Captain Wallace (Wall) Brinton, Co. K, 6th Mo. Cav., C.S.A. was killed at age twenty-five, while on his way home from Clarksville, Texas, after the Civil War was officially declared ended. Wall, by then a Captain, with his little band, had nothing but trouble from the time that they started back. Homeward bound and trying to get through the rugged countryside, they traveled nights and got food wherever they could. Federal troops and local Union sympathizers had to be avoided. On the run and among hostiles, they were considered fair game and had to fight their way home, even though the war was over. Wall was killed not far to the northwest of Clinton, Missouri. The rest of the company, to save their lives, had to leave Wall behind. He ordered them on and they never saw him again. He was shot in cold blood by Union soldiers although already wounded and defenseless. We always heard that he was killed while trying to get a drink of water at a stream. So near to the end of his terrible ordeal, he was not to reach his family and loved ones. Wounded though he was, he was not taken prisoner.
His bones are buried, with no marking, beneath mighty burr oaks above the old Knightens Ford, of the north fork of the Grand River, a few miles from Creighton, Cass County, Missouri. A gravestone has now been placed in the Brinton Cemetery, furnished by the U.S. Veterans Administration in 1996, and was placed by the Brinton Cemetery Board.
Wall's widow, Eliza Jane, never knew where or if he was buried. She was a Gilmore and had married Wall in Kansas in 1860, just before the war. Their only life together was when and if he could sometimes get home from the fighting to recruit. This was not often. The families of Southern sympathizers were watched and informed on. In fact, Eliza Jane, under such pressures, had to leave Kansas and make her home with her Aunt Jane and Uncle Cons Brinton, south of Agency, Missouri, for the Duration of the war.
Source--Brinton Cemetery Newsletter
Added by Pat Shaw on Jun 05, 2009 10:11 AM
Captured and Kille Near Creighton Mo When Returning Home After the Civil War on Apr 18 1865
Created by: Peggy Durand
Record added: Jun 13, 2004
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