Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Chilton Family of 1860-1874

Excerpts Used with permission from Marjory Orchard from:
"The Chiltons - Their Ancestors and Decendants",
by Charles L. and Marjory Orchard,
Volumes I and II.
Copyright 1977


www.Ancestry.com/chiltondl/   chilton family tree

The Chilton Familyof Shannon, Carter, and Reynolds Counties of Missouri
The Civil War Years: 1860-1874

Dan Chilton's Linage shown in Blue.
Suzanne Chilton's Linage shown in Pink.

Chilton Family Statistics: 66 males + 72 females = 138 family members / 37 deaths = 27% of family lost during the war.
Men, age 17 or Older: 35 men /17 died = 50% died, many killed by Federals and Enrolled Missouri Militia.
Men serving in USA Army: 4 men, 2 died of natural causes in Nashville and Atlanta Army Hospitals.
Men serving in CSA Army: 4 men,  1 died in Civil War Battle.
Total Males: 66 males / 25 male deaths = 38% of males died.
Total Females: 72 females / 7 female deaths = 10% of females died, 1 shot by Jayhawkers/robbers in home.

Generations 1 and 2 Summary--- born in Kent England, Maryland and Virginia: Generation 1. John and Martha Chilton: Gneration 2: son Mark and Clementine, father of Thomas Boggs;  and son Thomas and Sophia(Sapphira), father of Thomas Coot and Charles Truman. Mark, Thomas, John, and Stephen fought in the Revolutionary War in Maryland and Virginia regiments, later combined into the Continental Army.

Generation 3
4. i. THOMAS BOGGS3 CHILTON, b. 1782, Westmoreland County, Virginia; d. 1862, in Shannon County Missouri, Cousin of Coot.

5. i. THOMAS COOT3 CHILTON, b. 1792, Tennessee; d. 1866, Blair Creek, Missouri, Cousin of Boggs.

6. ii. CHARLES TRUMAN CHILTON3, b. 1780, Virginia; d. 1843, Brother of Coot.

4. THOMAS BOGGS3 CHILTON was born 1782 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and died 1862 in Shannon County, MO. He married (1) SUSANNAH INMAN 13 Feb 1802 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. She died 1827. He married (2) BETSY MCCAIN 1832. She died Bet. 1842 - 1850.

7. i. CLEMENTINE4 CHILTON, b. 04 Apr 1802, Tennessee; d. 20 Aug 1873.
8. ii. MARK CHILTON, b. 04 Apr 1803, Tennessee; d. 1835.
9. iii. JOHN CHILTON, b. 29 May 1805, Rhea County, Tennessee; d. 19 Apr 1874, Shannon County, MO.
10. iv. CHARLES TRUMAN CHILTON, b. 1807, Tennessee.
11. v. SHADRACH CHILTON, b. 1809, Tennessee; d. Feb 1862.
12. vi. WILLIAM CHILTON, b. 1819, Missouri.
13. vii. JAMES CHILTON, b. 1813, Tennessee; d. Texas.
14. viii. THOMAS J. CHILTON, b. 08 Jan 1815, Tennessee; d. 23 Mar 1873, Eminence, MO. (Deeded Land to the town of Eminence in 1868.)
15. ix. JOSHUA T. CHILTON, b. 28 Sep 1818, Tennessee; d. 26 Aug 1862.
16. x. MARION FRANCIS CHILTON, b. 1827, Missouri; d. Bet. 1860 - 1870.

17. xi. ANDREW JACKSON4 CHILTON, b. 1838; d. 1896, Arkansas.
18. xii. SUSANNAH CHILTON, b. 1833.
xiii. MATHIAS (MATTHEW?) CHILTON, b. 1842; d. before 1860 census.

5. THOMAS COOT3 CHILTON was born 1792 in Tennessee, and died 1866 in Blair Creek, Missouri. He married REBECCA DANIELS. She was born 1796 in Tennessee, and died 1859.

19. i. ISSABELLA4 CHILTON, d. Bef. 1850.
ii. MARY JOSEPHINE CHILTON, b. 1817, Tennessee; d. 10 Aug 1874, Married Thomas J. son of Boggs.
20. iii. SOPHIA CHILTON, b. 15 Aug 1820, Tennessee; d. 17 Aug 1896, Married John, son of Boggs.
iv. ELIZABETH CHILTON, b. 15 Oct 1822, Tennessee; d. 31 Mar 1899, Married Joshua T. Chilton, son of Boggs.
21. v. JOHN CHILTON, b. 1825, Tennessee.
vi. ANNA CHILTON, b. 26 Nov 1826, Tennessee; d. 16 Dec 1912; m. JOHN B. WOOD, 02 Dec 1888.
vii. MELVINA CHILTON, b. 08 Aug 1828; d. 15 Jan 1882.
22. viii. JAMES C. CHILTON, b. 1832, Tennessee
23. ix. LOUISA CHILTON, b. 01 Jan 1836; d. 28 Oct 1921. Married Benjamin F. Sinclair, died Nashville Union Army Hospital.
x. JOSHUA CHILTON, b. 1838, Tennessee; d. Feb 1865, died with Nelson, shot by Federals.
24. xi. THOMAS COOT JR CHILTON, b. 1822, Tennessee.

6. TRUMAN3 CHILTON (JAMES2, JAMES1 SHELTON) was born 1780 in Virginia, and died 1843. He married BETSY INMAN, Sister of Susan Inman, Boggs wife.

26. ii. THOMAS T. CHILTON, b. 1810; d. 01 Feb 1861.

Generation 4
7. CLEMENTINE4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) as born 04 Apr 1802 in Tennessee, and died 20 Aug 1873. She married ZIMRI A. CARTER 01 Mar 1821 in Lived 2 miles South of Van Buren, son of BENJAMIN F. CARTER. He was born 30 Mar 1794 in South Carolina, and died 03 Feb 1872 in Missouri.

i. JOHN5 CARTER, d. Bef. 1850.
ii. PERRY CARTER, d. Bef. 1850.
iii. NELSON CARTER, d. Bef. 1850.
iv. BAILEY CARTER, d. Bef. 1850.
v. SERENA CARTER, d. Bef. 1850.
vi. MALINDA CARTER, b. 1829; d. 1860.
vii. WILLIAM CARTER, b. 1831.
viii. THOMAS CARTER, b. 1834.
ix. BENJAMIN F. CARTER, b. 1837.
x. FRANCIS M. CARTER, b. 1840.
xi. MANERVA M. CARTER, b. 1839; d. 1868.
xii. HENRY CARTER, b. 1842.
xiii. CHARLES CARTER, b. 1844; d. 1926.

8. MARK4 CHILTON was born 04 Apr 1803 in Tennessee, and died 1835. He married BETSY CARTER, dau of Benjamin F. Carter. She died Bet. 1835 - 1840.

Children of MARK CHILTON and BETSY CARTER are:
i. JAMES5 CHILTON, b. 24 Oct 1828, Chilton Farm 8 miles SE of Van Buren; d. 05 Feb 1875; m. MARTHA JOHNSON, 31 Jan 1858; b. 10 Sep 1835; d. 19 Mar 1910. James raised by John and Menerva Chilton
ii. SUSAN CHILTON. Raised by Zimri Carter & Clementine Chilton Carter.

9. JOHN4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) as born 29 May 1803 in Rhea County, Tennessee, and died 19 Apr 1874 in Shannon County, MO. He married (1) LETITIA CARTER 1824. She was born 1803. He married (2) SOPHIA CHILTON 1844, daughter of THOMAS CHILTON and REBECCA DANIELS. She was born 15 Aug 1820 in Tennessee, and died 17 Aug 1896 in Married John, son of Boggs.

i. RACHEL5 CHILTON, b. 04 Jul 1829.
ii. SUSAN CHILTON, b. 1831; d. Dec 1853.
iii. SARAH CHILTON, d. 1853.
iv. FRANK CHILTON, d. Very Small Boy.

v. LOUISA5 CHILTON, b. 20 Feb 1845; d. 12 Nov 1901.
vi. SHADRACH CHILTON, b. 08 Feb 1847; d. 25 Feb 1926.
vii. EMELINE CHILTON, b. 15 Aug 1849; d. 1877.
viii. ZIMRI CHILTON, b. 31 Mar 1851; d. 02 Jun 1891.
ix. JOSHUA CHILTON, b. 10 Dec 1853; d. 21 Nov 1862.
x. VAN DIEMON CHILTON, b. 23 Oct 1855; d. 1862.
xi. JOHN J. CHILTON, b. 12 Mar 1858, Memoirs in "True Ozark Tales of Bygone Days", d. March 28, 1938.
xii. THOMAS CHILTON, b. 28 Dec 1860; d. 23 Jun 1938.

10. CHARLES TRUMAN4 CHILTON was born 1807 in Tennessee. He married NANCY KELLEY 1823. She was born 1807 in Missouri.

i. ISAAC5 CHILTON, b. 1824; d. 1855; m. ELIZABETH FANCHER; b. 1829; d. 1872.ii. ADALINE CHILTON.

11. SHADRACH4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) was born 1809 in Tennessee, and died Feb1862. He married PATSY HARVISON (OR HARRISON). She was born 1817.

i. SUSANNAH5 CHILTON, b. 12 Oct 1835; d. Bef. 1866. Married William T. Orchard, USA Army, lost/died before 1865. Married George H. Davis 1865.
ii. JOHN CHILTON, b. 1836-1839?; d. Feb 1865, by Federals, in front of wife and four children, m. Elizabeth Frances
iii. WILLIAM CHILTON, b. 1840; d. 27 Aug 1862, Salem, by Federals; m. MARY HOLCOM, 1859.
iv. ALEXANDER CHILTON, b. 1842; d. 25 Mar 1879, by Andrew his uncle and son Henry; m. ELIZABETH DAVIS, dau. Ibby and William Samuel Davis, in Dec 31,1868. daughter, Clementine Chilton, b. 1868, d. bet. 1870-1880.
v. MARY ELIZA CHILTON, b. 1844; d. 16 Jul 1902; m. (1) NELSON CHILTON; b. 1842; d. 1865, by Federals; m. (2) JOSEPH BUTLER, 1866; d. 25 Dec 1866, by Federals; m. (3) SAMUEL NESBIT, b 1837, (Married to Elizabeth Davis earlier.)
vi. MARTHA CHILTON, b. 1844; d. Bet. 1850 - 1860, Twin to Mary Eliza.
vii. ELIZABETH CHILTON, b. 1851; m. GEORGE FETTER; b. 1848.

12. WILLIAM4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) was born 1819 in Missouri. He married ELIZA ALLAN 1844. She was born 1826 in kentucky.

i. JAMES5 CHILTON, b. 1850.
ii. ISAAC CHILTON, b. 1851; d. 1934; m. MARY CARTER; b. 1851, Reynolds County; d. 1930.
iii. MARION FRANCIS CHILTON, 49th MO Inf. USA b. 1847, d. 7/26/1865, in Army Hosp. buried Marietta, GA 
iv. WALTER CHILTON, b. 1853.
v. MARY CHILTON, b. 1855.
vi. NANCY CHILTON, b. 1859.
vii. ULYSSES GRANT CHILTON, b. 08 Jun 1866; d. 1962.

13. JAMES4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) was born 1813 in Tennessee, and died in Texas. He married (1) ESTHER ALLEY 1845. She was born 1824 in Tenessee. He married (2) SARAH 1895 in Austin, Texas.

ii. WILLIAM CHILTON, b. 1848.
iii. SUSANNAH CHILTON, b. 1851.
iv. THOMAS CHILTON, b. 1854.
v. MARTHA CHILTON, b. 1860.

Child of JAMES CHILTON and SARAH is:
vi. JENNIE5 CHILTON, b. 1896, Texas.

14. THOMAS J.4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) was born 08 Jan 1815 in Tennessee, and died 23 Mar 1873 in Eminence, MO. He married MARY JOSEPHINE CHILTON. She was born 04 Jan 1812 in dau of Thomas Coot & Rebecca Daniels, and died 10 Aug 1874 in Eminence, MO.
TJ deeded 40 or 50 acres for rebuilding the town of Eminence in 1868 on the Jacks Fork River. The original town was on upper Current River, near Round Spring, and the courthouse and town were burned during the early days of the Civil War.

i. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE5 CHILTON, b. 03 Mar 1838; d. 07 Sep 1904; m. SARAH JANE WHITING JOHNSON; b. 03 Sep 1837; d. 20 May 1885.
ii. ADELINE CHILTON, b. 1831; m. JOSEPH MOYER, 1863; b. 1843.
iii. SOPHIA CHILTON, b. 1841; m. JAMES MOYER, 1864; b. 1844.
iv. ISABELLE CHILTON, b. 1843; d. 1944.
v. MARY CHILTON, b. 1845; d. 1865; m. ALEXANDER KILE, 1864.
vi. CHARLES TRUMAN CHILTON, b. 1847; d. 1892, Shot by son-in-law Perry Andres.
vii. CLEMENTINE CHILTON, b. 1847; d. 1876.
viii. THOMAS ALFRED CHILTON, b. 1850; d. Bet. 1850 - 1860, died very young.
ix. MANERVA CHILTON, b. 1854; d. 1877.
x. MALINDA CHILTON, b. 1854.
xi. JOHN D. CHILTON, b. 1857; d. 1859.
xii. ALICE J. CHILTON, b. 1861; d. 1921.

15. JOSHUA T.4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) was born 28 Sep 1818 in Tenessee, and killed 26 Aug 1862 by Federals w/nephew William. He married ELIZABETH CHILTON 1840. She was born 15 Oct 1822 in Tennessee dau of Thomas Coot & Rebecca Daniels, and died 31 Mar 1899. Joshua served in the Missouri Legislature as Representative and Senator.

 When the Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1861 dissolved the Missouri elected government, including the legislature, Senator of the 24th District, Joshua Chilton, returned home, thereby declaring neutrality on the question of secession. Accused of recruiting for the Confederacy. The 24th district remained unrepresented in the legislature-in-exile, except for Howell and Oregon County Representatives, who attended the secessionist Confederate Missouri Constitutional Convention in Neosho, led by Gov-in-exile Clairborne Jackson.
Children of Senator JOSHUA T. CHILTON and ELIZABETH CHILTON are:
i. NELSON5 CHILTON, b. 1842; d. Feb 1865, killed by Federals with his Uncle, young Joshua, son of Coot; m. MARY ELIZA CHILTON; b. 1833,  d. 1902.
ii. REBECCA CHILTON, b. 15 Nov 1853; d. 12 Feb 1912; m. JOHN COUNTS, 02 Aug 1866; b. 27 Mar 1845; d. 09 Jul 1916.
iii. COMMODORE PERRY CHILTON, b. 06 Dec 1844; d. 19 Jul 1906; m. CYNTHIA EMMALINE FREEMAN; b. 07 Nov 1850; d. 28 Mar 1889 (dau. of Col. Thomas R. Freeman, CSA)
iv. SUSAN CHILTON, b. 15 May 1849; d. 11 Nov 1931; m. H. C. JONES, 13 Aug 1869.
v. ANNA CHILTON, b. 12 Sep 1851; d. 2 Nov, 1938; m. William Marion Freeman, 14 Nov, 1871 (son of Col. Thomas R. Freeman, CSA).
vi. JAMES CHILTON, b. 03 Apr 1854; d. 17 Apr 1921; m. MARY E. DEPRIEST.
viii. THOMAS CHILTON, b. 1859; d. 01 Aug 1924; m. SOPHIA CHILTON, 14 Mar 1887; b. 1870, dau of George F. & Mary McCormac Chilton.
ix. MARTHA BELL CHILTON, b. 17 Jun 1862; d. 21 Aug 1902; m. JAMES SHADRACH ORCHARD; b. 07 Apr 1860; d. 10 Feb 1938, Son of William T. Orchard and Susannah Chilton Orchard.

16. MARION FRANCIS4 CHILTON, USA (THOMAS BOGGS3) was born 1827 in Missouri, and died Bet. 1860 - 1870. He married MARGARET FANCHER STEARSMAN Bet. 1844 - 1849. She was born 1826 in Tennessee.

i. MARY5 STEARSMAN, b. 1844; d. Jan 1930.
ii. NAPOLEON BONAPART CHILTON, b. 1849; d. 1866.
iii. ELIZABETH CHILTON, b. 1852.
iv. THOMAS WESLEY CHILTON, b. 1854; d. 1893.
v. ROBERT NEWTON CHILTON, b. 1858; d. 1899.
vi. EVELINE CHILTON, b. 1861; d. 22 Jun 1897; m. ROBERT S. SUTTON, 23 Jul 1882; b. 25 Dec 1859; d. 18 Nov 1926.

17. ANDREW JACKSON4 CHILTON (THOMAS BOGGS3) was born 1838, and died 1896 in Arkansas. He married (1) ELIZABETH. She was born 1839, and died Bet. 1870 - 1879. He married (2) SUSAN Bet. 1870-1879, b. 1855. Andrew and son Henry killed Alex Chilton on March 25, 1879, were acquitted in 1881, and moved to AR after 1880 census.

i. HENRY L.5 CHILTON, b. 1857.
ii. MARTHA CHILTON, b. 1855.
iii. SOFIA CHILTON, b. 1858.
iv.FRANCIS CHILTON, b. 1864.
v. FANNIE CHILTON, b. 1865
vi.ROBERT CHILTON, b. 1868.
vii. ANN CHILTON, b. 1869.
viii. MARGARET CHILTON, b. 1870.
ix. CORA CHILTON, b. 1873.
x. ROSA BELL CHILTON, b. 1875.
xi. EDNA CHILTON, b. 1878.


i. ISAAC5 HAWKINS, b. 1852.
ii. ELIZABETH HAWKINS, b. 1854. m. James Nesbit
a. Mary Ann Nesbit b. 1868 d. 1936, m. Samuel M. Mahan b. 1861, d. 1935
iv. MARY L. HAWKINS, b. 1856.
v. JOSHUA HAWKINS, b. 1861.
vi. ANDREW HAWKINS, b. 1867.
vii. FRANKLIN HAWKINS, b. 1870.
viii. CLEMENTINE HAWKINS, b. 1876.
ix. WILLIAM HAWKINS, b. 1864.
x. JAMES HAWKINS, b. 1867.
xi. JOSEPH HAWKINS, b. 1867.
xii. THOMAS HAWKINS, b. 1868.

19. ISSABELLA4 CHILTON (THOMAS COOT3) died Bef. 1850. She married SAMUEL DAVIS b. 1836; died Bef. 1850.

Children of ISSABELLA CHILTON and SAMUEL DAVIS (raised by Joshua & Elizabeth, Issy's sister) are:
i. ELIZABETH CLEMENTINE DAVIS5, b. 1837, Tennessee; d. 1882; m. (1) SAMUEL NESBIT; b. 1837, Missouri; m.  m. (2) GEORGE CRAWFORD, died 1866; m. (3) ALEXANDER CHILTON,. m.1868, died 25 Mar 1879; m. (4) JAMES MAHAN, m. 1881.
a. William Nesbit, b. 1858
b. George Nesbit, b. 1862, d. 1922
c. Clementine Chilton, b. 1868 d. between 1870 and 1880.
ii. THOMAS DAVIS, b. 1840.
iii. CAROLINE DAVIS, b. 1843.

20. SOPHIA4 CHILTON (THOMAS COOT3,) was born 15 Aug 1820 in Tennessee, and died 17 Aug 1896 in Married John, son of Boggs. She married JOHN CHILTON 1844, son of THOMAS CHILTON and SUSANNAH INMAN. He was born 29 May 1803 in Rhea County, Tennessee, and died 19 Apr 1874 in Shannon County, MO.

Children are listed above under (9) John Chilton.

21. JOHN4 CHILTON (THOMAS COOT3) was born 1825 in Tennessee. He married SARAH ANN SINCLAIR. She was born 1834 in Missouri.

i. NANCY ANN5 CHILTON, b. 1849.
ii. MARY J. CHILTON, b. 1851.
iii. JAMES F. CHILTON, b. 1853.
iv. ALFRED L. CHILTON, b. 1855.
v. ADALINE CHILTON, b. 1858; d. 1931.
vi. LORETTA CHILTON, b. 1862.
vii. MARTHA CHILTON, b. 1870.
viii. SOPHIAH CHILTON, b. 1861.
ix. SARAH CHILTON, b. 1867; d. 1900.
xi. JOHN CHILTON, b. 1864; d. 1920.

22. JAMES C.4 CHILTON (THOMAS COOT3) was born 1832 in Tennessee. m. 1)CHARNELESEE HUDDLESTON in 1855. m. 2) ELIZABETH SMITH in 1870.

i. LAURA JANE5 CHILTON, b. 27 Apr 1857; d. 06 Jun 1940; m. ISAAC SMITH; b. 25 Dec 1853, Tennessee; d. 03 Mar 1909.
ii. WILLIAM CHILTON, b. 19 Apr 1857; d. 19 Apr 1927; m. MARY SMITH.
iii. MARTHA CHILTON, d. Wife of John Chilton.
iv. REBECCA CHILTON, d. Wife of Shadrach Chilton.
v. MARY PERNECIE CHILTON, d. Wife of Thomas Johnson Chilton.

23. LOUISA4 CHILTON (THOMAS COOT3) was born 01 Jan 1836, and died 28 Oct 1921. She married BENJAMIN F. SINCLAIR, USA 02 Oct 1856. He was born 07 Aug 1831, and died 05 Feb 1865 at Nashville Army Hospital.

i. ANGELINE5 SINCLAIR, b. 16 Dec 1857; d. 09 Jan 1858.
ii. HORACE SYLVESTER SINCLAIR, b. 01 Sep 1860; d. 06 May 1886.
iii. FINIS MANN SINCLAIR, b. 10 Dec 1862; d. 12 Jul 1928.

24. THOMAS COOT JR4 CHILTON (THOMAS COOT3) was born 1822 in Tennessee. He married JANE SUGG 1849. She was born 1830 in Tennessee.

Children of THOMAS CHILTON and JANE SUGG are:
i. MARY5 CHILTON, b. 1849, Missouri; d. Bet. 1860 - 1870.
ii. SARAH CHILTON, b. 26 Oct 1850; d. 15 Mar 1890; m. JASPER ACHILLES DEATHERAGE; b. 26 Oct 1850; d. 25 Jul 1898.
iv. ELIZABETH CHILTON, b. 1854; d. died as small child.
v. JOHN CHILTON, b. 28 Oct 1856; d. 1933; m. SARAH CAROLINE KEELING, 15 Mar 1885; b. 1856; d. 1940.

i. Rachel, d. 1863, shot by robber in Oregon County.
v. THOMAS CALVIN, d. 28 Mar 1865 by Federals
vi. GEORGE, d. 27 Mar 1865 by Federals
vii. CHARLES, d. 27 Mar 1865 by Federals
viii. TENNESSEE JUBELINE b. 1845, d. 1871, m. Bailey Smith.
ix. ALEXANDER REED b. 1842, d. 22 Aug 1858.
x. MARY REED b. 1840, d. 1844
xi. WILLIAM PENN REED b. 1848, d. 1858
xii. JOHN REED b. 1825, d. 1843.
xiii. MALINDA REED b. 1835, d. 1870.
26. THOMAS T.4 CHILTON (TRUMAN3) was born 1810, and died 01 Feb 1861. He married SOPHIA LAREW. She was born 1811, and died 1874.

i. GEORGE F.5 CHILTON, b. 01 Feb 1838, Tennessee; d. 01 May 1907; m. MARY POLLY MCCORMAC, 06 Nov 1856; b. 1834, Alley Springs (first homestead); d. 01 Sep 1912.
ii. MARY C. CHILTON, b. 1838, Tennessee; d. 1855; m. ? ROGERS.
iii. MELINDA CHILTON, b. 1849
iv. JAMES T. CHILTON, b. 1845, Missouri; d. State of Washington; m. (1) SYTHA; m. (2) MARY J. HENRI.

Monday, June 11, 2007


Blue and Gray Cross Current
A Musical Drama of the Civil War Times 1861-1874
Along the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers in Shannon and Carter Counties of Missouri

By Dan and Suzanne Chilton
Based on the memoirs of John J. Chilton 1858-1933
Published 1931-1933 in The Current Local

Acknowledgements and Permissions
Written Materials:
The Current Local, Van Buren, MO
West Carter County Genealogy Society and Genevieve Kyle, Van Buren, MO: "The Civil War in Carter and Shannon County Missouri"
The late Charles L. and Marjory Orchard, Eminence, MO: "The Chiltons -- Their Ancesters & Descendants"
The late David Lewis, reared in Shannon County, of Modoc, Illinois: "Footprints Along The Current"

Cathy Barton, Dave Para, and Bob Dyer, Booneville, MO: "Rebel In The Woods" , "Johnny Whistletrigger"
Michael Magliari, Jim Goodall, and Tony Fleet, St. Louis, MO: "Love In Time, Life In Motion"                            
Steve McDonald, Scotland: "Stone of Destiny"

Links to Lyrics, Music, and Cast

Table of Contents

Scene 1: Current River Woman Remembers
Knot of Blue and Gray Ballad: “ KNOT OF BLUE AND GRAY” by Current River Woman
Current River Woman

Scene 2: 1861 -- Dinner on the Grounds
Narrator (J. J. Chilton - Age 72)
J. J. Chilton – Age 3
Thomas Boggs Chilton – Age 75
Ballad: “TALE OF WIND RIVER” by young Thomas Boggs Chilton & young William Mahan
Aunt Betsy Chilton
Senator Joshua Chilton
Rebel in the Woods Ballad: “THE REBEL IN THE WOODS” by Soldier Quartet (Verse 2 & Chorus)
Alexander Chilton
Elizabeth Davis

Scene 3: 1861 -- A Call To Arms
War in Missouri in '61 Ballad: “The War in Missouri in ’61”, by Soldier Quartet
Confederate General Sterling Price
Missouri, Bright Land of the West Ballad: “MISSOURI, BRIGHT LAND OF THE WEST” by Confederate General Sterling Price

Scene 4: 1862 -- Battle of Wilson’s Creek
The Death of Lyon Ballad: “THE DEATH OF GENERAL LYON” by Soldier’s Quartet
Shelby's Mule Ballad: “SHELBY’S MULE” by Soldier Quartet

Scene 5: 1862 – Tragedy of Eleven
Guard 1
Senator Joshua Chilton
Guard 2
Alexander Chilton
Anderson's Warning Ballad: “ANDERSON’S WARNING” by Capt. William Anderson, Alexander Chilton, Charles T. Chilton, and Jack Smith


Scene 6: 1863 -- Blue & Gray Cross Current
Johnny Whistletrigger Ballad: “JOHHNY WHISTLE TRIGGER” by Jefferson Lewis

Scene 7: 1863 -- Rebels in the Woods
Mrs. McDowell
Soldier 1
Soldier 2
Loon’s Sweetheart
Rebel in the Woods Ballad: “REBEL IN THE WOODS” by Loon Chitty and his Sweetheart

Scene 8: 1863-1865 – Strength and Courage
Quantrill Side Ballad: “Quantrill side” by Alexander Chilton & Soldier Quartet

Scene 9: 1863-65 -- Boyd’s Report
Federal Lieut. John W. Boyd

Scene 10: 1865 – Fallen Flowers
Ballad: “FALLEN FLOWERS” by Nelson Chilton & Aunt Betsy Chilton

Scene 11: Winter 1865 -- Guerrillas, Bushwhackers, and Outlaws
Jefferson Lewis Jesse James
Jesse James Ballad: “JESSE JAMES” by Jefferson Lewis

Scene 12: 1867 – Alex & Lizzie
Aunt Betsy
Alexander Chilton
Elizabeth Davis
Ballad: “LOVE CAME AROUND” by Alexander Chilton & Elizabeth Davis

Scene 13: 1867 -- Onward
Alexander Deatherage
Loon Chitty
T.J. Chilton
George Davis

Scene 14: Love and Letters
Alexander Chilton
Elizabeth Davis
Kate's Song Ballad: “Lizzie’s Song” by Elizabeth Davis

Scene 15: Freedom
Soldier 1
Alexander Chilton
George Davis
Jefferson Lewis
Cast & Audience
Ballad: “FREEDOM” by Alexander Chilton & Cast

Scene 1: Current River Woman Remembers

Scene 1: Current River Woman Remembers
Scene Opening: Current River Woman in center stage –spotlight.

Ballad: “ KNOT OF BLUE AND GRAY” by Current River Woman
You ask me why upon my breast
Unchanged from day to day.
Linked side by side in this broad band
I wear the Blue and Gray.
I had two brothers long ago,
Two brothers blithe and gay.
One wore the suit of Northern Blue
And one of Southern Gray.
One heard the roll call of the South
And linked his faith with Lee.
The other bore the stars and stripes
With Sherman to the sea.
Each fought for what he thought was right
And fell with sword in hand.
One sleeps amid Missouri hills,
And one in Arkansas sands.
But the same sun shines on both their graves,
O'er valley and o'er hill,
And in the darkest of the hours
My brothers they lie still.
That is why upon my breast
Unchanged from day to day,
Linked side by side in this broad band
I wear the Blue and Gray.

(Current River Woman speaks while music continues in the background).

Current River Woman
Current River’s confluence with its primary tributary, Jacks Fork, is fraught with crosscurrent boiling. It scours a deep blue channel as dangerous as the years 1861 to 1874 were for the families living along the rivers’ banks. When the Civil War began in 1861, J. J. Chilton was 3 years old. In 1874, when peace was restored, he was 16. These are his stories.
[Lights Dim]

Scene 2: 1861 -- Dinner on the Grounds

Scene 2: 1861 -- Dinner on the Grounds
[Spotlight on]
[Scene: DL small desk, rocking chair, and guitar, Old J. J. Chilton (Narrator) stands beside desk and speaks directly to audience.]

In 1861, I was 3 years old. War in our parts means understanding our fiercely independent people and their love for their rivers and for freedom. My Grandfather was Thomas Boggs Chilton. Traveling from Tennessee and Kentucky about 1818, he and William Mahan, joined by Isaac E. Kelley and Benjamin J. Carter, were the first families that settled the Current and Jack Fork rivers. They cleared and farmed the fine river-bottom land.

My Uncle Joshua, State Legislator, represented our County for several years. Since news came about three weeks late from Saint Louis, citizens gathered at his house in 1861 for ‘dinner on the grounds’ and to hear about the recent votes and goings-on in Jefferson City.

[Lights come up on stage. Old Thomas Boggs Chilton and 3-year old J.J. sitting on his grandpa’s lap in rocking chair DR. From stage right, Sen. Chilton & Sterling Price carry Table and place UCS. Aunt Betsy brings in tablecloth. From stage Left, Current River Woman and Lizzy bring dishes of food; Young McDowell Child follows. From Stage Right Loon, Alex and Soldier Quartet sit down. All other actors enter and join around. Joshua and Aunt Betsy greet families and she also busies about the dinner tables.]

J. J. Chilton – Age 3
Grandpa, tell me the story when you and Mr. Mahan first came to the river where the Delaware & Shawnee Indians camped!

Thomas Boggs Chilton – Age 75
Well, J.J., when we came here from Tennessee, we were…….

[Scene description: Actors on stage freeze, while flashback of the young Thomas Boggs Chilton and young William Mahan enter from back of auditorium, walk through audience and remain on floor below stage. By the end of the song, they fold themselves into the crowd onstage.]

Ballad: “TALE OF CURRENT RIVER” by young Thomas Boggs Chilton & young William Mahan

Traveling North by Northwest, we came upon a ledge.
Shrouded there in misty blue, just like the old man said.
We stood and wondered what lie beneath the morning fog.
What mysteries would we find? Oh, we knew it all along.

Treasures hidden in the heart of God,
So hard to find by man.
Secrets of the mountains stirring deep,
Wind, Water, and Land.

Climbing down the precipice, holding on to ice and rock.
Finally made it down safely, with pine trees green and soft.
Made our way through hill and dale, by waterfalls and streams.
It all looks familiar, but things are not as they seem.

Sitting by the bright flames, a proverb in our minds.
We realized in an instant, these are the best of times.
Then the rain came suddenly, underneath the granite peaks.
A rainbow brought the answer to the questions that we seek.
CHORUS, twice.

Aunt Betsy Chilton
(Aunt Betsy moves down center stage and says her prayer while the music plays in the background.)

Dear God,
Let me live with a contrite heart,
In my home in the Ozark Hills;
Where the wild flowers bloom and songbirds sing
By a thousand rippling rills;
Where I can worship Thee in my humble way,
Free from man-made creeds;
Where my thanks to God come straight from a heart
Guided by righteous deeds.

To the rest of the world, I’d like to say,
With words sincere and kind,
You live by your creed if you wish,
But leave Freedom to mine.

[At end of prayer, Senator steps down to Aunt Betsy’s left.]

Joshua Chilton

Citizens and Neighbors, County Board Members and Judges, Father Hogan, up from the Irish Wilderness, several of our Reverends, Family…Ladies and Gentlemen (actors acknowledge):

During this session of the Missouri Legislature, the temper of the times did not allow calmness in deliberation and discussion, so very necessary to consider in matters of the State. While General Sterling Price urged reason, General Lyon “declared War” on Missouri! Then, Governor Jackson seceded Missouri from the Union! Neither of them have that authority! Lincoln, of course, remanded the military order, and now Governor Jackson threatens to set up an alternate state government in Neosho with the Confederacy.
We pray that the public safety is assured; that this question of preserving the union, states rights, and slavery, can be discussed and decided without passion. In the words of Honorable Justices Davis & Field,

“Law is not power, but its keeper. Law is above power, both regulating it and deriving authority from independent sources. Civil liberty and this kind of martial law cannot endure together; the antagonism is irreconcilable; and, when in conflict, one or the other must perish. “

We, the Citizens of Missouri, voted overwhelmingly…93%, to remain neutral with regard to the secession of the southern states, and to take up personal arms only to protect our farms, homes, and businesses from aggressors, whether of Northern or Southern sympathies. The Missouri State Guard has been established for this purpose and this purpose only, led by General Sterling Price, under our beloved Bears of Missouri flag. We must hold firm in our commitment to family, friend, and neighbor in these troubling times.

Now, we are a very remote region, where the roads, mountains, and streams can soon beat a soldier and his horse and wagons to despair. May we all rise to greet each day on our own farms; to our favorite “call to arms”, …..

(Whistle the call of the Bob-White quail, “Bob-Bob-White”)!

[Scene: The Quartet stands up and remain down stage.]

Ballad: “THE REBEL IN THE WOODS” by Soldier Quartet. (Verse 2 & Chorus)

VERSES 2 & 2b:

2. We have taken up arms in defense of our farms,
And if the FEDERALS trouble us we'll surely do them harm,
For we have declared that our land shall be free
But if they stay away how quiet we will be.

CHORUS: Then home, soon home, home we will be;
Home, dearest home, in this our country,
Where the rose is in bud and the blossom's on the tree,
And the Lark is singing home, in South Missouri.

2b. We have taken up arms in defense of our farms,
And if the REBELS trouble us we'll surely do them harm,
For we have declared that our land shall be free
But if they stay away how quiet we will be.

Then home, soon home, home we will be;
Home, dearest home, in this our country,
Where the rose is in bud and the blossom's on the tree,
And the Lark is singing home, in South Missouri.

CHORUS again: (All Cast ):
Then home, soon home, home we will be;
Home, dearest home, in this our country,
Where the rose is in bud and the blossom's on the tree,
And the Lark is singing home, its MY Missouri.

[Quartet resumes seat.]
[Scene Description: The joyful party continues. Square Dancers enter to below DR of stage. Dance one set. Joshua and Betsy return UCS. Men gather, some raising fists, and others calming the emotions. Women gather, worried, others happy, and young women & men ‘sparking’. Lizzie wanders down to watch square dancers. Lizzie is in “Widows Weeds”. Alex Chilton grabs her hand and moves to CS where Josh/Betsy, General Price/Ms. McDowell, Current River Woman/Thomas Boggs Chilton are dancing to the Missouri Waltz, while Square dancers waltz. ]

Alex Chilton
Come on, Lizzie, let’s dance.

Lizzie Davis
Oh, I can’t do that. It wouldn’t be proper…and in Widow’s Weeds, at that!

{Scene Description: Alex gently pulls her along, ignoring her protest, and she yields to the sway of the music. After one dance, music continues in background, they stop dancing and walk stage left; others continue to dance to the tune of the Missouri Waltz.]
Alex Chilton
[Alex pulls (guides?) Lizzie back DC.]

Are you doing all right?

Lizzie Davis
I suppose. When my husband was shot at the stockyards, I could hardly bear it. I’m staying with Uncle Joshua and Aunt Betsy for now.

[Scene Description: Young Thomas Boggs and Young William Mahan move DL to sing acapella. Others lisen intently. At the end of the song, all leave for home. Table and rocker are placed in position for Scene 5 before exiting.]

Scene 3: 1861 -- A Call To Arms

Scene 3: 1861 -- A Call To Arms

Ballad: “The War in Missouri in ’61”, by Soldier Quartet

Come all you jolly Union boys, the truth to you I’ll tell,
About old Governor Jackson, of whom you know so well.
He undertook a project and he didn’t quite succeed,
In forcing of Missouri from the Union to secede.
The next step of government, I don’t think it wise.
It was a violation of the Harney Compromise.
If you want to know how he did it, I’ll tell you on the square:
The raising on a large scale, the means of warfare.
Old Claiborne for to show his hand, he swore he’d cut a dash.
He stepped up to the treasury and stole away the cash.
He toddled off to Boonville, in order to cut a swell,
And in his proclamations a lie he did tell.
General Lyon close pursued him; he traveled night and day,
In order to get to Boonville before Jackson ran away.
They saw the Lyon coming, with Blair by his side.
And said to one another, “Boys, it's time for us to slide.”
All through old Jackson’s camp they heard the Lyon roar;
Another such a racket, was never heard before.
They opened up their batteries in order to have some fun,
And the third round that they fired, boys, the Dixie boys run.

{Scene Description: General Sterling Price, in uniform, moves DR. ]

Confederate General Sterling Price
“Fellow Citizens, in the month of June, last, I was called to command a handful of Missourians, who nobly gave up home and comfort to espouse the cause of your bleeding country, struggling with the most causeless and cruel despotism known among civilized men. Your chief magistrate called for 50,000 men to drive the ruthless invader from a soil made fruitful by your labors and consecrated by your homes.

To that call less than 5,000 responded, one in forty only stepped forward to defend with their persons and their lives the cause of Freedom and human rights…Where are those 50,000 men? Are Missourians no longer true to themselves? Are they a timid, timeserving, craven race? Where are our southern-rights friends? We must drive the oppressor from our land. I must have 50,000 men.

Now is the crisis of your fate; now the golden opportunity to save the state; now is the day of your political salvation. The time of enlistment for our brave band is beginning to expire. Do not tax their patience beyond endurance; do not longer sicken their hearts by hope deferred. They begin to inquire, “Where are our friends?” Join me, Pap Price! Give an Answer!

[General Price moves DCS.]

Ballad: “MISSOURI, BRIGHT LAND OF THE WEST” by Confederate General Sterling Price

Missouri! Missouri! Bright land of the west!
Where the way worn emigrant always found rest,
Who gave to the farmer reward for his toil,
Expended in turning and breaking the soil.
Awake to the notes of the bugle and drum,
Awake from your slumber the tyrant hath come!
And swear by your honor your chains shall be riven,
And add your bright star to our flag of eleven.
They forced you to join in their unholy fight,
With fire and with sword, with power and with might.
´Gainst father and brother, and loved ones so near,
´Gainst women, and children, and all you hold dear;
They've o´er run your soil, insulted your press,
They’ve murdered your citizens—shown no redress—
So swear by your honor your chains shall be riven,
And add your bright star to our flag of eleven.
Missouri! Missouri! Oh, where thy proud fame!
Free land of the west, thy once cherished name,
Now trod in the dust by a despot’s command,
Proclaiming his own tyrant law o´er the land;
Brave men of Missouri, strike without fear,
McCulloch, and Jackson, and Price are all near.
Then swear by your honor your chains shall be riven,
And add your bright star to our flag of eleven.

Scene 4: 1862 -- Battle of Wilson’s Creek

Scene 4: 1862 -- Battle of Wilson’s Creek
[Spotlight up on Narrator.]

General Sterling Price led the Missouri State Guard until April 1862, then accepted a command in the Confederate Army. His first engagement in August 1861 at Wilson’s Creek in Greene County, seven miles southwest of Springfield, saw the deaths of Current River boys. The dead were buried without marks of identification and in unmarked graves. Mrs. Kile, wife of James, and two other women whose husbands were killed in the battle went to the burial grounds about two weeks afterwards to get the bodies of their husbands. They were told that they would not be identified at that time.

[Quartet enters from stage right, move into CDS. As they enter, duck and dodge while Artillery/Cannon Sounds. ]

Ballad: “THE DEATH OF GENERAL LYON” by Soldier’s Quartet.

The wild dog sought his matted lair, the rattlesnake his hole,
For smoke and boom of heavy guns o´er Springfield´s prairies rolled;
And swiftly rushed on Iowa's sons, and boldly Kansas pressed.
For they would meet a foe that day, these Soldiers of the West.
Long raged the fight near Wilson´s Creek, and thick flew ball and shell;
Like tigers fought these frontier men, like wounded tigers fell;
Then Lyon cried, as he scanned their ranks, with sore odds now oppressed,
“We're here to die, but not to fly, my brave sons of the West.”
Three times the men of Iowa, and Kansas side by side,
Charged on a swaying host of foes, and checked the Southern tide;
Then Mississippi’s pride recoiled—Arkansas and the rest—
Unable to withstand the shock of the Soldiers of the West.
[Singers Pause: [GUNSHOT]]
A bullet from the sullen foe now entered Lyon’s side;

(Solo verse)
In vain the dying hero, the fatal wound would hide;
With sorrow deep, bronzed hunters weep, sad thoughts their hearts distressed.
No more would Lyon lead them on to battle in the West.
When doubt and fear o´erhung the land, and treason filled the air,
Then Lyon chose his country’s part, for her his sword did bear;
To her he gave his heart so brave, and all that he possessed,
And lastly, gave the life he loved on a prairie of the West.
The day will come, when North and South will live in peace again;
When men will drop the dented sword to reason with the pen;
Then many a tongue will breathe his name—a name among the best—
The man that led on Springfield’s plain the Legions of the West.

[ At close of song, Quartet freezes. Spotlight up on Narrator.]

“Early in April 1862, Federal Captain McCameron with a company of sixty Federal soldiers entered the County and came west to Current River at my Father’s farm. My brothers and sisters were planting corn near the river. I was 4 years old at the time. The people of the community were expecting the soldiers, and when they rode into the river, my brother ran to warn the men who were working on the next farm up the river. I could see how their blue uniforms and weapons flashed in the sun and their fine horses glistened as they ran through the field”.

Sam Burnham and Isaac Baker saw the soldiers and hid behind a tree. Sam Hanger and Baty Chitwood slipped away. Later, all four men escaped into the woods. The Federals returned to our home and asked my mother numerous questions but got little true information. They went down river to Woods Mill and camped. After dark, they discovered a man who fired his gun hitting one of the soldiers with his shot. The soldiers, being attacked by an enemy in the dark, stampeded and fled about a half mile down the river where they formed a line of battle and remained until daybreak when Confederate Captain Owen Hawkins and Captain Ponder located them and sent them scurrying back to Greenville.

[Spotlight fades on Narrator; up on Soldier Quartet.]

Ballad: “SHELBY’S MULE” by Soldier Quartet

The Union folks away up north were one time much afraid,
'Bout something coming from the South, they said it was a raid.
Now I will tell you what it was, if you will just keep cool—
It had long ears, and a long slick tail, and called Jo Shelby's Mule.
Shout Boys, make a noise, the Yankees are afraid
That something's up and hell's to pay when Shelby's on a raid.
Once this mule went on a spree, up close to Lexington,
And every time he gave a snort he made the Blue Coats run.
Coming back through “Old Saline” he got into a trap,
He seared Old Brown, kicked up his heels, and came back safe to Pap.
Once I went to see Old Abe and found him in a rage,
Because this mule had started north, and just then crossed “sage.
Indeed, his anger knew no bounds, says I, “Sir, pray keep cool.”
“I can't,” said he, “I've lost so much by Shelby's long tailed Mule.”
“Old Rosy” got a long dispatch, which came from way down East.
Saying, “Take some thirty thousand men and try to catch that beast.”
To obey orders he was bound, but said Abe was a fool,
And hadn't halter strong enough to hold Jo Shelby's Mule.
Some say our State did not secede, but let me tell you now
That if she did or if she didn't we'll have her anyhow.
Let us alone, we'll do the same, that is the Southern rule;
If that won't do we'll pack the State down South on Shelby's Mule.

[Quartet exits stage right.][Spotlight up on Narrator.]

Scene 5: 1862 –- Tragedy of Eleven

Scene 5: 1862 – Tragedy of Eleven

The people of Shannon County were grieved by the murders of John West, Mrs. Sam West, Louis Conway, James Henry Gaylon, William Chilton, Henry Smith, Sam Herring, Jack Herring, John Huddleston, John Story, and Senator Joshua Chilton. The tragedy was one of the bloody incidents of the Civil War and was an instance of what man will do when war uncovers the brutal in man.
John Worthington became an enemy to Joshua Chilton over an imaginary wrong, and Dave Smith became an enemy to Alexander Chilton over a real wrong. Worthington and Smith, in the dead of night, accompanied Federal soldiers from Rolla to the vicinity where the Chilton’s lived. They first caught John Huddleston, Jack and Sam Herring, and William Chilton. The band next approached the home of Andrew J. Chilton who heard them coming in time to leap out of a window in nightclothes. He joined a herd of sheep in the pasture and escaped by running off on all fours.
When the raiding party reached the West home, Sam crawled under a bed. John West, Sam’s father, talked to them until they turned away. Sam ran to the door and fired a double-barreled shotgun at the soldiers, but missed. The raiders fired back and killed Old Man West instantly.
Mrs. West thrust Sam back into the house; as she came between him and the enemy, they fired a charge of heavy shot into her back and hips.
She suffered two weeks before death.
The soldiers caught Alexander Chilton. Senator Joshua Chilton and Louis Conway ran from the house and hid among some weeds in the yard of an old house about half a mile away. The soldiers spied Conway and killed him.
Senator Chilton slipped away, but was discovered.
James H. Gaylon had a broken leg. As the prisoners walked along, his leg became sore and he realized he would not be able to travel the next day. That night the prisoners were placed in a vacant house. Gaylon whispered to Alexander Chilton to knock the sleeping guard out with his boot and Gaylon would hold him until the prisoners could escape. Senator Chilton was a Free Mason and he whispered to the others not to attempt an escape. Two of the enemy were Masons. He thought that through their influence, he could save the lives of all the prisoners.

Early the next morning, as Monk’s raiders were marching the captives up Story’s Creek toward Lawson Hill, they met George Davis, a lad of fifteen years, very slender and tall for his age. Refusing to fall in line when ordered, George was struck with whips and straps and forced into line. George said “You’d better kill me now while you have the upper-hand. If I get away from you, I’ll kill you the next time we meet if it’s a hundred years from now”. Monk’s reply was a sarcastic laugh and a slash of his whip. Trying multiple times to escape and beaten after each attempt, George finally escaped, darted into the thicket. Monk said, “Let him go, he’s just a boy. He’ll remember the thrashing I gave him for a long as he lives, and besides, he can’t do us any harm.”

James Gaylon told the guard that he could walk no further. The guard replied that he must go on or be killed. He sat against a tree, brushed his hair back and said ”Kill and be damned”.
They shot him in the forehead. Then, Joshua Chilton realized his mistake in objecting to the escape attempt. When the Salem Company and Scouts turned over command to the Rolla soldiers for the continued march to Rolla for questioning,  the Rolla Company did not know that Joshua was a State Senator. He voted 'no session' and did not attend the Confederate legislative and constitutional convention in Neosho, yet as a 'neutral', hated by both armies, he was considered 'one of the worst' because of his staunch belief to "reason with the pen".
The guards in charge of Henry Smith and William Chilton lagged behind until they were out of view of the rest. The guards shot both prisoners.
They caught up with the other and proposed that all be killed.
[Guards, Joshua, Alex, and four others march into DR and DC.]

Guard 1
Take off your shoes, you Sesech!!

[All prisoners sit down and start to take off shoes. Guards remain standing and threatening with guns.]

Joshua Chilton
"We are neutrals or if some are rebels, they took the oath after capture and parole. Are you going to shoot me down like a brute?” I’m a Free Mason…same as you.

Guard 2
Once a person’s dead, you can’t tell the difference between an honorable man and a brute.

Joshua Chilton
“I have friends that can walk as deep in blood as any of you.”

[ Guard 1 shoots Joshua and others.
Guard 2 makes to get the ring, Alex scoots away in the confusion and runs off stage right.)

Guard 2(Speaking to the dead body of Joshua Chilton.) You…you’re no Mason, because now I have your Masonic Ring. (Laughs derisively and exits.)

Alex Chilton
I will hunt you down. You will find no safe haven. When I find you, you will wallow in fear and suffering in the dust. You will rue this day; the day of your descent into dishonor and brutality!

[Scene Description: From stage left, a woman brings laundry basket containing clothes. She moves for DL. Alex runs to a spring where a young woman is washing clothes, and being thirsty and exhausted, he drinks and lies down to rest. The woman throws some unwashed clothes over him and in a few minutes the 2 guards come along and ask her if she saw him pass. She points stage left, indicating that he went that direction. When they exit, Alex runs upstage to Aunt Betsey’s “house”. She takes him in, feeds him, helps him to rocking chair. Aunt Betsy then kneels to pray. He wakes, gets gun, provisions]

Alex ChiltonI will know no peace until I avenge the death of Uncle Joshua, William and the others.
{To Aunt Betsy] I will protect you and our family until I breathe my last breath.

[Alex and aunt Betsy Exit stage right.]

NarratorAlex got Charles T. Chilton and Jack Smith, brother of Henry Smith, one of the murdered men, to go with him to settle the score with John Worthington, one of the instigators of the crime. The three went to his home in the vicinity of Round Spring in the night. Worthington resisted but was wounded. His wife assisted him onto a bed and both began to beg. As Alex, Charles and Jack killed him, they reminded him that their people did not beg when the gang of murders shot them.

What they did not yet know, the St. Louis command launched an investigation of the killings of the Senator, his nephew, his hired hands, and the other citizens. The bodies were found laying by the road, with gunshots at close range, not typical of prisoners running to escape. they were buried where they fell. The commander of the Salem Company, Joseph Weydemeyer, a trained German soldier, an educated man and education leader in St. Louis, was not prepared for the undiscipled armies of Blue and Gray, and the neutrals in Homespun. He recalled to St. Louis shortly after the Tragedy of Eleven.

[Alex enters from stage right. Charles T. Chilton and Jack Smith enter from stage left. Meet in DCS.]

Ballad: “ANDERSON’S WARNING” by Capt. William Anderson, Alex Chilton, Charles T. Chilton, and Jack Smith

You sons of Missouri, in towns and on farms,
I hear you’ve been urged to go taking up arms,
To fight the guerrillas wherever they’re found—
Take such a step and walk perilous ground.
Remember we hide in the bush all around.
I can’t save you traitors from a terrible end,
Like wolves we will hunt you down both my men and me.
Fools that you are, you can’t run and can’t hide;
My eyes will be on you; watch how you decide.
Death will await those who choose the wrong side.

My name’s Captain Anderson; I hunt and I kill.
I am a guerrilla; I’m a Devil from Hell.
For my dear sister’s death I will kill till I’m killed,
Now there never can be enough Yankee blood spilled.
Jo was crushed as the walls of her prison caved in,
The Feds did it on purpose and they’ll pay for that sin.
And they’ll pay and they’ll pay, boys, again and again.
´Round my waist I keep a cord of the finest of silk,
And I’ve tied a knot in it for each Yank that I’ve killed.
There’s dozens of knots that I’ve put in the cord;
Each knot’s one step closer to evenin’ the score.
But it ain’t never enough, boys, I only want more.
My name’s Captain Anderson; I hunt and I kill.
I am a guerrilla; I’m a Devil from Hell.
One day we rode into Centralia town,
We broke into shops; we robbed the people we found.
Stole a barrel of whiskey from the local saloon,
And we drank and we had fun, boys, till just about noon.
When the real fun would be enterin’ the town mighty soon.
As the sun was a-blazing high up in the sky,
The train from St. Louis was just passing by.
We threw ties on the rails and then we forced ourselves in,
And to our delight there sat Federal men,
Unarmed and on furlough—right there in our hands.
We forced them all out; we lined ‘em all in a row,
With our guns we’d put each damn Yank on parole.
I says to Arch Clements, “Go on, muster ‘em out!”
Then that whole row of Feds fell with screams and with shouts.
We shot ´em till bodies lay littered about.
My name’s Captain Anderson; more feared than Quantrill.
He may spare a Federal, but I never will.
More Feds soon pursued us, but we knew they would come,
We tore through their lines; we shot and killed every one.
Jesse James shot Major Johnson, sent him screaming to Hell.
For a beardless young boy, I believe he’ll do well—
Someday that young Jess might make a name for himself.
So come all you Missouri boys, take warning by me,
No quarter will I give to any traitor I see.
I’ve already killed dozens. Dozens more will I kill,
And if you dare oppose me your fate it is sealed.
If at first I don't get you, the next time I will.
My name’s Bloody Bill; I hunt and I kill.
I am a guerrilla; I’m a Devil from Hell

[Curtain. Bodies exit stage right. Scene 6 set put in place.]

Scene 6: 1863 -- Blue & Gray Cross Current

Scene 6: 1863 -- Blue & Gray Cross Current
[Spotlight on Narrator.]

“The Federal Soldiers stationed at Pilot Knob in Iron County came down to winter with our citizens and to relieve them of their surplus. Federal General Davidson, with about 3,000 soldiers came to Van Buren and built a fort connected by a telegraph line to the parent fort at Pilot Knob. Rebel citizens kept cutting the wire. I remember my father used some of it to trellis his grapevines.

[Jefferson Lewis enters from stage right to DCS]
[Spotlight on Jefferson Lewis.]

Ballad: “JOHHNY WHISTLE TRIGGER” by Jefferson Lewis

Eighteen hundred and sixty one
Whistletrigger picked up his Long Tom gun.
Went down south with old “Pap” Price,
Fightin’ for Missouri and for Southern rights.
They whipped General Lyon down at Wilson's Creek;
They mopped up Lexington in just about a week.
But things was getting’ hot for the butternut boys,
So they high-tailed it down into Arkansas.
Run, Johnny Whistletrigger, Federals’ll get you.
Run, Johnny Whistletrigger, better get away.

Johnny got a hankerin’ to see his wife.
He asked for a leave from old “Pap” Price.
Pap said, “Johnny, you can have your way,
But be back next month by the 14th day.”
Johnny rode his mule both day and night.
He made it up to Van Buren and looked up his wife.
But early next mornin’ at the break of day
Johnny woke up when he heard his wife say...
They took Johnny prisoner and they marched him down
To a fort they had built at the edge of the town.
They put him to work with the kitchen crew,
And Johnny said, “This'll never do.”
Late one night when the guard got drunk,
Johnny took a chance and he showed his spunk.
He made a grab for his Long Tom gun;
Smacked that guard and he started to run.
He ran till he came to the river bluff edge.
Climbed on down and hid in a cave.
Early next mornin’ Johnny heard a man say,
“I think he's down there, don't let him get away.”
Well, Johnny busted out and took em’ by surprise.
His Long Tom caught a feller right between the eyes.
He jumped in the river and started to swim;
Union boys all shootin’ at him.
He swam on down to the Black River mouth;
Took that river and headed on south.
Just like he promised when he went away,
He reported in to “Pap” on the 14th day.
Old “Pap” made him a colonel on the spot.
His friends was amazed that he hadn't got shot.
He said he owed it all to his Long Tom Gun,
And knowin’ when to stand and knowin’ when to run.

[Lewis exits stage right. Spotlight on Narrator.]

NarratorUsually, about ten wagons accompanied by 50 to 100 soldiers made foraging trips. Both Federal and Rebel armies visited our farms for supplies for their men and the horses. They took corn and other feed; and, of course, the cattle and other livestock were not overlooked. One train drove up to my father’s corncrib. Soldiers tore out three logs from one side and helped themselves to ten wagonloads. Then, they took ten of our best cattle. Several other trains went up Current River to the Reed settlement and confiscated corn and other supplies. They stopped at our home and killed all the ducks, geese and chickens. Another day they came and took all the bedclothes off the bedsteads and searched every box, chest, trunk, nook and corner. They took my mother’s saddle and some books, and asked numerous questions that were not pertaining to war. They even shot some of our brood cows and took only their liver to eat. That showed the character of these soldiers.

Once the Federals arrested some of the local citizens among whom was Alexander Kinnard. After escaping, Kinnard joined General Jeff Thompson’s Rebels” who had also come to the area to forage. Thompson had 400 soldiers, but sent only sixty including Kinnard to attack the Federal foraging train at Kinnard’s farm. Alex’s young wife opened the fence gate for them to ride in.Both Confederate and Federal Soldiers formed battle lines and begin firing at the same time. Alex Kinnard was killed, as was one Federal Soldier. Some Federals escaped back to Van Buren, and reported the skirmish. Immediately a force of 400 Federals started after the Rebels. They marched in grand style up the road locating the trail of the Rebels who were headed back to Jeff Thomson and his 400. The Federals and Rebels formed behind logs and they swapped lead for 30 minutes. When the Federals failed to dislodge the enemy, they turned back. Instead of riding in file, the ones that rode and ran the fastest horses got to Van Buren first. Confederate General Jeff Thompson went his way having taken the pleasure out of the Federal foraging and putting some Rebel caution into it.

Scene 7: 1863 -- Rebels in the Woods

Scene 7: 1863 -- Rebels in the Woods

Following the evacuation of Van Buren by the soldiers, conditions grew worse. Hatred between the two factions intensified. Jayhawking or robbing increased, the mischief being done by gangs of both parties. There were raids and counter raids, with the citizens getting the worst of it all.
The raiding grounds extended from north Arkansas to Pilot Knob. Though a child at the time, I knew the faces of many of them. Of the Federal Faith were: Rance Copeland with a bunch from Salem in Dent County; William Monks of Rolla in Phelps County; William Leeper of Wayne County; Job Haley of Iron County.
The Rebels included: Alexander Chilton of Shannon County; Joseph Huddleston, with seven sons of Shannon County; Doc Hicks of Ripley County; Henry Phillips from lower Carter County; John Cox from Wayne County; Jack Huddleston and sons together with Devil “Dick” Beaux; and Jim Sipes and Joe Quigley from Oregon County.

[Lights come up on center stage.]
(Scene: Set up “house” on stage left with kitchen table with vase of flowers and dishes, 2 chairs, cot, boxes. Mrs. McDowell and 2 children pantomime making dinner and playing around the table. Enter from stage right, Loon Chitty.)

Sister, I came to share supper with you.

Mrs. McDowell
My dear Loon, I declare, I’m so happy to see you this evening. Come in. Come in. I was just fixing the table.

(Loon enters, greets children. Gets a plate. Suddenly, 4 soldiers enter from the right and move toward the house. Ms. McD. spies them, finger to lips to silence Loon and children. She grabs Loon and pushes him under the bed. She and children place boxes around the bed to cover him from the view of the soldiers. She motions the children to not look toward the bed. Children resume eating. Soldiers advance to the door and knock.)

Mrs. McDowell

Soldier 1
Evenin’, m’am. We’ve been on detail and plan to camp here for the night. We’re mighty hungry. Do you have something for us?

Mrs. McDowell
I was just fixing supper for my children. My older boy caught a couple of bass. I have some beans and some leftover cornbread. That’s all I can offer.

Soldier 2
We’ll take it. We haven’t eaten since yesterday at noon. Thank you, ma’m. Thank you.

(All 4 soldiers crowd into the kitchen and fill their plates. One stays at the table with the children. The other 3 move out into the yard. Mrs. McD. gives knowing eye to children while they eat. The meal finishes and the soldiers start to bed down for the night. 2 of them outside and the other 2 near the kitchen and cot blocking the doorway.. Mrs. McD. puts children on bed and prepares to lie down herself.)

Mrs. McDowell
(to soldiers) Do you mind sleeping away from my bed? Sometimes I have to get up in the night with my little one to take him to the privy. I don’t want to stumble over you and wake you.

(She takes her nightcap from bedpost and ties it on. They nod and move away. All lie down and sleep. After a short pause, Mrs. McD. unties her nightcap and passes it on the open side of the bed to Loon. While Loon puts on cap, she starts taking off her buttoned top with aid of children. Passes top to Loon. She removes her skirt and passes it. Loon stands on the open side of the bed, steps over it taking a quilt, which he folds as though carrying a child. He moves quietly past the sleeping soldiers, out into the yard and runs stage right across downstage along apron, tripping on dress, etc. Meanwhile, the actors move off stage left and the house and yard convert to the house of Loon’s sweetheart who takes the place on the bed.

Loon returns to right of house and pantomimes throwing a rock at the window above the sweetheart’s bed. She looks out the window, then slips out the door and comes to Loon’s left.)

Loon’s Sweetheart
Who is it? Who are you throwing rocks at my window?

(Removing cap) It’s your own precious Loon! I just escaped from my sister’s house where four Federals were camped for the night. (They embrace.)

Ballad: “REBEL IN THE WOODS” by Loon Chitty and his Sweetheart
(Written by a Missouri bushwhacker to a friend in prison in St. Louis, April 1863.)

The winter is gone and the spring has come once more.
The rebels rejoice that the winter is no more,
For now it is spring and the leaves are growing green,
And the rebels rejoice that they cannot be seen.

CHORUS: Then home, soon home, home they will be;
Home, dearest home, in this our country,
Where the rose is in bud and the blossom's on the tree,
And the Lark is singing home to South Missouri.

We have taken up arms in defense of our farms,
And if the Federals trouble us we'll surely do them harm,
For we have declared that our land shall be free,
But if they stay away how quiet we will be.

Then home, soon home, home we will be...

The rebels from their homes are compelled to go
And stay in the woods in the bushes thick and low,
For if they go home and there attempt to stay
The Federals will come and force them away.

Then away from their homes, away they will be...

Away from their sweethearts they have to stay
And lay in the woods by night and by day,
For if by the Federals they should captured be
They will be carried to the penitentiary.

Then away from their homes, away they will be...

Now my song is almost ended, and since it is so,
Back to the wars with all speed I must go.
With my gun in my hand and my jacket also blue
Farewell, my dear friends, I must bid you adieu.

Then away from my home, away I will be...

When the war is over I will return to thee,
And we will get married if we can agree,
And when we are joined in wedlock's happy band,
Then we never more will take the parting hand.
And at home, soon home, home we will be...
(Scene Description: Loon Chitty and his sweetheart exit stage left.)

Scene 8: 1863-1865 –- Strength and Courage

Scene 8: 1863-1865 – Strength and Courage
[Spotlight on Narrator.]

All across Missouri, women were imprisoned in St. Louis and Kansas City, being temporarily held in local garrisons. Many farms were abandoned, most burned. The migration to Texas, Kansas and “The Far West” began.

After their defeat at Pea Ridge, much of the Confederate Army was called to other campaigns east of the Mississippi. Many members of the Missouri State Guard refused to go, however, and simply returned home. With no Confederate army at home to resist enemy occupation, many Missourians joined bands of guerrillas that increased each year of the war in spite of, and often because of, the Federal's attempts to hold Missouri. In Shannon County, the Federal presence was punishing.

[Alex and Soldier Quartet enter stage right and move DCS.]

Ballad: “Quantrill side” by Alex Chilton & Soldier Quartet.

Oh, I seen Big Joe as he got his horse and set himself for a ride.
He wore a coat of blackest black,
And his gun strapped by his side,
And his gun strapped by his side.
And I says, Big Joe, where do you go? Do you go to the Quantrill side?
For the night is black and your coat is black,
And your gun strapped by your side,
And your gun strapped by your side.
And I says, Big Joe, Oh yes I know they stole your fair young bride,
But you lost your wife and you'll lose your life,
If you go to the Quantrill side.
If you go to the Quantrill side.
But not a word did he say to me, and he passed me by with a stride.
And I says, Big Joe, Oh don't you go.
Don't you go to Quantrill side.
Don't you go to Quantrill side.
Sinkin’ Creek was bare, and they caught him there, and that was the place where he died.
They killed him in his black, black coat.
And his gun strapped by his side.
And his gun strapped by his side.
[Alex and Quartet exit stage right. Spotlight on Narrator.]

Alexander Chilton visited our home and my mother advised him not to go home as Shannon County was badly infested at that time, October 1864, with Federals. However, he ventured on to his home, and while he was there, he went on a mile further to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Joshua Chilton, his Aunt Betsy. Her house consisted of two sections and a hallway running the length of the building. The family was in the South room and, before anyone was aware, Federal soldiers appeared at the yard gate on the West side. Alex sprang into the hall, and though they fired several shots through the hall, escaped through a wooded pasture into a cornfield.

One of the soldiers overtook him and shouted back, “Come on boys, I’ve got him.”

Chilton attempted to shoot him.

The soldier, seeing what Alex aimed to do, dropped as low as he could on the opposite of side of his horse and when Alex’s pistol failed to fire the soldier raised up to shoot.
Chilton struck him on the forehead with a heavy ear of corn and knocked him unconscious for a short time. Alex escaped along the opposite side of the field. When the soldiers came looking for him, they found no trace.

Chilton slipped along the south-side of the field, back into the wooded pasture, and climbed a white oak tree that had a cluster of grape vines 25 feet from the ground. In this cluster, he was able to hide completely from view of the soldiers. When they finally gave up the search, two of them passed under the tree. One of them remarked that he would like to know where that rascal Chilton had gone. Alex hid in the tree until he was sure they were clear gone before he came down.

The tree in which Alex Chilton hid is carefully guarded. Every time the farm changes hands, it is stipulated that this tree must be preserved as a monument to the heroism of Alexander Chilton who was the hero of Shannon County during the Civil War. The Federals arrested him three different times and attempted to kill him. Each time he escaped. He was a man six feet tall, weighing 215 pounds. He was a fast runner and of great strength and courage equal to his physical prowess. Had he not been thus qualified, the soldiers would have caught him in the cornfield.

[Spotlight down. Close curtain.]

Scene 9: 1863-65 -- Boyd’s Report

Scene 9: 1863-65 -- Boyd’s Report

Scene Description: Federal Lt. Boyd comes on-stage in front of curtain CDS apron, salutes, and reads his report.

Federal Lieut. John W. Boyd
SIR: In compliance with Special Orders, No. 42, issued from your headquarters November 3, I started on scout with 15 men of my company, 5 men of Company B and 5 of Company G, in the direction of Spring Valley. Marched that day 25 miles, without discovering anything worthy of note. Visited the residences of Benjamin Carter and Wilson Farrow; they were gone. Burned Carter's house.

November 5, divided the scout. Sent 10 men to march by way of Bay Creek to Jacks Fork. I proceeded with the balance of the command by way of Leatherwood; found fresh trail of horses; followed them on Jacks Fork to the residence of Miles Stephens and brother, Jack Stephens, whom I was satisfied were bushwhackers. Burned the house. Heard that Fred Taylor had been at Stephens' last week with 25 men. Proceeded down Jacks Fork 10 miles, having marched 30 miles that day. Camped at Widow McCormick's. Had positive evidence that the widow had kept a general rendezvous for guerrillas.

On the morning of the 6th, burned the buildings. Learned from the widow's son, a young lad, that on the previous evening James Mahan had got him to give news of our approach. Sent back and took Mahan prisoner. Went down to Jacks Fork to mouth of Mahan's Creek. Prisoner Mahan attempted to escape, and was shot by the guard. On the morning of the 9th, marched up Mahan's Creek. About 9 o'clock discovered about 20 of the enemy on the bluff above us; fired a few shots at them. When they fell back I took 20 men up the hill and reconnoitered expecting to find them in force to give us battle, but they had all fled into the rocky ravines and hills where it was impossible to pursue to advantage. Returned to the road and met 3 men, who started to escape on seeing us; killed 2 of them, whom I ascertained from papers found on their persons to be William Chandler supposed to live in Dent County, and a man named Hackley, who had in his pocket a discharge as lieutenant from Company F, Mitchell's regiment, rebel army. He also had several packages of letters from persons in the rebel army and citizens in Arkansas, directed to persons in Dent and Phelps Counties all of which are submitted for your disposal. Two miles farther on we captured William Story on a United States horse. He attempted to escape, and was killed. Camped that night at Morgan Dean's.

November 8, started in the direction of Houston; marched 5 miles, and captured William Hulsey, James Hulsey, William McCuan, and Samuel Jones at the house of James Harris, all well provided and packed, going to Freeman. One of them had a horse that was stolen some time since from one of our men; also goods of different kinds. They were killed. Jones, on account of his extreme youth and apparent innocence, I brought in, a prisoner. Five miles farther, at the house of John Nicholson, a known rebel and bushwhacker, we captured the said John Nicholson, Robert B. Richards, alias Bruce Russell, and Jesse Story, all of whom were killed. We then marched by way of McCobbin's Mill to Spring Valley, and camped at Wiley Purcel's.

November 9, started direct for this post, and all arrived here in the evening, all in good health, having been out six days, marched 145 miles, killed 10 men, returned 1 prisoner, burned 23 houses, recaptured 9 horses that had been previously stolen, and took 6 contraband horses and mules.

All of which is respectfully submitted.
Lt. John W. Boyd

Scene 10: 1865 –- Fallen Flowers

Scene 10: 1865 – Fallen Flowers

potlight on Narrator on apron. Curtain remains closed.]

In February 1865, a Federal patrol caught John Chilton, brother of the noted Alexander Chilton, and took him to the home of Mrs. Caroline Kile on Brushy Creek where they kept him overnight. They permitted him to go into the house and see his family. When he came out, he realized their intention to kill him. He made a dash for liberty and ran upgrade through a lane about a hundred yards when they shot and killed him. His wife and four children looked on while the scene was being enacted.

During the following days, the Federal raiders continued killing: Nelson Chilton, young Joshua Chilton, Louisa’s husband Benjamin Sinclair; Mary Eliza’s husband Joe Butler; Polly’s sons Thomas, George and Charles; and many other Current and Jacks Fork river family members died. Whether citizens of Southern or Northern sympathies, the Governor's orders to bring civil obedience to the border Counties prevailed, "starve 'em out, burn 'em out, or shoot 'em." The Federal raiders were recruited from both former Rebel and former Federal soldiers in the new Enrolled Missouri Militia who now answered to no Federal Command nor rules of engagement.

[Open curtains. Bodies are lying horizontally across CS. The women in the cast stand and kneel, etc. behind bodies.]

Ballad: “FALLEN FLOWERS” by Nelson Chilton & Aunt Betsy Chilton
and other mothers and wives..

(Ballet re-enactment; unidentified bodies of other men on ground.)

There on a misty morning, the sun slowly rise
After the Raids in Courtuois Hills (pronounced court-a-way)
There lies her youngest son, tears in his eyes
Wounded and dying she hears him still.

Ma, if I could live my life again
If I could call the world my friend
If I could write the stories end, I would,
I would give all these things in vain
To feel you hold me once again.

A smile comes to his face
An uneasy calm
In front of him, his life flashes by
Amidst his boyish charms
He feels his mother’s arms
In that painless moment, he hears her cry

Son, If I could roll back the years
If I could see through these tears
If I could face all of my fears (I would)
I would give everything in vain
Just to hold you once again.

Remember me forever
I’ll be here forever
Please forget me never
I’ll be here forever

If I could roll back the years
If I could see through these tears
If I could face all my fears
And, If I could live my life again
If I could call the world my friend
If I could write the stories end
I would
I’d live a thousand years of pain
Just to hold you once again.

[Lights down. Exit actors.]

Scene 11: 1865 -- Guerrillas, Bushwhackers, and Outlaws

Scene 11: 1865 -- Guerrillas, Bushwhackers, and Outlaws

[Spotlight on Narrator.]

The winter of ‘65 was cold with much snow. Late in January I went one day to the field with my older brothers to haul some fodder and get some fish from the pond. We looked up the road and saw a lot of Federals. They had Federal uniforms on but they treated us in a friendly way. They left us guessing as to why they were so different from other Federals. We learned afterwards that it was Quantrill and his band consisting of the James brothers Frank and Jesse, Cole, James and Bob Younger, and 66 others. They went on down through Southeast Missouri and over into Tennessee and stayed there and in Kentucky until the war was over. The band came back to Missouri in the Summer and Fall of 1865. Many local families were visited by the James’ and reported fair and generous treatment at their hands.

Gad’s Hill Train robbery near Piedmont was one well-known deed. The James’ frequented the area many times. Aunt Betsy Howell, the widow of Simeon George Howell, lived alone in a cabin across the river from Welch Cave. Four men rode up to her house late one evening. They rode fine horses compared with most local plugs. They inquired if she would mind preparing them dinner. Aunt Betsy had little to eat in the cabin, so she killed two old hens and cooked their dinner. Two of the men ate while the other two remained outside. Then they exchanged places. When the men left, the leader told her that if anyone came by looking for the Youngers or James’, they would be camped at the spring in Dooley Hollow. When she picked up the dishes, each had a twenty dollar gold piece under it.

(Jefferson Lewis enters from stage right, moves to DCS.) J
Jefferson Lewis
What a fine pistol! (He shoots it a couple of times, [2 GUNSHOTS], and reacts to it’s quality.

Jesse and Frank James enter from stage right; approach him cautiously on Jefferson’s right.)
(In a knowing way.) I see, young man, you have a beautiful pistol with an elegant pearl handle. Is it yours? Jefferson Lewis
Well, yes, Sir, it’s mine and it shoots as straight as I point.
Jesse James
Might I ask when you acquired this excellent weapon?
Jefferson Lewis
I have to admit, Sir, I found here on the trail. But I did not steal it, Sir.
Jesse James
I believe you, son, but it is my gun and I’d be much obliged if you’d return it to me.
Jefferson Lewis
If it’s yours, Sir.
Jesse James
(As Jeff hands the gun over.) It is mine and it’s of high quality. And I’ll bet I can shoot it better than you. I thank you. (Flips Jeff a coin and exits stage right.)
Jesse James was a man who was known throughout the land; he was bold, he was bad but he was brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot down Mr. Howard has gone and laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Oh, I wonder where my poor old Jesse's gone. (Repeat)
I'm gonna meet him in that land where I’ve never been before.
I wonder where my poor old Jesse's gone.
Jesse James and his brother Frank had a Southern mamma and a daddy to thank
For raisin´ them up in that good old Southern way.
It was out on the Kansas and Missouri line back in those dark and dangerous times
Just before Missouri got bloodied in the Civil War.
CHORUS Jesse James, Jesse James, he robbed banks and he robbed trains.
The Pinkerton men tried to hunt him down.
They followed him around from town to town,
But they never laid a hand on Jesse James
There was lots of bad trouble on the border back then and a lot of the fightin´ had to do with revenge.
There wasn’t much way you could sit back and not take sides.
Frank went off to ride with Quantrill; Jesse threw in with Bloody Bill
And they fought against the Jayhawkers over on the Kansas side.
The war drug on for four long years and the mothers of Missouri shed a river of tears
For all the lootin’ and the burnin’ and the killin’ of a lot of good men.
But the trouble wasn't over when the peace finally came, at least not for people like Jesse James.
There wasn’t any quarter for the men who rode with Quantrill.
So Jesse and Frank and the Youngers and the rest who had fought for their families and had given their best Didn’t have much choice but to turn to a life of crime.
They robbed from the people who was robbin’ their friends, like the fat cat bankers and the railroad men
And lots of people was secretly on their side.
It was on a Wednesday night; the moon was shining bright;
Bob Ford had been hiding in a cave.
Well, he ate of Jesse's bread and he slept in Jesse's bed, and now he's gone and laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Oh, I wonder where my poor old Jesse's gone...
Jesse was alone; he was straightening up his home.
He stood on a chair to dust a picture frame.
When Bob Ford fired the ball that pulled Jesse from the wall,
now he's gone and laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Oh, I wonder where my poor old Jesse's gone...

[Spotlight Down]

Scene 12. 1867 –- Alex & Lizzie

Scene 12. 1867 – Alex & Lizzie

[Stagehands bring on table and cot. Betsy carries in kitchen props.]
[Scene: Aunt Betsy’s House. Betsy works in the kitchen. Alex enters from stage right.]

Aunt Betsy
Oh, Alex, I’m so glad to see you. (They embrace.) You’ve been gone so long. I thought you were dead.

Aunt Betsy, I’ve been to Rockford, Illinois. I found Dave Smith there running a ferryboat. That murderer got away from me . . .. disguised himself like a swine and slipped away. But I found him . . . in Texas. The last time I saw Dave Smith, he was lying near the door of a saloon with a bullet in his head and two in his breast.

(Aunt Betsy gasps, moves out into the yard to gaze at the sky. Alex lies down on the cot. From stage left, Lizzie enters the yard and greets Aunt Betsy.)

Aunt Betsy! (Embraces her.) How good to be here again. I’ve come to talk with you about Alex.

Aunt Betsy

Alex? Alex Chilton?

Yes. Since losing two husbands to guns, I could only find happiness with my little sons. Now, we’ve lost Nelson, Uncle Joshua and William. It’s all so pointless. We’ve lost so many. . . (sobs) Oh, Aunt Betsy, life feels so empty to me. (silence as she gathers herself together) Before Alex left, I started to feel something again. I’ve been afraid to share it with you . . . or anyone. I . . .

Aunt Betsy
(interrupting) I’ve worried about you both. Alex has a deep sadness that takes him over, sometimes for days. He must give up his vow of revenge. (Lizzie nods in agreement) He must move on.

(They exit together stage left. Lizzie changes out of Widow Weeds to a dress.)
(Alex rises from the cot and moves into center stage.)

Ballad: “LOVE CAME AROUND” by Alex Chilton & Lizzie Davis (Words and Music by Michael Magliari and Jim Goodall)
Love came around, I was nowhere to be found.
Be back tomorrow, or maybe not at all child.
Another day, another time another life.
It’s your mistake, got nothing left inside now.

Then it happened out of nothing, I felt a beating in my heart.
Then the stone began to crumble, a flame burned in the dark.
I never thought I could learn to love again.
I’ll never cry, won’t see those tears in my eyes.
What’s this I found, a chance to love again.
A new beginning, I’ll have to take back what I said.

How do you get something from nothing?
Like stars in the evening sky,
A life so cold and neglected,
A second chance to make it right.

[Music Interlude]
[Lizzie enters from stage left, moves to his left.]
Then it happened out of nothing, I felt a beating in my heart.
Then the stone began to crumble, a flame burned in the dark.
I never thought I could learn to love again.
I’ll never cry, won’t see those tears in my eyes.
What’s this I found, a chance to love again.
A new beginning, I’ll have to take back what I said.

How do you get something from nothing?
Like stars in the evening sky,
A life so cold and neglected,
A second chance to make it right.

[Alex and Lizzie sing next verse together, while Alex and Lizzie exchange rings on the front porch.]
Alex & LizzieThen it happened out of nothing,
Stars began to shine;
When it circled round each other,
Realized true love was mine.

How do you get something from nothing?
Like stars in the evening sky,
A life so cold and neglected.
A second chance to make it right.

[Music Interlude]
Love Came Around, I was nowhere to be found.
Love Came Around, I was nowhere to be found.
Love Came Around, I was nowhere to be found.

Scene 13: 1867 -- Onward

Scene 13: 1867 -- Onward

[Spotlight on Narrator.]

The war ended with the “Drake Constitution of 1865”. But, Martial Law and the increasingly notorious ”test oath” caused a reign of terror until 1874 when the new Constitution was adopted and the fall of the radicals was complete. The Federal dead were 497,000, Confederate death toll was 165,000 and the total casualties of dead and wounded was 2,766,000.

At the end of the war less than thirty males over the age of eighteen resided in Shannon County. Every family had numerous stories of murder, burnouts, robberies, and narrow escapes. Most of the male population had to flee the area to stay alive. This forced them to pick a side, one army or the other, or hide in camps in the woods. A fairly large portion on the upper river was from Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Others married into families of Southern extraction who mostly lived on the lower river. Divided loyalties within a family were not uncommon. Most wished to remain neutral. Enemies were made that would out last these generations.

Those fortunate to have returned home from the war, held a county meeting. County officials Alfred Deatherage, Thomas J. Chilton, and William Mahan were selected until an election could be held. The discussion focused on the desperate financial condition of the county. Someone pointed out that Alexander Deatherage was not in the gathering. He was the County Treasurer before the war, and the burning of Eminence and the courthouse at Round Spring. Deatherage rode up on his horse. He handed over the county’s financial statement and a sack of money. Deatherage had secretly hidden County Funds, and was renamed to the Treasurer’s office until he refused to hold it any longer.

[The following scene DCS, Alexander Deatherage, T.J. Chilton, and George Davis enter from stage right. Jefferson Lewis, and Loon Chitty enter from stage left.]

Alexander Deatherage
Now, fellers, where does Eminence want to be?

Loon Chitty
Well, evidently right about here, where the wagon broke down!

T.J. Chilton
That’s a good spot, anyhow. You can see up river and down from that high point above the ford.

Loon Chitty
Hey, TJ, you willin’ to donate any land?
T.J. Chilton

The Federals scoped out a Bridge up there on my land, just above the ford, with a road to follow around the bluff to the point. When you hit the end of the bridge, you better make damn sure you turn left!
(Group gets a good laugh from that remark.)
I can give clear title to that quarter section if that is the decided spot.

Alexander Deatherage
We’d be needin’ a courthouse and a sawmill.

George Davis
Alex Chilton & I have been talking about putting in a dry goods store.
Of course, we can’t forget about providin’ a good Saloon.

Loon Chitty
You-ns’ will be needin’ a boarding house and a hotel. And what about a Bank?
(Silence for a moment)

Jefferson Lewis
How long will take before we’d have any money to put in it?
J. W. Tackett is talking about a Livery and Blacksmithin’.
Van Buren’s already started rebuilding the town across river from the old site.

T.J. Chilton
Well, boys, let’s quit talkin’ and get at it!

(They exit stage right.)