Bloomfield in Stoddard County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Fatal Tree
An article in the Missouri Democrat, a Cape Girardeau newspaper, dated July 3, 1862, described the war-weary community of Bloomfield. It also told of a certain tree used for sad occasions.
Two or three of us went down and saw the tree on which Lowe hung three Union men. It is better adapted to hanging purposes than any live tree I ever saw. At about the height of ten or twelve feet from the ground it makes a sharp bend, running horizontally some fifteen feet, where it makes another sharp turn upwards. It has but few branches on, and the place where the ropes were the bark can be plainly seen. They dug three shallow holes and tumbled the bodies in, threw a little dirt over them - not half filling the excavations - and left them to their eternal rest. The bones are all exposed in one of the graves. I asked why in the world they were not covered. The answer was, "They are left to keep alive the memory of their wrongs in breast of those who will avenge them."
The following day a Union cavalryman wrote his wife in Wisconsin also telling of the town and describing the same tree which he called "The Fatal Tree."
My Dear Wife - July 4, 1862
... We are encamped just outside the town. There were about 1000 thousand inhabitants here before the Rebellion. The most of them left at
Pvt. Josiah Ripley White, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry
Erected 2012 by Harty Family of Stoddard County.
Marker series. Historic Trees marker series.
Location. 36° 52.98′ N, 89° 55.46′ W. Marker is in Bloomfield, Missouri, in Stoddard County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 25 and East Shawnee Street (State Highway E), on the right when traveling north on State Highway 25. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomfield MO 63825, United States of America.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 618 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2012. 4. submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.