state. The Commission hopes that there will be at least one marker in each of the state’s 75 counties by the end of the Sesquicentennial commemoration in 2015. (Full Story)

And from the Daily Statesman of Dexter, Missouri (… S-A-L-U-T-E! … you are probably too young to know where that is from):

Fatal Tree Monument Unveiled

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — In this modern, civilized age, motorists driving along Highway 25 past the First Commercial Bank of Bloomfield would never guess that the location holds a deadly secret.

According to an article in the Cape Girardeau Missouri Democrat of July 3, 1862, three “Union men” were hanged at the location on a tree called the “Fatal Tree.”

The story is further corroborated by a Pvt. Josiah Ripley White of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, who wrote his wife about the incident on July 4, 1862:

“We are encamped just outside of the town. There were about 1000 inhabitants here before the Rebellion. The most of them left at that time. They are coming back again some of them. I am in sight of a tree where there were 3 union men hung and 4 graves. I filled my endurance to hang 4 here from ropes and 4 graves but one was not hung. He got away or became Secesh. (Confederate).” (Read More)

Ample evidence that folks outside our “Eastern Theater” are thinking about how the Civil War touched their localities 150 years ago.

Someone back in SEMO… please do me a favor and enter that Fatal Tree marker in the Historical Marker Database.



Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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