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John Fleming Addison

John F. Addison was a member of the 65th Enrolled Missouri Militia, having volunteered for service in July of 1864.  Mr. Addison farmed near his brother, William H. Addison, a few miles from present day Mandeville in northwest Carroll County.

An account of John F. Addison's death is recorded in a report presented by his commanding officer, Major George Deagle.  Major Deagle surrendered to a superior Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price in Carrollton at 8:00AM on October 17th, 1864.  Major Deagle reports that his force of some 150 militia and 50 citizens who answered a call to arms faced a Confederate force of 300 to 500 regular troops.

The terms of the surrender required paroling all enlisted men and officers of the 65th Enrolled Missouri Militia. However, after all of Major Deagle's officers were paroled, all of the enlisted men, including John F. Addison, were marched to General Shelby's headquarters near Waverly, MO, where they had been guaranteed parole. General Shelby was a staff officer of General Sterling Price. Although he had been released, Major Deagle accompanied his enlisted men to Waverly.  Not finding General Shelby there, they then began a march of about two miles.  At that point, a Captain Williams of the Confederate forces explained to Major Deagle that he had received orders from General Shelby to release all the prisoners.  After all names were recorded, all prisoners were released, with the exception of John F. Addison, William Silkey, Joel Trotter, Alexander Stanley, James Street (incorrectly identified by Deagle as Joseph), and John Street.

Following this detention, the prisoners were turned over to men under the command of "Bloody" Bill Anderson, a notorious "bushwacker" that accompanied General Price's command.  The prisoners were immediately executed by a firing squad. This occurred on October 20th, 1864.

Although they were temporarily buried by residents of the area, Dr. G.W. Hereford and Mr. A.M. Creel, the bodies of James and John Street, as well as that of John F. Addison were later retrieved by their wives and returned to Carroll County.  All three are buried in the Street family Cemetery just west of Bogard.  Headstones identify James Street as 20 years old, John Street as 18 years old and John F. Addison as nearly 50 years old at the time of their deaths.

Thanks for your inclusion.

Verl W. Addison
(John F. Addison was a brother to my great-grandfather William H. Addison)

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