Private Martin Van Buren McQuigg, a Confederate soldier killed at Wilson’s Creek, finally has a marker on his likely burial spot.
We will never know why Martin Van Buren McQuigg chose to join the Confederate army and not the Union army.
But as of Saturday, finally, a marker was put in place to indicate where he is likely buried. He was mortally wounded during the battle of Wilson’s Creek on Aug. 10, 1861.
I was one of 40 people at the small, rolling Brick Church Cemetery, between Springfield and Willard, for the ceremony.
More than likely, McQuigg made his choice based on where he lived, which was Greene County, says Travis Archie, the 26-year-old Commander of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
McQuigg lived at a time when few Americans ventured more than 20 miles from hearth and home. Back then, your “country” in large part was where you lived. And the governor of Missouri was calling for men to fight for the Confederacy.
This we do know about McQuigg, thanks to Archie, of Bois D’arc:
McQuigg was born in Tennessee in 1838. His parents died within 13 months of each when he was 7. As a result, he and nine siblings — orphans —moved to Missouri to live with an aunt named Margaret White. She resided outside Willard, next to the Brick Church Cemetery.