Huntsville Massacre - Memorial Park - Huntsville AR
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N 36° 05.257 W 093° 44.197
15S E 433683 N 3993917
Quick Description: This is one of two Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission signs posted inside Huntsville's Memorial Park.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 10/4/2014 3:50:37 AM
Waymark Code: WMMKM3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member arkansas stickerdude
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Long Description:
HUNTSVILLE MASSACRE

On January 10, 1863, nine men, including two

Confederate officers and prominent local citizens

and Masonic lodge members, were taken from a

guardhouse near here, led to Samuel Vaughn's

farm one mile northeast of Huntsville, and shot.

Only one man lived. Lt. Col. Elias Baldwin of

the 8th Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) was arrested for

"murder of prisoners of war" but freed when

witnesses failed to appear. The killings may have

been motivated by the deaths of 18 Union soldiers

escorting Isaac Murphy's daughters to their home

in Huntsville in November 1862.

(continued on other side)

The nine men killed on January 10, 1863,

were Chesley H. Boatright, 39, a blacksmith;

Confederate captains Hugh Samuel Berry, 31,

and John William Moody, 22; former county

treasurer William Berry, 60, a farmer; Watson

Stevens, 29, the Berry's cousin; Robert Coleman

Young, 56, a minister; and Askin Hughes and

John Hughes of Tennessee, who were visiting

Huntsville when the incident occured. The sole

survivor of the Huntsville massacre, John Parks,

moved to Mississippi after recovering from his

wounds. No one was ever punished for the

Huntsville slayings.

ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION

CITY OF HUNTSVILLE

NO. 54 ARKANSAS NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL 2013
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