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Skirmish at Florida
Date: 8 or 9 Jul 1861
Dyer's "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion,"
(hereafter called Dyer's "Compendium") vol. 2, p.
listed only the Union units involved as the 16th Illinois
Infantry and 3rd Iowa Infantry Regiments; no casualties were
Southern Sabotage of Salt River Railroad Bridge
Hunnewell, Shelby County, MO
Date: about 10 Jul
Official Records of the War of the Rebellion,"
published Washington, D. C. 1881-1902 (from here on I refer
to this set as "O.R."); series 2 Prisoners of War,
vol. 1, pp. 389-402
Notes: This lengthy
narrative is the tribunal record of the trials of Dr. Thomas
S. Foster, a Ragsdell, and CPT Grimshaw. There was lots of
war activity in that corner of southeast Shelby County, and
I will include it for you since that is so close to Monroe
Battle of Monroe Station
Station, Monroe County, MO
Dates: 9-11 Jul 1861
Sources: 1884 History
of Monroe County, pp. 229-233; 1884 History of Marion
County, pp. 381-389; Dyer's "Compendium," vol. 2,
p. 797; Moore, editor, "The Rebellion Record,"
vol. 2 (of 12), p. 270; Richard Brownlee, "Gray Ghosts
of the Confederacy," 1957, p. 33; Broadfoot Publishing
Company, "Supplement to the 'O.R.'", Wilmington,
NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company (hereafter called
"Supplement to the 'O.R.'") (This particular
reference is for volume 19, 3rd Iowa Infantry, pp. 491-493.
This set in part 2 "Records of Events" contains
itineraries of nearly all Union and Confederate units in the
war and is vital to Civil War research.)
Description: This was
a battle between Rebel Brigadier General Thomas Harris and
1600 of his men versus BG John Pope and his besieged
elements of 16th Illinois Infantry, 3rd Iowa Infantry, and
Hannibal Home Guards.
Guerrilla Train Shooting
Hunnewell, southeast Shelby County, MO
Date: Night of 16/17
Sources: 1884 History
of Shelby County, p. 720; 1884 History of Marion County, pp.
407, 410; "O.R." series 1, vol. 3, p. 460; series
1, vol. 8, p. 135; series 2, vol. 1, pp. 105, 211, 213;
"Supplement to the 'O.R'" part 2, vol. 9, 16th Ill
Infantry, p. 207
records show that Rebels shot at trains this night both near
Hunnewell and also near Palmyra, east Marion County, so some
of these references may be for one or the other or both
shootings. The Illinois troops were moving by train from
Marion City to Hudson and were fired upon at both places as
the train traveled west. At both occasions, the train
stopped, the Yankees deployed against the shooters and the
snipers dispersed. Railroad executive J.T.J Hayward wrote of
this on 17 August that one ball passed by the conductor's
head, and Hayward felt the shooter deliberately aimed at the
conductor. One soldier was killed, one was slightly wounded
in the foot and five Rebels were killed.
Location: in or near
Paris, Monroe County, and others
Dates: 2 and 3 Sep
Info Sources: The
1884 history of Shelby County, pp. 707-708; St. Louis
newspaper "Daily Missouri Democrat," 9 Sep 1861;
Farthing and Bodine, "Chronicles of Monroe
County," 1993, p. 6.
Description: A Union
expedition of Col Williams and Major Cloud and elements of
2nd Iowa Infantry and 2nd Kansas Infantry moved quickly to
Paris hoping to seize the bank assets. As they entered town
at 4pm they captured three or four Rebels and chased others.
There was no money in the bank, so after a hard rain that
night the Federal column headed back toward their garrison
at Hannibal via Shelbina near where they probably got on a
train. Near Otter Creek, hidden Rebels shot and killed one
of the Union pickets and nearby citizens told the northern
soldiers that local secessionists under CPT Grace or Brace
were gathering to attack them. Near Clinton, Federal cavalry
(I have not identified) chased 15 southern horsemen five
miles and captured one of them. Among the three or four
Rebel prisoners were Lieutenants Edwards and Smith probably
of that area.
Madison, Monroe County
Date: October 1861
"Chronicles of Monroe County", p. 10
German-American Yankee troops made a local man named Ownby
guide them to the reported site of a Rebel camp they shot
him to death when they found no enemy there.
Location: near Santa
Fe, southeast Monroe County
Date: late December
article "News From the NM [North Missouri]
Railroad," "Columbia Missouri Statesman," of
3 Jan 1862
southerners killed a northern sympathizer named Townsend,
and a Union unit nearby sent troops to the Santa Fe area to
try to find the guilty men evidently without success.
Notes: I looked in
the 1860 MO Census Index prepared by the LDS church and
located: Major Townsend, p. 296, South Fork Township,
southeast Monroe Co; S. A. Townsend, p. 195, South Fork
Township, southeast Monroe Co.