The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

Many victims of the war were met and shot to death by guerrillas of both armies in the bloody war between the states. In giving narrations of this kind Mr. James S. Griffin told me that a man of the name of Ben Evens, who belonged to Co. E 8th Missouri Cavalry union troops and the same command that he himself was a member of. This man Evens was authorized by the commanding general of our department with headquarters at Springfield, Missouri, to purchase or take suit all horses for the artillery service and he took charge of all the best horses he could lay hands on if they seemed to be adapted for hard service. They were paid for if the price was reasonable, if not they were taken anyhow. After he had collected 10 head of the kind desirable together he started to Springfield with them to deliver them to the authorities. But he never lived to reach his destination for when he arrived within 6 miles of Springfield a band of men met hit and shot him to death and taken the horses and made their escape with them. When the authorities learned of the facts they sent out a bunch of soldiers who recovered his body and gave it interment in the Enon graveyard 5 miles from Springfield.

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