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Sharon Sanders

UPDATE: Missing Murdoch's saber isn't really missing

Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at 12:00 AM


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    Lyndsay Murdoch was no hero and the 12th MSM Cavalry (Union)was responsible for the Mingo Swamp Massacre on the Cato farm in February 1863.

    In a September 4, 2011 article published in the Southeast Missourian newspaper (Civil War historian speaks at Bollinger County Museum) states:

    "In Bollinger County of 10 soldiers, six were Confederate and four were Union"

    The article covering Illinois Historian Glen Bishop also states:

    "Bollinger County families still recall the Mingo Swamp massacre, where women, elderly and children were ruthlessly slaughtered near Zalma, and the attackers retreated into the Mingo Swamp.

    A mass grave holding their bodies is marked at Greenbriar Cemetery.

    At Doniphan, Mo., in Ripley County, scores were settled brutally because a Union regiment came upon a militia group of Confederate sympathizers and their families sitting down to a Christmas dinner and killed them all."

    It should be noted that the Christmas Massacre was carried out by the 3'rd Missouri State Militia Cavalry contained the previous 12th Missouri State Militia (of which Murdoch was a member).

    I have thoroughly researched these and other incidents that occurred in Southeast Missouri during the War (including the Round Pond Massacre, in which Confederates attacked a Union wagon train and executed the soldiers operating it) in my book: "Blood in the Ozarks: Union War Crimes Against Southern Sympathizers and Civilians in Occupied Missouri"


    -- Posted by clint Lacy on Wed, Aug 9, 2017, at 3:19 PM