Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bushwhacker Capital

Saturday morning my son, Robert and I traveled to the Bushwhacker Museum in Vernon County, Missouri. Will Tollerton, new Bushwhacker Museum Coordinator joined us and we continued to Montevallo. In front of the old Montevallo School was our most knowledgable guide Eldon Steward. Eldon is working on a monument for Montevallo and the dedication will probably take place April 14, 2012. I am sure donations for the monument would be appreciated and could be sent to Will at the Bushwhacker Museum. Most of all please consider attending the dedication in period clothes. Montevallo is about 2 hours from Lees Summit. Montevallo was burned by Iowa troops on April 14th, 1862. 
Our trip objective was to locate William "Old Man" Gabbert's farm where a battle occured and he lost 7 from his 25 man Guerrilla Command. The family home was burned but we successfully located the spring well on the property close to Montevallo/Bellamy. We then proceeded to Dunnegan Cemetery where the Mayfield and Gabbert girls took the 7 guerrillas to be buried. There is no marked grave there today. We had a great day and went to most places in the following link.
I have attached a few pictures which includes the Bushwhacker mural in Nevada across from the museum. Eliza Gabbert (my great great Aunt) the Lady Bushwhacker is included in the mural. Please consider a donation to the Montevallo Monument or even better plan to attend the dedication in April.
I always enjoy "Remember the Bushwhackers"  but the Lady Bushwhacker in the video clip is really a picture of my great great Aunt Eliza.

Bob Capps
Elliot's Scouts
Bushwhackers Museum
Wilsons Creek Foundation
William Clark Quantrill Society
Brigadier General John T Hughes Camp #614