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THE PONDER PAPERS: LEEPER RESPONSIBLE FOR BURNING RIPLEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Combing through the Ponder papers from the Missouri Historical Society I found another piece of valuable information.
In a letter found in the archives, the author reveals that William Leeper burned the Ripley County Courthouse down in May, 1865.
I also learned something else. Leeper was a Campbellite preacher.
Below is the letter naming Leeper as the arsonist.
Chances are that if you're reading this you have heard of The Southern Poverty Law Center. The non for profit legal organization that has provided information to law enforcement and is a "go to" source of information by almost every reporter that encounters a "controversial" story.
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.
I found a real gem while doing some research today. The Confederate Battle Flag and Confederate Monuments have been under assault for years now but there can be no doubt the past year has seen these attacks increase in frequency. One of the reasons enemies of all things Southern give for wanting to eradicate historical symbols is the claim that they represent "white supremacy".
Cabell describes the Confederate Battle Flag as a red flag with a blue St. Andrew's Cross with white stars. This description confirms that the flag was not a secular symbol, nor was it a "white supremacists" symbol.
"Sam Hildebrand's Confession" is certainly and interesting read. On pages 196-197 Hildebrand writes about a visit to Bollinger County, Missouri on May 25, 1864.
He writes of going in the direction of "Dallas" in Bollinger County [present day Marble Hill, Mo.] and encountering 7 federals [Union soldiers}.
Hildebrand notes that at the time Dallas was garrisoned by approximately 100 "Dutch" soldiers.
During this time it was common to refer to German immigrants as Dutch and Hildebrand relates the story of one that they captured who spoke in "broken English" who they executed stating, "We quietly sent his spirit back to the Rhine where it belonged"
They were seen as foreign invaders upon Missouri soil by native Southerners and it makes one wonder what feelings a citizen would have today if immigrant soldiers were garrisoned in a local community.