I am excited to add the newest item to the QSCR museum pieces that will be housed at the Benton County Historical Society in Bentonville, Arkansas in the near future! With thanks to Chuck Townsend, president of the Lobb Cemetery Association in Jackson County, Missouri, I received permission to acquire this rock, measuring eighteen inches across, from the original rock wall that partially surrounds Lobb Cemetery. Lobb is one of the very oldest cemeteries in Jackson County and is the resting place of Quantrill guerrillas, Jim and John Little, Gabe Parr, Si Gibson, John Crump and Samuel Montgomery. The original rock wall, which still stands today, was constructed by slaves in 1844 and this item was taken from the original entrance to the cemetery.
Many of you are already familiar with the overall subject that's part of the new history news! One of the victims from Charles Jennison's November 1864 Cane Hill, Arkansas hangings has been pinpointed!!! John Crozier, who was hung with neighbors, Lige Leach and a Mr. Whinery, during Charles Jennison's "foraging" treks with the 15th Kansas Cavalry through northwest Arkansas, has been found at the Bethesda Cemetery in Morrow, Washington County, Arkansas! This find is worth a lot as it is a direct connection to Jennison's Kansans that caused the same damage in the Kansas City area and is one of the charges brought in Jennison's court martial. A great article on this event can be found in the February 1911 Confederate Veteran titled "Barbarities in Northwest Arkansas" by J. Mont Wilson. Unfortunately, Leach and Whinery have yet to be found.
On a personal note, I would like to let you all know that I will be moving soon to Branson, Missouri. My wife and I, along with my wife's father and grandmother, made the decision to leave for many reasons. The main one being so that I may be closer to my mother and grandmother in Benton County, Arkansas. There is no set timetable as to when the move will happen except that we greatly hope to be moved by the end of spring. If you have any materials you have thought about donating or project you would like me to be a part of, please don't hesitate to contact me so that time will not become an issue. I assure all of you that my work on the QSCR, Quantrill and the border wars will go on as usual and will not cease! This is a difficult decision to leave the main place of my research, but...it will also give me the chance to be closer to the Benton County Historical Society and do research on those in northwest Arkansas that I have posted about since the QSCR's beginnings. I am sad to leave the Kansas City / Independence area as I have made many great friends and peers along the way who have supported the QSCR from the get-go. But I will still be in contact as I always have.
That's all for now! I am currently chasing some things I hope to post very soon! Until then, take care!