LONE JACK’S GLORY

Grand Celebration at that Point by Ten Thousand People Yesterday,
The Affair One of the Most Successful Ever Held Within the County.
Plenty of Candidates on Hand Who are Victimized Into Speech
Making.

They had a grand celebration down at Lone Jack, in the eastern portion of
the county, yesterday, in commemoration of the battle at that point during
the "late unpleasantness," and it was estimated that between eight and ten
thousand persons were on the ground. The people came from all over the
county, and quite a number camped out in the neighborhood, having
reached the locality on Sunday. A short sketch

OF THE BATTLE

May prove interesting to those who know little of it. Where the town of
Lone Jack now stands, one of the bloodiest battles of the war was fought.
Not the largest number slain, but a larger proportion of those engaged in
the conflict lay dead and dying upon the gory earth at the close of the
battle, than in any other of the four years’ bitter strife. About eight hundred
Federal soldiers, under command of Maj. Emory S. Foster had been for
several days encamped in the town of Lone Jack. On the evening before
the battle, Confederate forces to the number of about 1,200 under the
charge of Co. John T. Coffee, Maj. Upton Hayes and Col. Vard Cockrell,
together with a few of Quantrill’s brigade, encamped near the town, totally
unaware of the proximity of the antagonistic squadron. At daybreak on the
16th of August, 1862, the forces of each army discovered the other and
the struggle commenced, not to end till the retreat of the Federal troops at
3 o’clock p.m. Old men who were engaged in it say after the first few
shots were fired the fight was hand to hand, and it seemed almost
impossible in the smoke and excitement of the moment to distinguish
friend from foe. The Federals left more that two-thirds of their force
behind them when they retreated from the field before their conquering
foes. A jack oak tree stood [ ] upon the plain overlooking the scene and
under its spreading branched the confederate dead were buried. The tree
finally died, and a marble monument was erected in its stead to mark the
grave of the dead. Each year on the 16th of August, the people of the
county assemble to shake each other by the hand and join in praises that
sweet peace once more shed her influence over the country, and also to
keep alive the memory of those who fought and died for the cause
nearest their hearts. This meeting of memoration took place yesterday
and was a most happy one.

Thousands were present, comprising all grades of religious and political
belief, and not a word was spoken to mar the peace and serenity of the
meeting. All were in the best of humor, and came to please and be
pleased. The meeting was held in a lovely grove belonging to Mr. Griffith,
about two miles south of the town of Lone Jack. Everything, which could
be done for the comfort and convenience of guest, was done. Bounteous
tables were spread with the best of the land, and he must indeed be
difficult to please who would not find everything to his taste.

Many persons from Kansas City went by way of Pleasant Hill, and the
long ride over dusty roads was anything but a pleasant one. The main
thoroughfare was crowded with vehicles of all descriptions, and it seemed
as if the entire population of the county had turned out for a grand gala
time. The marshals of the day were Messrs. Col. Bohannon, of Ray
County; W.D. Round, John Koger, David Graham, J.H. Harris, James
Meadow, Wm. Hulse and Daniel Smith. Mr. Meadow participated in the
fight at Lone Jack, as did Col. Bohannon, who received two severe
wounds during its progress. He introduced the speakers and made some
very feeling remarks upon the dead who gave their lives up for the cause
they had espoused. The gentlemen who spoke did not pretend to make
elaborate orations, but simply uttered the overflow of full hearts beating in
sympathy with their audience.




Kansas City Times, Tuesday, August 17, 1880