Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Huntsville Massacre

 

City: Huntsville

County: Madison

Location: Huntsville Memorial Park, W. Main and Hughes streets

Sponsor: ACWSC, City of Huntsville, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 433683
UTM-Y: 3993917
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 36.08761124
Longitude: -93.73662152

Marker Text

Huntsville Massacre

On January 10, 1863, nine men, including two Confederate officers and prominent local citizens and Masonic lodge members, were taken from a guardhouse near here, led to Samuel Vaughns farm one mile northeast of Huntsville, and shot. Only one man lived. Lt. Col. Elias Baldwin of the 8th Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) was arrested for murder of prisoners of war, but freed when witnesses failed to appear. The killings may have been motivated by the deaths of 18 Union soldiers escorting Isaac Murphys daughters to their home in Huntsville in November 1862.
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No. 54

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of Huntsville
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2013

Huntsville Massacre

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The nine men killed on January 10, 1863, were Chesley H. Boatright, 39, a blacksmith; Confederate captains Hugh Samuel Berry, 31, and John William Moody, 22; former county treasurer William Berry, 60, a farmer; Watson Stevens, 29, the Berrys cousin; Robert Coleman Young, 56, a minister; and Askin Hughes and John Hughes of Tennessee, who were visiting Huntsville when the incident occurred. The sole survivor of the Huntsville massacre, John Parks, moved to Mississippi after recovering from his wounds. No one was ever punished for the Huntsville slayings.

No. 54

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of Huntsville
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2013

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