Just south of Lexington, the Confederate Memorial
State Park in Higginsville, Missouri, is the site of the Confederate Soldiers Home and
Cemetery. The home offered shelter to displaced veterans of the South from the end of the
Civil War until 1950, when the very last rebel soldier residing in the home died.
Visitors can stroll the tranquil grounds and tour the park’s farmhouse, cottage and beautifully-restored
chapel. In the nearby cemetery, the Confederate Memorial Monument stands in tribute to these
veterans who fought for the Lost Cause and the memory of the Old South.
Among these men lies another, more deadly Confederate – William Quantrill. As a leader
of the brutal guerilla warfare group called “Quantrill’s Raiders”, he is most remembered
for his vicious massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, where he and his raiders murdered nearly 200
men and burned much of the town. But only part of Quantrill is actually buried here.
Visit the Confederate Memorial to find out where the rest of his remains lie.