Monday, August 18, 2014

REDEDICATION OF THE 2ND COLORADO CAVALRY MONUMENT, JULY 19, 2014, INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI



  I'm sure Charles Robinson (Oak Hill (Siloam Springs) Cemetery, Siloam Springs, Arkansas) would be very proud and quite pleased with the ceremony that rededicated the monument he helped pay for and build to his fallen comrades during the guerrilla battles in 1864 Missouri. On July 6, 1864, Capt. Seymour Wagoner, Eli Baer, Andrew Eaves, Michael Gunn, Robert Stackhouse, Owen McFadden, Henry Watson and Theodore Lamminger were killed in a fight with Quantrill's George Todd and many of Quantrill's guerrillas who were waiting in ambush approximately eight miles south of Independence, Missouri. An allout battle ensued from the ambush and these few men of the 2nd Colorado, Company C never stood a chance. Their bodies were brought to Woodlawn Cemetery and interred the very next day. In ten days, the monument shown in the pictures was erected.
  Thanks to the sponsorship of the William Quantrill Society, the Civil War Roundtable of Western Missouri, the honor guard of Elliott's Scouts, The 2nd Colorado reenactors and the Irish Brigade, the ceremony was a fitting tribute and educational retelling of the July 6, 1864 battle at Grinter's Farm. The event included posting of the colors, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, History of the battle of Grinter's Farm, remembering the names of the fallen, Salute, reading of the poem inscribed on the monument and the retiring of the colors.
  Charles' Company C regiment was at the forefront of the fights against Quantrill, Bill Anderson and the many other guerrilla bands and leaders of Missouri. The haste in which the 2nd Colorado raised the money and built this monument shows the respect and admiration they felt for their fellow soldiers.
  For the full story on the monument, please check out the link below. I hope you enjoy these pictures and I'll see you soon with a new update. Please be sure to also vote on the poll, located on the lower right side of the home page under the links.

  Take care, Everybody!

All pictures taken by Terry McConnell for the Civil War Roundtable of Western Missouri

http://www.examiner.net/article/20131104/NEWS/131109546/10083/NEWS