article; original source unknown. Extracted from the
newspaper article collection started in 1879 by Mrs. Nannie
Brown of Madison, Missouri.
“The death of Mrs. Anna Farthing Ward recalls a
terrible tragedy of which she was an eye-witness during the
war. One Sunday, in the company of her sister, Miss Laura
Farthing, Jas. Lasley and two young men named Price and
Ridgway, Mrs. Ward – then in her girlhood – attended
church near Old Clinton in this county. On returning to Mr.
Lasley’s home they found a squad of Federal militia who
fired upon the young men, killing Jas.Lasley, Price and
Ridgway. The young ladies fled to the woods and escaped.
Mrs. Ward was
prostrated for weeks by the shock and came near losing her
mind. For several days before her death she was delirious
and continually raved about Federal soldiers trying to kill
her. Mr. Ward, her husband, did not know what prompted her
ravings but Barney Farthing, her brother, knew the cause as
soon as he arrived. The tragedy that had prostrated her 35
years ago was recalled to her memory in all its horror and
in her delirium she was constantly confronted by the brutal
cowards who had shot down defenseless men before her
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