N0. 204 CIW CHAPTER 12 MISSOURI HART’S CONFEDERATE GUERRILLA COMMAND

Commander: Captain Joseph (Joe) Hart

Hart was an 18-year-old guerrilla chieftain leading a command of men from Gentry and Andrew Counties, Missouri. He was the older brother of Captain John Hart, who was killed in the battle of Wilson’s Creek. Joe Hart was from St. Joseph, Missouri, and organized the first guerrilla band in Clay County, Missouri in 1863. Along with a half dozen of his command he ranged through the country in the neighborhood of the present day Kearney, Missouri. He was killed on July 13, 1863, at the age of 22.

Hart was killed near Spring Hill, 12 miles north of Chillicothe, Missouri with another bushwacker, Joseph Kirk. Other sources claim he was not killed until 1864.

Sources: Missouri Republican, July 15, 1863; Clay, 1885; NWM, 1915; Caldwell,1886; Brownlee; Western Journal of Commerce, July 25, 1863 & May 30, 1863; Trow; Block, Langford, 1999.

 

 

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One Response to N0. 204 CIW CHAPTER 12 MISSOURI HART’S CONFEDERATE GUERRILLA COMMAND

  1. David Lizama says:

    Hi,
    I am a researcher with Painless Productions and am researching Joe Hart’s Bushwacker activities in Kearney, MO during 1963 and am writing to ask your permission to review this document? I’m working a a show called The Dead Files for the Travel Channel.

    By the way, do you know if there exists a photo or drawing of Joe Hart? Do you know of an expert on him?

    Kind regards,

    David Lizama
    Researcher
    Painless Productions
    1410 S. Centinela Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    310-839-9900
    david.lizama@painless.tv
    http://www.painless.tv

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