Old Drum Monument

Old Drum Monument

Birth
Death 28 Oct 1869
Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 12010 · View Source
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Animal Monument. There are two memorials for Old Drum, the beloved dog of Charles Burden, Charles said that Old Drum was the best dog he ever had, no money in the world could buy Old Drum and the dog never lied, meaning he always knew by his bark what he was chasing and he only barked when chasing. Old Drum was a black and tan color. Lon Hornsby was Charles' neighbor, he was also a farmer, he believed the stray dogs were the ones killing his sheep, and he vowed, if he ever saw another dog on his property, he would shoot it. Lon Hornsby and Dick Ferguson had been hunting on an autumn day in 1869, near dark Lon seen a dog on his property and told Dick to kill it. Charles found his beloved dog dead along the river, Old Drum is buried at the corner of Old Drum Road in Cass County, Missouri. Charles decided the law should handle this situation, he hired a young attorney George Vest, who would later become a U.S. Senator, but, his tribute would make Old Drum memorable, the speech began with "The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog." Charles would be vindicated with this speech. The unselfish dog was Old Drum. His monument can be found in Warrensburg, this is the one that is most photographed. The other monument can be found near where Old Drum was found dead, near Big Creek, it is an illustration of a dog treeing a coon in the middle, a fox in one corner, and a deer being chased in the other. The inscription on this memorial reads; Killed, Old Drum, 1869. In 2017 the Missouri State Senate officially designated Old Drum as, "Missouri's Historical Dog."Old Drum was a black and tan hound dog belonging to Charles Burden. On the night of October 18, 1869 was shot and killed by Leonidas Hornsby, bother-in-law and neighbor of Burden. Hornsby had many sheep killed and had notified his neighbors that he would kill the next dog caught on his property. The death of Old Drum resulted in three separate jury trials and an appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court. It is third jury trial held in the Old Courthouse in Warrensburg which is the most well known. Each of the parties employed attorneys, Wells H. Blodgett, George G. Vest, and John F. Philips represented Burden and Francis M. Cockrell and Thomas T. Crittenden represented Hornsby. Vest delivered the closing arguments to the jury and during his remarks he made no reference to evidence previously present but instead delivered more of a "Eulogy of the Dog" or "A Tribute to the Dog". It as from this tribute the saying "Mans best friend" is credited

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  • Added: 30 Aug 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12010
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Old Drum Monument (unknown–28 Oct 1869), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12010, ; Maintained by FG (contributor 19) Unknown.