Osceola in Saint Clair County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sacking of Osceola
Citizens of Osceola
murdered by Kansas
and the Union Army
Of the 12 men ordered to be
murdered by Gen. James H. Lane,
3 are known
Mr. Berry • Champion Guinn
Micajah Dark (13 yrs later)
In June 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued an order making the U.S. Senator from Kansas, James H. Lane, a brigadier general.
In September 1861, Gen. Lane and his rabble army of Kansas Jayhawkers, under questionable authority of Mr. Lincoln, invaded Missouri. His objective was to pillage and destroy peaceable, prosperous Osceola.
On September 21 & 22, the Jayhawkers invaded, occupied, sacked, and torched Osceola. Twelve male citizens sought to protect one of the banks from being looted and ultimately burned. Gen. Lane arrested these citizens for "treason" and, by way of a "drumhead court-martial", appointed himself prosecutor and judge, condeming the twelve to death.
He mustered a makeshift firing squad, in which he himself took part, murdering all but three of the twelve men, thinking all were dead.
One of the few who survived was Micajah Dark. Thirteen years later, Dark was hunted down by forces of Missouri's Reconstruction regime. Pursued to his home, he was kidnapped, brutally assaulted, murdered, and his
This monument is dedicated to the men and women, known and unknown, who were robbed, brutalized and murdered by Union Gen. James H. Lane through the events he set in motion.
May all who have suffered persecution from the course of action of Mr. Lincoln rest in peace with God.
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
Dedicated 11 October 2008
Erected 2008 by St. Clair County Historical Society and the Col. John T. Coffee Camp 1934, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 38° 2.343′ N, 93° 42.082′ W. Marker is in Osceola, Missouri, in Saint Clair County. Touch for map. Monument is in Osceola Cemetery, about 300 feet east of the the cemetery entrance at intersection of Missouri Highway WW and Durnell Street. Marker is in this post office area: Osceola MO 64776, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osceola (approx. 0.6 miles away); Saint Clair County Veterans Memorial The Old Commercial Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Weaubleau Christian Institute and College (approx. 13.4 miles away); John Whitaker (approx. 13.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 13˝ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. History of St. Clair County, Missouri. (Submitted on November 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Osceola, Missouri, in the Civil War (video). (Submitted on November 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. James Henry Lane Papers. (Submitted on November 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Sacking of Osceola; A Brief Account. (Submitted on November 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Disasters • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.