Civil War Soldiers Cemetery -- Lone Jack
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Carpe Diem59
N 38° 51.949 W 094° 10.354
15S E 398272 N 4302539
Quick Description: The small town of Lone Jack saw an American Civil War border battle in 1862. A soldiers cemetery mentioned in the Writers guide is still there. Added is a small civil war museum. The battle of Lone Jack is interesting because of its participants.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 3/2/2011 8:39:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMAW78
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
"During the Civil War, some of the bitter and brutal episodes in American history took place here between Kansas Jayhawkers and Redlegs and Missouri slaveholders. Even before the war broke out, the fury of conflicting views had resulted in armed struggles, The fight began as one of opinion; it ended as one of revenge.

The little town of Lone Jack(1010 alt.,350 pop.),received its name from a blackjack tree near a spring which served as a prairie landmark. The town has changed little the late afternoon of August 15,1862, when Major Emory S. Foster, out to prevent recently arrived Confederate forces from recruiting in the neighborhood, marched his command of 985 calvarymen and two pieces of artillery into town, forced the Confederates to withdraw, and established himself at the Cave Hotel. Early the next morningthe hedge-rows near the town concealed detachments of Confederate soldiers under the command of colonels Cockrell, Thompson, and Coffee, supported by Charles Quantrill's guerrillas: Coleman and James Younger,Frank and Jesse James, George Todd, David Pool, John Jarrette, and other young men. At five o'clock a gun was fired and house to house fighting began. The hotel served as a hospital, until it became the center of the battle. After five hours the Federals were obliged to retreat.

Union and Confederate dead were buried in separate trenches in the SOLDIERS CEMETERY (open). The names of the dead were not obtained and there are no individual identification marks. The grave of the Confederates, on the site of the blackjack tree, is marked by a marble shaft approximately 26 feet high. An eight-foot pillar of concrete blocks marks the Union grave, from which the bodies were exhumed in 1867 and removed to Leavenworth, Kansas."

In 2011, the cemetery is much as it was when the Writers Project included it as a place to see along US Highway 50. A few more grave markers have been added. The museum wasn't open the day I stopped, probably due to the snow and ice on the ground. Will have to return to check as Civil War 150 in Missouri begins in earnest.

Was particularly interested in the list of Confederates mentioned in the WPA article.
Book: Missouri

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 403

Year Originally Published: 1941

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