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Another Site Identifier Clinched It

The afore-mentioned Valley Blythe Kirkham mentioned at another time her uncle and aunt watched the battle from a few hundred yards away-- "Only a quarter of a mile away, in the ancient cemetery, on the hill overlooking the battle ground, two curious spectators, very much scared and frightened, hid behind a large oak tree, while the battle of Albany was in progress." With my map tool, actually it was a half mile away, but who's counting....

The "ancient cemetery," found a quarter mile from the battle site is called the Stokes Cemetery. And it is in fact ancient. It has a headstone where the deceased past away in 1822. This reference of the aunt and uncle watching from the cemetery seals the site location. In hunting that cemetery I found it, and it turns out there's a Battle of Albany monument on site which was erected in 1988 in the cemetery. Says it was put there on the site of the battle. But not exactly. More accurately it was placed near the site of the battle. The pinpoint site of the battle is now Hiway 210 due south across the field from where Twister Road in Old Albany-proper intersects with 73rd Street. (With the precise descriptions from 1936 hiding in my research it didn't take a lot of looking through land records like I thought it might).

Hunt up the Ray County 1877 plat map, and look in Camden Township just south of Albany....where the road hairpins from east-west to due south. That's the road Baker decoyed Anderson down, right up to the turn.

Now go back and check out my previous post about the battle being fought at a L-curve where i didn't have point of reference compass directions, just the right or left turns the riders made. As I stated in my previous post, the riders were going towards 6-clock position and turned to 9-oclock. Having more info now, in that description 6 oclock position was east. The turn towards 9 oclock moved them south....

The L-curve isn't there anymore, and the east-west road, now a paved highway, just keeps on going east. No treed areas either. Just road and grain fields.... Looking on a modern day map, current day Brashears Road wasn't there back then either so don't let that confuse you. The now-disappeared L turn south and point of battle contact/death site of Anderson was 753 feet/.143 miles east of current Brashears intersection on Hwy 210. How's that for pinpoint...?

Should be several thousand or more spent bullets all over that area, primarily towards the west, and the south -- taking into account how the Feds were positioned in the ambush, and against Confederate Capt. George Hendley's subsequent lost-to-history untold ill-fated classic two-wave formal cavalry charge attempting to dislodge and overrun the feds (more on that to come).

What a story. Anyway, here's where it happened--,+MO+64077/@39.222413,-94.1152139,470m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x87c10a47003e873f:0x2b7b71b1161c4dc8!8m2!3d39.2127849!4d-94.1227232!16zL20vMHd6cjY?entry=ttu

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How Feds Were Positioned in Bill Anderson Ambush
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Battle Site, and Key Vibbard Scrap Day Before
Vibbard/Crowley Farm/Rocky Fork Fight Site
Ambush Site, Anderson Camp Site, Fed Base Site
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Brashears Road, and back to the teenagers....
Another Site Identifier Clinched It
Camp Site Anderson Was Decoyed Out Of
3D Google Position of Battle and Camp Sites
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