I, too, had a relative killed at the beginning of the Civil War in the area of the Salt River in Adair County Missouri. He was a teenage boy riding his horse to a mill when he was overtaken by a renegade Union group called the Putnam County Malitia who demanded his horse. When he refused, they killed him and took his horse. The name Ft. Madison (Madson) was mentioned in this story and we believe this to be where our relative was killed. It was the site of an old Indian fort that was constructed in 1832 on the north side of the Salt River. It was built as a protection against the Indians during the Black Hawk War. There is now an old church and cemetery there, and a plaque telling about the Indian Fort. It is a short distance east of Sublette, Mo. I am wondering if the Putnam County Malitia used this as a camp sometimes and committed these acts of murder there. The place had been abandoned as a fortress against Indians later in the same year it was built. There was a block building there with a palisade.
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