Monday, April 9, 2012

Frank James House in Nevada, MO

This weekend I was in Nevada and went by Frank James house where he lived about 5 years. This was after his trial and his friends helped him. It was believed that Frank and his friends worked to free the Youngers while he lived there. Just down the street is the cemetery where my gr gr gr grandmother is buried and she was the wife and mother of several sons and daughters that were Bushwhackers/Confederates.

Just a short walk from Rebecca's grave is DC Hunters grave  Col DC Hunter was at the Battle of Lone Jack with Vernon County boys. Capt William Henry Taylor's (see headstone) men were at the Battle of Montevallo but he had been captured.  In early winter, 1862, when the Mayfield boys and John Gabbert captured, disarmed, and unhorsed 27 Federal cavalrymen going, a few at a time, to water their horses in McCarty Creek, west of Old Montevallo, they sent their sisters Ella and Eliza to the Federal camp to offer to trade the 27 for Capt. Henry Taylor, then a prisoner at Ft. Scott.  The offer being refused, they simply released the 27, after making them swear allegiance to the Confederacy. John Gabbert was Rebecca's son and and my gr gr uncle. He was killed in April 1863.

Also checked out Montevallo where Elliotts Scouts will be camping the night before our Battle of Montevallo Monument dedication. Please join us in period clothes if you have them on April 14th at 11:00AM. Any SCV or SUV Camp Commanders that would like to briefly speak will be welcomed to do so. Just let me know. We will be supplying the hot dogs. I will have a short presentation on the Gabberts and Lady Bushwackers in Montevallo at the dedication.

This week Shiloh...I know I will see several of you there in camp and on the battlefield.


Trooper Bob Capps
Elliott's Scouts