“Colonel: Can you inform me whether the officers and men who were surrendered by General Robert E. Lee were permitted to pass within the Confederate lines or not? My reason for making this inquiry is that many of those I am called upon to surrender will prefer to go to Texas and Louisiana to remaining in neighborhoods where private animosities will keep the community in tumult, after the military authorities are withdrawn. Some will desire to take their families. Others think that their families will be safe will be absent themselves after being paroled. This is a very important matter to many on the border of Missouri and Arkansas, and you, will therefore , please let me know your understanding of this case.
M. Jeff Thompson
Brigadier General, Commanding North Sub-District of Arkansas.”
Mr. Klinckhardt is the author of “War for Missouri” and a U. S. Air Force veteran serving 1966-1970 as an intelligence analyst, nine months in TX, one year at the end of the Aleutian Islands and the balance of his time at the NSA. Mr. Klinckhardt holds an MBA from Lindenwood College. He took an interest in CW history at an early age.
While William T. Leeper was willing to go to most any lengths to achieve success and become a man of means he was unable to achieve what he most wanted from many of his contemporaries, which was respect.
Brochure published by The Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission. In my book “Blood in the Ozarks: Expanded Second Edition” I devoted a chapter to personal stories of Civil War atrocities. In this chapter I included the murder of Confederate officer William Patterson and his entire family. I used a pamphlet published by the Southeast MissouriContinue reading “Who Murdered the Patterson Family?”
Our platoon had succeeded in surrounding the house. We asked her where the proprietor was. She said he was up in the mountain. Sergeant Teale ordered her to call him, which she refused to do. Lieutenant May then gave us orders to arrest her and take her to Pilot Knob.