On Thursday, Jan. 16, The Ray County Historical Society is hosting its annual board meeting. It will be a carry in dinner at the Eagleton Center that starts at 6 p.m..
We will be providing the meat dishes and drinks. Everyone is invited and asked to bring a covered dish or a desert.
The program will be presented by Robbie Maupin. I told him we’re calling it “Gun Safety 101 With Robbie Maupin.” because he is going to talk about his accident that happened at Richmond Outlaws Days last September. He is doing much better now, but it has been a long healing process.
Robbie and I attended the Elliott Scouts Annual meeting Jan. 4. We talked about the upcoming battle of Albany and the Elliott Scouts are going to help us with this event. Their commanding officers are Maj.Sam Stanton and Capt. Bob Green, both local men who have an interest in the Battle of Albany.
Bob recently donated a life-size “Capt. Bill Anderson” who stands guard in my office at the museum. Bob bought it at the benefit auction that was held for Robbie a few months ago. It was painted by Artist Dan Hadley, who is going to paint some other solders for us.
Capt. Anderson and I have attended several meetings together and I’ve enjoyed taking his picture at various Civil War sites around our area. We will be covering many miles over the next nine months as we work on the Battle of Albany.
I know most of you have heard it before, but just in case you missed it, here is the official Ray County version of our Albany battle.
The 1881 Ray County History Book gives the following account: “A heavy force of guerrillas, under the command of Bill Anderson, were repulsed near Albany, Ray County, by a portion of the 51st regiment, E. M. M., commanded by Major John Grimes, and a portion of the Daviess company E. M. M., commanded by Major Samuel P. Cox, of the 1st cavalry, Missouri State Militia
“In this engagement, Bill Anderson, the noted bushwacker, was killed while making a desperate charge. The Ray County troops and the Daviess County troops in the action behaved with great coolness and gallantry. The arrangement of the forces, and the planning of the method in which the attack was to be brought on, were well conceived, and admirably carried out. They reflected the highest honor upon the officers in command.
“On the fall of their leader, the bushwackers, who had met with some loss from the well directed fire of the Ray County and Daviess County troops, made a hasty retreat, and left Ray County that night.”
Four Federal troops were wounded and 11 Southern men lost their lives. Capt. William T. Anderson was only 24 years old when he died. Not many people who died so young are still remembered 150 years after their death
We have been working on the Battle of Albany since October 2011. It all started when I was at Ray County Museum and Robbie walked in with his brother.
He started talking about the Battle of Albany. Three Maupin men rode with Bill Anderson and may have been with him at the Battle of Albany.
Robbie came to the next board meeting of the Ray County Historical Society and asked if we would like to do something that had never been done before. Before the night was over, we had decided that in October 2014 we were going to have a reenactment in Ray County on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Albany.
Robbie worked on the Battle of Lexington at the Big River Ranch, so he understands that this is going to be a major event for Ray County and Civil War history in general. The word is out and we have received calls at the museum from many other states asking about this event.
Please come join us this Thursday as we host our first Battle of Albany party for 2014. Give me a call at 776-2305 if you have any questions. I hope to see you there.