Born:March 2, 1841 Died:July 15, 1921
Burial:Gentry Cemetery Place:Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas
Ever have one of those days when you're casually walking along and everything seems to be going OK until suddenly......Capt. Bill Anderson is suddenly on your heels? John and three others had a day just like that. July 11, 1864 to be exact.
John, of Company L, 6th Missouri State Militia, was home on furlough and newly married. He and three others, Bennett Hartgrove, William Allen and Henry Manning were heading to the Adkins school house in Carroll County, Missouri to attend a citizens meeting of how to better protect themselves and the community from guerrillas. This is where irony surfaces......
GREAT EXCITEMENT IN CARROLL COUNTY, MISSOURI
NINE CITIZENS MURDERED BY ANDERSON’S GUERRILLAS.
“About five o’clock last Tuesday evening, a band of guerrillas, variously estimated at from twenty five to one hundred, crossed Missouri River in skiffs near the residence of George Adkins, some eight or ten miles above Miami and immediately commenced their depredations. About 7 o’clock they met with John S. Neet of Co. L, 6th Cav. Regt. M.S. M. on furlough, Bennett Hartgrove, William Allen and Henry Manning who were together going to a meeting of the citizens to organize to protect themselves against guerrillas. They at once attacked them and being outnumbered they attempted to escape but were closely pursued. A number of shots were fired at them. Hartgrove was killed, one ball passed through Neet’s hat and one cut the point of his left shoulder and he was so closely pursued that he abandoned his horse and escaped in the brush, loosing horse, bridle and saddle, he also lost another horse. Allen and Manning also escaped.” Carrollton Democrat, July 15, 1864
HISTORY OF CARROLL COUNTY, MISSOURI, 1881
“Anderson landed in that portion of the county called “The Gourd”, now in Eugene township. Many Union men and federal sympathizers were citizens of “The Gourd” and the locality was in very ill favor with the Confederates. In about an hour after landing, Anderson and his men met with John L. (S.) Neet, of Company L, 6th Cavalry, M.S.M., home on furlough and newly married, and Bennett Hartgrove, Wm. Allen and Henry Manning, all of whom lived in the neighborhood and were going to the Adkins school house to organize to protect themselves against guerrillas, pursuant to Gen. Rosecrans’ orders. Anderson and his men were all dressed in Federal uniform, and Neet and his companions thought them federal militia. Very soon they detected their real character, for the guerrillas began firing, and Bennett Hartgrove fell dead. Neet, Allen and Manning made all haste to escape and were closely pressed by the guerrillas. Neet received a ball through his hat, and his left shoulder was slightly cut. Getting a favorable opportunity he abandoned his horse and took to the brush, losing horse, saddle and bridle, but saving his life. Manning and Allen also escaped.”
John would later make a note of losing $40.00 (Am't taken by bushwhackers - $40.00). A good bet that it was somewhere on his horse. Maybe his saddlebag? But Capt. Anderson wasn't the only known name on John's heels! Bill's right hand man, Archie Clements and Peyton Long were there too!
His military career was marked with more unfortunate events. He was found guilty of deserting at Warsaw, Missouri on or about June 30, 1863. He was sentenced to three months confinement at hard labor and docked three months pay. In May of 1862, he was wounded at a skirmish at Medicine Creek bridge. He was put on furlough until healthy enough to report back. In July to August of 1862, he was, again, back at home recovering after being wounded at Chillicothe, Missouri.