Massacre Site - Concordia, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 58.974 W 093° 34.101
15S E 450773 N 4315032
Quick Description: This town was known as "Freedom, MO" back then. Populated by German Protestants who understood persecution from their home land. Re-named Concordia after the Civil War because they believed new hope for concord between North and South existed.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 4/19/2015 9:41:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMNQET
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GwynEvie
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Long Description:

County of marker: Lafayette County
Location of Marker: SE 6th St. & S. Main St., Central Park, Concordia
Marker Erected by: Corder Mfg. Co. and Lafayette County Historical Society

Marker Text:

MASSACRE SITE
On August 22, 1861, "State Guard" troops under Col. Edwin W. Price plundered this community taking household goods, farm animals and merchandise from Brockie's store.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 1862, sixty drunken "Bushwackers" captured eleven men, and at this spot they murdered Henry Brockhoff, Henry Hartmann, and Christian Oetting and wounded four others.

On July 13, 1863, near here 35 renegades murdered Conrad Bruns, Louis Fiene, Dietrich Karsten and William Scharnhorst.

Four miles east of here on October 10, 1864, local militia lost 26 men fighting guerrillas led by Dave Poole of Quantrill's Band.

German immigrants knew the terror of mistreatment of other humans. Both here, in Missouri, and in Texas, they were loyal to the Union and strongly against slavery. Unfortunate for them, they were in both places, in the middle of strong Southern transplants. Here, and also in Texas, Germans were drug into the streets and murdered because they remained loyal to the Union. This is part of the Southern cleansing.

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