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THE POLITICS OF WAR: JUDGE JOSHUA CHILTON MURDERED BY UNION MILITIA LEADER / POLITICAL RIVAL

I found an old favorite digging through archives this evening. "Homeland and Hinterland: The Current and Jacks Fork Riverway".

The book is a fascinating historical examination of Southeast Missouri Ozarks history.  Pages 60-61 record a unique example of how some men were targeted for more than their loyalty to either North or South.  Judge Joshua Chilton is an example of such targeting.

Chilton is said to have been a friend of both Confederate General Sterling Price and Confederate Governor Jackson. However, the book notes that Chilton's family stated he tried to remain neutral.

The Union party who murdered him was led by a Lt. Reed (who just happened to be a political rival of Chilton's before the war).

A screenshot of the account provides the rest of the story.


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