General Lyon’s threat to kill every MAN, WOMAN & CHILD rather than work with the state government to maintain peace & neutrality:
Planter’s House Hotel Meeting
Tuesday June 11, 1861
At the insistence of Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson, he, General Sterling Price, Nathaniel Lyon, and Frank Blair meet at the Planter’s House Hotel in St. Louis to negotiate a peaceful settlement of Missouri’s status during the secession crisis. Lyon, freshly promoted to brigadier general and to command of the Department of the West, instead says that rather than see a loss of Union control, “I would see you, and you, and you, and you, [pointing to each man in the room] and every man, woman, and child in the State dead and buried. This means war. In an hour one of my officers will call for you and conduct you out of my lines.” With that statement, Lyon makes it clear that he will stop at nothing to keep Missouri squarely in the Union. – Civil War On the Western Border
What this story doesn’t tell you is that while the public was allowed to attend the meeting NO public input was allowed also not reported is the fact that the commission that ruled the monument lost its “historical integrity” when it was moved to the courthouse grounds in 1995. However; the reason it was moved is because of plans to build a new bridge and destroy the old bridge on Morgan Oak street the monument had to be moved. The Cape Girardeau Historical Commission and the local media sought to give the meeting an air of legitimacy when it was all a farce!
Cape Girardeau’s Historical Preservation Commission Meeting Was Rigged!
A screenshot from Sophia Voss’s petition to remove Cape Girardeau’s Confederate monument makes it clear the commission was biased. Voss states that the commission is on her side.
In Words of Missouri Slaves:
Interview with Charlie Richardson,
Webb City, Missouri,
by Bernard Hinkle, Jasper County, Joplin, Mo:
Do you remember much about the war
“Not very much. I was only seven then, but I remembers that those Bushwackers came to steal my Marster’s money but he wouldn’t tell where he hid it. Said he didn’t have any. They said he was telling a lie ’cause no man could have so many slaves and not have some money. He did have 150 slaves but he wouldn’t tell where the money was hid. So they burned his feet, but he still wouldn’t tell ’em he had hid it in the orchard. No Sah! He jest didn’t tell. Them Bushwackers though, were not so bad as them Union soldiers. They took all our horses and left us old worn out nags; even took my horse I use to ride.”
Interview with “Aunt” Ann Stokes,
91 Years old, Caruthersville, Missouri:
One of the most interesting characters of all Pemiscot County today is an old negro called “Aunt” Ann Stokes. She was born a slave “out hyar at Cottonwood Pint in 1844, a
year of high water”. Nineteen thirty-six brings her to her ninety third year; all of which have been spent in Pemiscot County, except for an occasional visit to relatives.
You cud allas hyar de Yankees at Kennett or Hornersville wen day’s aroun’. One day I’ze over to see Melindy and I say:
‘Melindy, does you all hyar sompin? Soun’ like de Yankees, look out de winder and see if you sees anything.’
“She say, ‘I don’ see nothin’. Dey ain’t no Yankees aroun’ hyar.’
Well, I jest sit thar ’till I caint stan’ it no more. I gets up and looks out de winder myself.
Thar dey come down de road and I knows theys Yanks ’cause I see de blue ob de coats.
Pretty soon dey ride up to de house. Dey yell out:
“You all got any Gurrillers aroun’ hyar?”
“‘No suh!’ sez I, ‘Taint non aroun’ hyar.”
“Know Mr. Douglass?’, he say pointin’ his finger to a house ‘cross de prairie.”
‘’Yes suh,’ siz I, ‘I knows him wen I sees Him.”
“Has he got any Gurrillers thar?”
“‘I don’t know, suh.’
“‘Wal, thars a collad girl thar ain’t they?’
‘’Yes suh, but I don’ go round her no mo. We ain’t speakin’. Reckon I ain’t been on Mr. Douglasses place foah six month. I don’t know nothin’ ’bout it. You all better go see fur Youshsevs.”
He leab den an ride ovah to Douglasses place. I seen Bud come out in de yard. He call Bud ovah to de fence and talk to him. ‘Bout dat time I see men comin’ out de back ob de house an chargin’ ovah de fence into de thicket whar warn’t nothin’ but lots ob trees, tare blanket, an blackberry bushes. Right den and dare dey had a scrummage. De Yanks set fire to ever’ buildin’ on de place. De blaze wuz a-goin’ up to de elements! Not a thing did they take out obde house ceptin’ feather bed for a wounded Yankee. Mr. Douglass, he hear about de shootin’.
He tuk to de woods an stay fur a spell.”
Interview with Mrs. Tishey Taylor,
age 77, Poplar Bluff, Missouri:
“Them ‘Blue Coats’ (Northern Soldiers), wus lots meaner than the ‘Brown Coats (Gray), in the South. Them ‘Blue Coats’ come in and steal your chickens and cook them over your fireplace and eat them right ‘fore your eyes.”
“Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
While President Trump’s executive order maintains that governments may erect or take down monuments it prohibits the use of unlawful force in doing so, increases penalties for those who do so, and reserves the right to withhold federal funding to entities who do not try to protect the monuments from anarchists. By not allowing public input at its meeting and recommending the immediate removal of Cape Girardeau’s Confederate monument, Cape Girardeau’s Historic Preservation Commission has attempted to circumvent the rule of law. Sophia Voss (who started the petition to remove the monument) has stated publicly that Cape’s Historic Preservation Committee is on her side. Recently the Cape Girardeau Confederate monument was vandalized with the words “Black Lives Matter” written upon it. The city has failed to protect the monument and therefore has violated President Trump’s executive order.
“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set” –Proverbs 22:28