|Grave of Lindsay Murdock|
Lyndsay Murdoch was a radical Unionist and immigrant from Scotland. As the story goes, Murdoch left Bollinger County Missouri fearing the wrath of Southern Sympathizers in the area and moved to nearby Cape Girardeau. The History of Southeast Missouri reports:
"In August, 1861, Gen. Fremont gave Lindsay Murdoch of Bollinger County, a commission as lieutenant colonel, with orders to recruit a battalion for the defense of Cape Girardeau. With the assistance of Maj. (Daniel) Abbey he raised four companies which were known as the Fremont Rangers. They were recruited mainly in Bollinger, Scott and Cape Girardeau counties, and were commanded by Capts. J.T. Burk, William P. Harris and Michael S. Eddlemon. From Aug. 4 to Dec. 25, 1861, the Rangers served without pay or clothing, and did nearly all the scouting in Southeast Missouri."
The account then records that of the Missouri State Militia, only one regiment, the 12th Cavalry, was organized in Southeast Missouri composed of eight companies. Co. A was organized at Cape Girardeau Feb. 10, 1862, with Col. Murdock as commanding officer."
These and other stories can be found in "Blood in the Ozarks: Union War Crimes Against Southern Sympathizers and Civilians in Occupied Missouri" along with much more information in the forthcoming "Blood in the Ozarks: Second Edition"