The Confederate Memorial was dedicated October 2008 to the men who died in the Union Jayhawker Initiative, the burning of Osceola, September 23, 1861. The memorial is on the site where these men were likely buried after being executed.
Many years before the official "Civil War" that was recognized and waged in the east, Jayhawker bands waged numerous invasions into Missouri and also committed some of the most notorious atrocities of the Civil War. These atrocities escalated into the Lane-led massacre at Osceola, Missouri, in which the entire town was set aflame and at least 9 of the male residents killed.
This largely ignored attack waged violence, murder and destruction upon the town of Osceola that lasted two days. All but three structures were burned and nine citizens were executed on the town square.
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