As a follow-up to my first post on my recent visit to historic Sunset Hills Cemetery in Boonville, Missouri, I wanted to highlight a marker that will be of interest to Civil War enthusiasts.
The cemetery is actually one of more than a dozen stops - and of four stops in Boonville alone - on the Missouri Civil War Heritage Foundation's "Gray Ghost Trail." The trail concentrates on Civil War actions in the "Little Dixie" section of central Missouri that witnessed a good amount of guerilla warfare and "bushwacking" activity, associated especially with the notorious William "Bloody Bill" Anderson.
(Just as I had started to build a personal library of books about the Civil War in Texas, I can see that I'll need to do the same for Missouri!)
A marker in the cemetery commemorates the resting place of eight Union soldiers who were killed in an ambush:
|Photo By Jim Schmidt|
|Photo by Jim Schmidt|
Road. Survivors from Parke’s command fought a rear guard action while retreating to Boonville. Captain Parke was dismissed from the service for his actions at Rawlings Lane.
|Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton|
WARRENSBURG, MO., August 30, 1864.
Captain Parke, at Boonville, reports having crossed the river on the 26th with forty-four men after Holtzclaw; near Rocheport came up with two of Holtzclaw's people; wounded 1 and captured both horses. Advanced a mile and was attacked in rear by a band numbering 100 men, commanded by Holtzclaw and Anderson. Captain Parke stated he fought for fifteen minutes and had 7 men killed, 2 wounded, and 3 missing. The men killed are said to have been massacred, four being scalped, one hung and scalped; three had their throats cut; their bodies were afterward recovered and buried at Boonville. From this report Captain Parke's forces were evidently surprised on the march and did not attempt to do any fighting. I recommend that Captain Parke be dismissed the service for this after.
The fallen soldiers' Compiled Military Service Records are available through my subscription to Fold3.com...I have included a few of their records below.
May They Rest in Peace.