|History of Caldwell County,
As written in the 1876 Atlas
of Caldwell County Missouri
1861, the rebels opened hostilities, by firing on Fort Sumter, the people of our County
were pretty evenly divided on the question of going out or remaining in the Union. But the
Union men, perceiving the danger of indecision, acted with promptness and energy, and
gained a great advantage over their opponents at the start. The l.loyalty of the doubtful
and wavering was assured and confirmed.
company of Home Guards, outside of St. Louis, was organized at Mirable, by Captain E.D.
Johnson, a few days after the bombardment of Fort Sumter. It was armed with shot-guns and
such other weapons as were at hand. Although far from supports, they bravely held their
own, and soon had the pleasure of seeing the Secessionists flee to the south part of the
those who took a conspicuous stand for the old flag, were Daniel Proctor, Moses L. James,
E.D. Johnson, Geo. Smith, W.S. Pollard, William Plumb, Elias Lankford, John F. Dodge, S.W.
Lankford, G.W. Noblitt, G.W. Murphy, John T. Ross, Lemuel Dunn, Jacob Snyder, J.H.
Williams, M.R. Streeter, W.H. Crawford and others; whilst Chas. J. Hughes, Wilbur F.
Boggs, David Thompson, Doctor Bassett, T.N.O. Butts and John Myers were amongst the most
conspicuous of those who urged our people to follow the fortunes of Gov. Jackson into the
summer of 1861, two companies of rebels, under the command of David Thompson and George W.
Withers, organized at Kingston, and went south to join the forces under the command of
not allow a detailed history of the many citizens who won brilliant reputations for
gallantry and courage on hard-fought fields, and it must suffice to say that whether they
fought as Federals or Confederates, the soldiers of Caldwell were distinguished by their
valor, endurance and humanity.
No battles were fought
within our borders during the rebellion, and but one skirmish took place that resulted in
the Spilling of blood. In the fall of 1861, a skirmish took place in Lincoln Township,
between a body of militia and a band of bushwhackers, which resulted in the death of
Captain S.M. Lankford, as brave a man and as true a patriot as ever donned a uniform.
Crosby Johnson, An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Caldwell County, Missouri.
1876. Edwards Brothers
Change of County Seat
Burning of Records
Since the War
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