Makes one wonder who Jefferson might have thought that the villians were!
Jefferson's sister had married Benjamin Potter Jr. ...It seems that on 6 Sept 1863 John S. Cave, Benjamin Potter Sr. (75 yrs old), two brothers of John S. Cave's wife, William and David Hunter and their 17 yr old nephew, Andrew T. Owsley were packing their wagons to leave the county in compliance with "Order # 11". A company of Kansas Redlegs, belonging to Col. Clark's regiment showed up at these men's farms, took these unarmed men, who had not taken part in the war, but were known Southern sympathizers -- took them to a near-by farm and shot them to death, leaving their bodies where they fell. It was 75 yr old John Hunter, father of William and David, Grandfather of Andrew Owsley and father-in-law to John S. Cave and the "poet" Martin Rice and his son who buried these men while their families had to continue preparing to leave the county. Martin Rice is said to have been the one who leaked information about his neighbors being Southern sympathizers; his son-in-law, William Calvin Tate, was also one of the six men killed that day.
Still...I don't think that justifies Mr. Ewing's bad judgment leading to the killing his own child.