What records were left for Ripley County during the war , were kept by a local militia unit, the 15th Mo Cav Reg, Conf, all records military & civil were burned in May, 1865 before the unit went to Jacksonport, Ark. to surrender.
Widely known for its defense of Civil Rights the SPLC has filled its coffers defending the oppressed and exposing hate-groups, at least that is how the organization wants to be perceived. The reality is that the SPLC has made their millions by twisting the facts. They would have the public believe there is a Klansman hiding behind every tree and a Nazi at every podium.
I once found myself in their crosshairs by proposing to hoist a Missouri Battle Flag at the grave of Missouri Confederate Colonel William Jeffers in Jackson, Missouri. The ironic thing about their opposition to this "hate-crime"is the fact that after the war, Jeffers formed a militia to combat the Klan.