|Death: ||Aug. 30, 1864|
Killed in the time of war ( Civil War ).
About August 30, 1864 seven men were killed down on the Osage River. They were taken prisoner and marched out on a sandbar and shot down.
The markers read:
Capt. Babcoke recovered these 7 soldiers and buried them here. Murdered by Bushwhackers - 1864. Lt. Starling was given the mission of capturing a Confederate General Crabtree operating South of Jeff. City. Lt. Starling and 7 enlisted men located General's H.Q. on Curtman Island in the Osage River in Miller Co., Mo.
The patrol was ambushed and executed by firing squad on Aug. 30, 1864. One of the men with Lt. Starling was released because he was young. Only seven men died. Source; Barbara Hobbs Pollack
WILLIAM GIBSON is a man of some mystery. Not much is known about him. In Miller County marriage records, a man named William Gibson married Martha Young in February 1841. They do not appear in census records, so it is not known if he was the same man as the one massacred on Curtman Island. In 1860, Wiley Gibson, his wife Mahala, and 5 children lived in Richwoods Township. He was about 31 years old, born in Tennessee c/1829. It is possible he could be the William killed by Crabtree's raiders. It is a known fact that William Gibson, one of the 7 executed, is buried at Allen cemetery near Olean.
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Mar 03, 2005
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