You are welcome.
"In the face of unalterable reality," huh? Like Strother Martin said in "Cool Hand Luke," "You will get your mind RIGHT!" I've had to do that a few times in my lifetime, too. Would you mind if I were to use that "in the face of unalterable reality" phrase in a future writing?
A correction to my earlier diatribe. That was the 1984 Moniteau County History on page 170 that stated the home of Samuel Crawford was burned when the war broke out. It further stated the home was 3.5 miles east of California, which location gives weight to my guess that this home was torched in late August 1861 in retribution for the train shootings near Centertown.
According to William F. Swindler's April 1941 article "The Southern Press in Missouri 1861-1864" in the "Missouri Historical Review" on page 399 Swindler quotes the 20 July 1861 issue of "The California Weekly News" as C. P. Anderson writing that troops (presumably Union troops) ransacked the newspaper office on 14 July 1861. Anderson was able to clean up the mess and get the press going again by the 20 July 1861 issue.