The Battle of Hartsville,
MO and Related Events
In the annals
of the American Civil War, there was no more traumatic happening to non-combatants,
aside from actual death, than the pitting of their family members against
each other in battle. Such and event occurred in Wright County when
the sons of William Reed and Barbara Frazier Wynne became members of opposing
forces in the War between the States.
William Reed Wynne, owner
of a tobacco plantation near Dyersburg, TN had dissolved his holdings and
moved to a farm three miles south of Hartville in 1860, hoping to escape
the impending conflict. His eldest son, Julian Frazier, born June
25, 1841 helped make a crop and get the family settled in their new home.
Then, in 1862 at age 19, he left to join his maternal uncle, Colonel Julian
Frazier, in the Confederate Army.
As a border state, Missouri
was subjected to extremes from both north and south. All eligible
males were fair game and it was only a short time until the Wynnes' younger
son, William Thomas was conscripted at age 16 into the Union Army, albeit
against his will. As a member of Company B, 46th Missouri Volunteers,
he served honorably until the war's end.
Julian Wynne subsequently
joined Captain Frank Austin's Company in Freeman's Brigade, later with
General Marmaduke. In 1864 he "went the raid with Price" and fought
at Pilot's Knob, Little Blue, Big Blue and on into Tennessee with the Volunteers.
He was with Colonel Jeff Thompson at Jacksonport, AR when he was discharged
in June 1865.
Fortunately, the brothers
were never in a position where they were obliged to fire at each other.
When the war ended, both returned to Wright County where they settled on
adjoining tracts of their father's Gasconade farm. Without rancor,
they spent the remainder of their ives as neighbors and they now rest near
each other in the Wynne Cemetery, established by their father on the family
farm. Julian died in 1882 and William Thomas in 1901.
********Julian Frazier Wynne was the maternal
grandfather of Emogene Jones Fuge, a
Brothers and Re-enactors: Scott Allen,
Union, and Steve Allen, Confederate
co-founder of the Wright County Missouri Historical Society********