Near This Site
It has recently been noted by certain historians that Crawford County experienced several small battles that were noteworthy and in need of illumination. Three PSU alumni-- Steve Cottrell, of Carthage, Missouri, Jerry Lomshek, of Chicopee, and Mark Dulek, of Pittsburg--sifted through historical data and discussed the key points of the battles.
“ The largest skirmish ran roughly up the current bypass from near Centennial Street to the north, going past Lincoln Park and ending near Atkinson Street,” said Mark Dulek. “It was known as the Cow Creek Skirmish. “
Other violent acts involving bushwackers, homesteaders and army personnel were carried out in Cato, which is the oldest town in Crawford County. Another raid was carried out on Lightning Creek, south of the original county seat of Crawfordville, and around various towns close to the Missouri border, but are scarcely mentioned in historical texts.
“ Last year PSU’s Department of Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies teamed up with members of the Graphics and Imaging Technologies department to build an exciting new Civil War display for the Crawford County Museum,” says Dulek. “The portable kiosk they created helps to explain several aspects of the Civil War violence and skirmishes that happened in Southeast Kansas. This timely project meshes with the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “
The second phase of the museum’s current Civil War acquisitions is a stone historical marker which formally acknowledges the Cow Creek Skirmish for Pittsburg. It is currently being displayed on the museum grounds where the public may view it at any time. The marker’s placement is as close as we can get to the final battle site as listed in historical documents, which was known to be relatively close to the current museum grounds and may still be discovered someday.
The marker is a flat polished slab of orange-red granite. It took about two months to get the following inscription cut into the stone’s face:
Near this Site
COW CREEK SKIRMISH
October 23, 1864
In Memory of the Fallen
The stone monument in remembrance of the Cow Creek Skirmish and those who fell there was donated to the museum by Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, which includes a monument company, of Carthage, MO. Neel Baucom, who also is owner and general manager of Knell Mortuary, graciously offered to donate the stone itself. Denzel Davidson, the museum’s curator, paid for the cost of engraving of the four-line inscription by the monument company.
Acquisition of the stone monument was arranged by Steve Cottrell, of Carthage, MO, who also conceived the original idea of the new museum kiosk display. He also delivered the completed stone marker to the museum, where it was placed in a brick-lined enclosure near the front door of the museum.
A dedication ceremony was held at the museum Sunday October 30, 2011 at 2:00. The ceremony will include several Civil War reenactors, who will acknowledge the fallen soldiers this marker represents.
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