Posted May 16, 2004


The Fight at Jackson Fairgrounds:

Confederate Victory Against the Odds


©2003 Kirby Ross

with an Introduction by James E. McGhee, ©2003

The Fight at Jackson Fairgrounds: Confederate Victory Against the Odds

© Kirby Ross

Author's Note & Introduction
Ch 1 - Lindsay Murdoch

Ch 6 - Playing a Squally Game of Marbles

Ch 2 - Chasing Phantoms

Ch 7 - Aftermath

Ch 3 - Closing In

Ch 8 - Mopping Up

Ch 4 - Hell Breaks Loose Epilogue

Ch 5 - To the Death


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     L.E. Jenkins, “Battle of the Old Fair Grounds—1862.”  8 Feb 1906.

     Rev. J.C. Maple, “A Civil War Reminiscence: The Battle at the Old Fair Grounds.”  14 Dec 1905. 

     Frank McGuire, Introduction to Bennett’s “A Scrap of Civil War History.”  19 Sept. 1907.

     August Voshage, “Battle at the Old Fair Grounds.”  14 June 1906.


     Anonymous.  Untitled, undated, handwritten memoir detailing the experience of John Q. Craig in the Jackson Skirmish.  Found in Craig family Bible by Craig family descendant Charles Hutson of Jackson, Mo.  Typescript copy in the possession of James E. McGhee. 

     William Nevin, “History of Co. K., 3rd M.S.M. Cavalry Vols. From Its Earliest Organization in 1861, to Final Muster out on January 31, 1865,” (Typescript).  

Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Mo.


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     McGhee, James E.  Campaigning With Marmaduke: Narratives and Roster of the 8th Missouri Cavalry Regiment C.S.A.  Independence, Mo., 2002

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     ________________.  Turbulent Partnership: Missouri and the Union, 1861-1865.  Columbia, Mo., 1963.

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     Brown, Mrs. Shelby.  “The War Comes to Jackson,” Biography of Historic Cape Girardeau County, (1976) 55-56.

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     Ellinghouse, Cletis.  Interview, 6 Sept. 2002.

     McGhee, James E.  Photograph, “Colonel William L. Jeffers.”

     ______________. Photograph, “Jeffers Monument.”

     Ross, Kirby.  Map, “Reconn. Of the Miss. R. for the use of the Miss. Squadron under command of acting rear adm. 1865.”   




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