Several historical sources about the Civil War in North Eastern Missouri are available online. Much more is stored away in libraries around the region, notably Hannibal, and the county seats of Marion, Monroe, Shelby, Macon and Knox counties. This page presents newspaper articles, some about THBS, and some about the war in general. We begin with a few contemporary stories from the war era.
In the clipping above dated August, 4, 1862, we learn that Lieutenant Donahue talked to THBS just before he died, presumably at the home of Rudolph March, where Stasey was taken after being wounded. This is the same John Donahue featured in previous stories about the pursuit of THBS after he'd ambushed an army patrol. Not much is learned about this man. He mustered into a Shelby County unit, was commissioned as the 2nd lieutenant, and resigned in 1863. He is mentioned in a letter written by Diana Benjamin, wife of Captain John Benjamin, in 1863. It would be interesting to know if the Donahue family preserved any recollections of this THBS/Donahue visit, but without more information it is impossible to pursue the question.
Below are some feature stories from the Monroe Appeal, a newspaper published in Paris, Missouri. These pages were published in 2012. One of the stories is about the battle of Vassar Hill, mentions Stasey, and is unsual in getting his name spelled correctly. He was usually referred to as "Tom Stacy."
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