OLD WAYNE by Cletis R. Ellinghouse

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The ordeal of twenty-year-old schoolteacher Sarah Pauline White, sentenced in 1864 to confinement at hard labor in the state penitentiary for the duration of the Civil War for writing a letter to a rebel soldier, was one of several painful experiences endured by Wayne County families that’s described in Old Wayne. Why her impassioned quest for a pardon failed was never fully explained; but it gained the enthusiastic support of Missouri governor Thomas C. Fletcher, formerly a Union army general, and appears to have been a casualty of President Andrew Johnson’s acrimonious relationship with the Missouri commander, General John Pope, who at a later time was fired by Johnson.

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Old Wayne is the fourth history Cletis R. Ellinghouse has written since he retired from a lifetime of publishing weekly newspapers in southeast Missouri. Wayne County's Lost River Settlements explores the emotional abandonment and subsequent destruction by the government of a number of small communities to prepare the landscape for construction of Lake Wappapello. Piedmont: A Sesquicentennial History is his study of the old Iron Mountain Railroad town where he finished his high school work. In Mingo he revisits the countryside around an ancient swamp that's now a part of Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. His home in Puxico is a short drive from the Refuge and Lake Wappapello. Cletis Ellinghouse
Published May 21, 2010 by Xlibris. 263 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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