Sampson Collins 

Born: 1841                               Died: February 23, 1903

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

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                "A rifle shot wound in the right hip (illegible)

The result is a partial paralysis in the limb extending to the knee......"

  July 18, 1862. An approaching twenty one Federal soldiers were coming to the bridge across from the Fabuis River in Scotland County, Missouri. This Federal patrol was the front of Major John Clopper's two hundred and eighty men of the 2nd Missouri State Militia, the 2nd Missouri Cavalry a.k.a. Merrill's Horse and a detachment of the 11th Missouri State Militia. Little did they know....guerrilla Colonel Joseph Porter and a small group of his men were waiting in ambush!

  The patrol saw Porter's bait and lit after them! Up a slope and into the ambush where Porter's men unloaded musket and shotgun volleys. Eighteen federal soldiers were killed and Porter pulled back to await Clopper's command. 

  The second time was not so successful as Clopper's men were alerted to the danger and the entire force made six to eight charges on Porter's brush hidden Confederates. Porter was able to fight off the charges by engaging, vanishing and re-deploying after each round. Two hours passed and Clopper was under the impression that he was greatly out gunned and out numbered. The Feds withdrew and Clopper would face his tactics and decisions for a long time. 

  Eighty three Union men were killed and wounded. Porter's casualties were two dead and five wounded. As stated in his military records, Sampson took a shot to the right hip and suffered partial paralysis. It is unknown if this paralysis was permanent. Sampson would be officially discharged from service in January 1863 at St. Louis due to his wounds and the doctor's opinion of him no longer being fit to serve.  

  An interesting note to this was the variations of names given this battle. Joseph Porter referred to it as the battle of Oak Ridge. The Federals would call it the battle of Pierce Mills (such as stated in Sampson's military files). The locals called it the battle of Vassar Hill. And history books has named it the battle of Memphis, Missouri. 

Other bits of Sampson's military records show him helping in building the blockhouse at Chariton River bridge in June 1862.

  A fantastic site armed with tons of information, detailed maps and pictures, bios and much more can be found here. It's a great place to learn this battle:

http://www.iowaz.info/missouri/vassarhill.htm

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