Bloody Work in Southeast Missouri

The May 24, 1861 edition of the Alexandria Gazette and Virgina Advertiser carried the news of a gang operating in Butler County, Missouri.

The May 24, 1861 edition of the Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser carried the news of a gang operating in Butler County, Missouri. This is a particularly interesting account for two reasons:

The first is the fact that the Civil War (for the most part) had not yet arrived in Southeast, Missouri.

The second is that the paper states the gang’s leader was from Indiana.

The following is the article in its entirety: