Sam Hildebrand Pays a Visit to Bollinger County

Sam Hildebrand

I was looking over some older articles I had previously published and stumbled upon this gem about Missouri bushwhacker Sam Hildebrand’s visit to Bollinger County, Missouri…

“Sam Hildebrand’s Confession” is certainly and interesting read. On pages 196-197 Hildebrand writes about a visit to Bollinger County, Missouri on May 25, 1864.

He writes of going in the direction of “Dallas” in Bollinger County [present day Marble Hill, Mo.] and encountering 7 federals [Union soldiers}.

Hildebrand notes that at the time Dallas was garrisoned by approximately 100 “Dutch” soldiers.

During this time it was common to refer to German immigrants as Dutch and Hildebrand relates the story of one that they captured who spoke in “broken English” who they executed stating, “We quietly sent his spirit back to the Rhine where it belonged”

They were seen as foreign invaders upon Missouri soil by native Southerners and it makes one wonder what feelings a citizen would have today if immigrant soldiers were garrisoned in a local community.

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The Twin Cities Did Themselves Proud; Was this 1893 event the biggest ever held in Lutesville, Marble Hill?

“The Twin Cities Did Themselves Proud”, this was the headline published in the July 6, 1893 edition of the Marble Hill Press, referring to a July 4, Independence Day celebration.

The celebration was a coordinated event between the cities of Marble Hill and Lutesville, Missouri (which were separated only by Crooked Creek).

By all accounts the event could only be described as a very “big deal”. According to the Marble Hill Press:

“Wrapt in admiration of the grand thoughts of that immortal document, the Declaration of Independence, and contemplation of the heroism that established its demands the people of Bollinger, Madison, Cape Girardeau, Wayne, Scott and Stoddard counties, to the number of perhaps, 7500 assembled at Conrad’s park, between the Twin Cities last Tuesday to celebrate the Nation’s Birthday.

At 4 o’clock in the morning the cannon from the two towns boomed out the glad tidings that just 117 years ago America was declared a free and independent government. The salute was a beautiful one in its significance. The Twin Cities jointly did honor to America’s Independence. Twenty- two guns were fired in Marble Hill and twenty-two in Lutesville, alternately, one for each of the grand states that form this union. At the conclusion of the salute every bell in the cities pealed forth the merry chimes of gladness.”

The Marble Hill Press also noted that at an early hour people started arriving in the Twin Cities , “In every kind of conveyance” and “the trains brought in hundreds, and they kept coming until noon.”

The Marble Hill Press listed the following organizations as taking part of the parade:

Sons of Veterans

The Grand Army of the Republic (Union veterans)

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Ancient Order of United Workmen

Sunday Schools

Information found in the September 30, 2017 issue of The Missouri Unionist (the newsletter for members of Missouri’s Sons of Union Veterans chapters), states that another event was planned by the Franklin Shanks Camp 100 (Lutesville), Grand Army of the Republic was planned and held 7 years prior and lasted from July 3-5, 1886.

In the article, meeting minutes from the Franklin Shanks Camp 100, Grand Army of the Republic were published:

“In the March 17, 1886, meeting minutes, the post discussed uniting with the Erich Pope (Pape) Post to decorate the graves of their fallen comrades and meet at the Lutesville Pavilion Grounds on July 3, 4 and 5.

This would involve all local GAR Posts. Hiram Gavitt Post 174 at Fredericktown was involved in at least one Decoration Day. In the April 14 minutes, the post commander reported sending invites to 13 other posts to attend. Invitations were also sent to Reverend B. St. James and J.J. Marks of St. Louis and B.L. Boman and J.J. Russel of Marble Hill.

The invitation committee was authorized to send invites to Ex- Governor Thomas Fletcher and Governor John Marmaduke. Ex Confederates J.V. Slinkard, W.B. Hawkins and L. Brinks were also invited.

While you had comrades planning the event you also had some who agreed to haul lumber and I assume build a stage for the dignitaries.

The July minutes report what a success the celebration was. It’s mentioned that representatives from several Missouri and Illinois posts attended.

Music was provided by the Marble Hill Cornet Band. On Saturday, the celebration was opened by a speech from “the Honorable H.N. Philips of Malden, MO. Known as the (Silver Tongued) orator of S.E. MO”

On Sunday after church sermons were given by Dr. J.J. Marks of St. Louis and Rev. B.L. Boman of Marble Hill, MO. They also mention delegations of “Federal and Confederate soldiers” but they don’t give any names.”

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Confederate Memorial Day

Join us Sunday June 6, 2021 for a Confederate Memorial Day Service which will be held at the Stoddard County Civil War Cemetery located in Bloomfield, Missouri. The service starts at 2:00 pm and will feature noted historian and public speaker Danny Honnell, a live fire cannon salute, and echo taps played on the hillside. Take Hwy 25 to Bloomfield, Missouri, turn on Hwy E, then to County Rd 517. Service will honor Confederate Veterans from Southeast Missouri. Sponsored by the Stoddard Rangers Camp #2290, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The Last One

The August 2, 1940 issue of the Dexter Statesman [Dexter, Missouri] published a photo of “Uncle” George Fox and Francis M. Snider , the last two surviving Civil War soldiers in Southeast, Missouri and noting that with the recent passing of Fox, Snider was the last surviving Civil War veteran in the Southeast Missouri district.

Last of Southeast Missouri Civil War Veterans.Last of Southeast Missouri Civil War Veterans. 02 Aug 1940, Fri The Dexter Statesman (Dexter, Missouri) Newspapers.com

However, the paper did not reveal the two veterans loyalty during the war. I was able to find the information on a webpage that listed attendees of the 1938 Veterans Reunion held at Gettysburg, Pa. , remarkably both Fox and Snider both attended the event and were listed as serving in the Union Army.

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The Intruder: When Hollywood Came to Southeast Missouri

In 1962 Hollywood came to Southeast Missouri to make a movie starring William Shatner According to Wikipedia.org:

The Intruder is a 1962 American film directed and co-produced by Roger Corman and starring William Shatner. It is adapted from a 1959 novel by Charles Beaumont. The story depicts the machinations of a racist named Adam Cramer (portrayed by Shatner), who arrives in the fictitious small Southern town of Caxton in order to incite white townspeople to racial violence against black townspeople and court-ordered school integration.

The film is also known under its US reissue titles as I Hate Your Guts! and Shame, and The Stranger in the UK release.”

Since the movie was set in a small Southern town, Missouri’s “Bootheel” region was a natural location. The movie was actually shot in the towns of Charleston, East Prairie and Sikeston.

According to Wikipedia:

“Before it was finished, local people objected to the film’s portrayal of racism and segregation.”

The July 24, 1961 issue of Sikeston, Missouri’s The Daily Standard published a story which covered the start of film production, included a quote from William Shatner, who when asked, “What do you think of Sikeston?”, replied by stating, “It’s a lovely little town with nice people. If I wanted to live in a small town, Sikeston would be my choice.”

It’s a lovely little town with nice people. If I wanted to live in a small town, Sikeston would be my choice.

William Shatner, quoted in the July 24, 1961 The Daily Standard newspaper

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The movie, which is now in the public domain can be viewed below:

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Rattlesnake Raid in Bollinger County

The May 13, 1886 Warrensburg Standard newspaper reported on a rattlesnake raid in the vicinity of Bollinger Mills (present day Zalma). According to the paper the party killed 17 rattlesnakes ranging in size from four feet to six feet. Additionally six “very large” snakes of varying species were killed before the rain stopped “the slaughter of the innocents” as the paper put it.

Rattlesnake raid in Bollinger County, MissouriRattlesnake raid in Bollinger County, Missouri 13 May 1886, Thu The Warrensburg Standard (Warrensburg, Missouri) Newspapers.com

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Hanging Narrowly Avoided in Delta

The January 12, 1917 issue of the Bloomfield Vindicator carried the news of a Black porter (railroad employee who handled baggage and assisted passengers) who assaulted a citizen in Delta, Missouri at the Delta Hotel. The article, originally published in the Lutesville Banner reported:

“It is reported that last Monday evening a negro porter at the Delta Hotel, who had his hide full of bad whiskey, picked up an oil wrench which was laying on a barrel at the depot and hit Lem Boone, one of the hands at the Goodwin and Jean poultry house, across the head. It was thought for some time that he had killed Boone. He stood the crowd at the depot off with an automatic and made his escape before the citizens could get their guns, and it is well that he did, for it is said there would have been a hanging in Delta and one less bad negro. The telephones were used and after a few hours the negro was arrested in the Cape and was landed in the Jackson jail.”

Assault of Citizen in Delta, MissouriAssault of Citizen in Delta, Missouri 12 Jan 1917, Fri The Bloomfield Vindicator (Bloomfield, Missouri) Newspapers.com

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