Born: August 27, 1840 Died: June 30, 1921
Burial: Pryor Cemetery Place: Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas
Family lore says that somewhere, in the vicinity of Lone Jack, Missouri, Henry Adams lies with no gravestone or marking of any kind. It is said he was killed by "bushwhackers" in 1864 or 65 and was buried on his property. It was never said whether these were Confederate guerrillas or Union Jayhawkers. Henry had a wife named Delilah and five children. One of those children was his son, William Stover Adams. And that's our focus of this post.
William was a member of the 7th Missouri Cavalry, Co. K (Union). He was born on August 27, 1840 in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee and is buried at the Pryor Cemetery, Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas. The 1850 census shows the family living in Lafayette County, Missouri somewhere around Odessa and the 1860 census shows the family moving to the Stony Point region in Sni-A-Bar (pronounced SNIGH-UH-BAR) Township of Jackson County, Missouri. In these two places, the Adams had a few neighbors that have come down the historical pike in terms of Quantrill history. There was Jane Parent and her son, Riley, Hiram J. George, who is known in today's Quantrill history as "Hi" George, and Joshua Owings. But there is one very interesting name that the Adams most likely knew as neighbors in Lafayette County, But we'll get to that in a moment.
Not long after the Civil War started, in July of 1862, William joined the 7th Missouri Cavalry, Co. K (Union) in Kansas City, Missouri. One of his early actions of the war was to be stationed in Kansas City and to hold the fort (not literally) against the band of guerrillas and bushwhackers that were rumored and reported to be within close proximity to the Kansas City and Independence, Missouri areas. That band of guerrillas was, of course, Quantrill's. Company K had run ins and gave pursuit to the guerrillas at different points and was never far from the border hostilities.
Now...about that interesting neighbor... On the same page as the Adams, in the 1850 Lafayette County census, is the name Fickle. And under the Fickle listing is a young girl of eleven years old name Ann. Little Ann was simply a little girl that had no idea of her legacy and history that was yet to unfold in the 1860's. She would become one of the most intriguing names in Quantrill history. For it was Ann that made and delivered to Quantrill the famously debated and contested black flag with red letters, Q U A N T R E L L! I could not write a better article about Ann and her legacy than Paul Petersen, so I will refer you to his pieces on her at quantrillsguerrillas.com. Here are the links for "The Legend of Ann E. Fickle & Quantrill's Black Flag" as well as "Ann Fickle - Southern Heroine":