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November 9, 2016

1865 May - Manning Stiers Killed by Guerrillas Near Warrensburg in Broad Daylight


Look Back  Civil War and divided Missouri
A drawing of a Confederate shooting a Union soldier near Jefferson City. The rebel is depicted in uniform, although many Confederate partisans fought in civilian clothes. But the nasty battles between homegrown Union and Confederate militias in Missouri took on the forms of guerilla war -- sneak attacks, arson and outright murders. (Harper's Weekly)


Killed by Guerrillas.


Hon. Manning Stiers, who emigrated from Hocking county to Missouri, a few weeks ago, met with a tragical death on the 8th. He was staying with some friends at Warrensburg, Johnson county, until he could relocate, and while walking along the public road, two and a half miles from that place, in broad daylight, two of those murderous outlaws, which infest that war-ravaged country, approached him on horseback, one of whom shot him through the breast with a revolver, killing him instantly, and then robbed him of a watch and a small sum of money. and rode away. Two negroes who were working in a held near by saw the deed committed, took the body out of the road and conveyed it to Warrensburg, where it was identified.
Mr. Stiers was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, April 13th. 1827, emigrated to Hocking County in Ohio. He was elected representative from Hocking county in the Ohio Legislature in 1859 and re-elected in 1861, and was a useful, and Influential member. He was a strong-Democrat, and possessed more than an ordinary share of intelligence. He was much respected for his high moral character, regular habits, and strict integrity. He was by occupation a farmer in the spring of 1863 Stiers was married to Miss Minerva Fleming, an excellent lady, of this county, who died in about a year earlier. His remains were brought here, and on Tuesday last interred by the side of his wife in Forest Cemetery.

Born on 1837 to Isaac Stiers and Lydia Reeves. Manning married Minerva Fleming.

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