John Hopkins

Born: November 18, 1835     Died: April 20, 1892

Burial: Eureka Springs I.O.O.F. Cemetery    Place: Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas                 

  

 

  Enlisting on August 11, 1861 and promoted to Sgt. on October 10, 1861, John was also a member of the dreaded 7th Kansas Cavalry, Company C under the command of Charles Jennison. Like A. H. Watson, John and his company was merciless on those of Southern sympathy and dealt out destruction and murder when deemed "appropriate."

  On December 31, 1861, companies of the 7th, including C, headed for Harrisonville, Missouri in Cass County. They were ready and willing to engage Missouri guerrillas in a fight after getting a report of the guerrillas in that area. Upon arriving, they had found that the guerrillas were nowhere to be found and had beaten the trail before they got there. Extremely frustrated and disgusted by their meaningless ride, they decided to find satisfaction in the citizens of Cass County. Here is an example from the book "Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, Mo., Chaos & Order No. 11 1861-1865" by Tom A. Rafiner:

 

  "Undoubtedly frustrated and angered by the empty town, Anthony unleashed squads of his cavalry upon the surrounding neighborhood. The soldiers, also frustrated, as well as tired from a full night's ride were not to be denied.

  One Kansas squad arrived on the farm of Joseph Kimberlin. The soldiers found Mrs. Hannah Kimberlin and her children inside the farmhouse. Demanding breakfast, the soldiers killed all of the family's chickens then forced Mrs. Kimberlin to cook them. When breakfast was eaten, they told the Kimberlins to carry out their most valuable belongings, as their house would be immdiately burned. Told that Hannah Kimberlin's ill mother, Sarah Griffith was upstairs in bed, the soldiers left. Soon, however, they returned. The earlier intention to burn the house was carried out. "The household effects, therefore, were carried out and piled on the snow as rapidly as possible. The torch was applied."

 

  As we learn more about the Quantrill guerrillas in the northwest Arkansas area, men like Hopkins and Watson are a valuable counter to the guerrilla side as we see things from the Union view.

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