Barely more than a skirmish, the site of the Battle of Monday's Hollow lies quietly in the undulating hills and farmland near Richland.
To remember both the hard times and the good is perhaps the best learning experience, and a small part of our country’s conflicted heritage lies in Camden County at a Civil War battlefield.
Barely more than a skirmish, the site of the Battle of Monday’s Hollow lies quietly in the undulating hills and farmland near Richland, but it represents the local impacts of a divided nation.
The site is now finally being recognized by the State of Missouri 157 years after the battle took place. A new state historical marker is being at Beulah Church on S. Highway 7, between Stoutland and Richland, in remembrance of the battle and those who fought and died there.
A dedication of the marker will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018. October 13 was the actual date of the battle in 1861.
While a mass grave from the battle still exists on a farm east of Stoutland on Route H, it is located private property which is why the marker is being set at nearby Beulah Church, perhaps a fitting site in its own way.
It should be noted that a monument was placed by the mass burial in 2010 by the Sons of the Confederacy. The new plaque at Beulah will serve more as an educational tool for the public.
This small battle represented the brother-against-brother and neighbor-against-neighbor trauma of the war in Missouri. Sixty-two Confederates and one federal soldier were killed while another 3 Confederates were captured.
According to historical accounts, a supply train coming from Rolla to support Union troops in Linn Creek and Tuscumbia was attacked by a small band of Confederate troops on an old wagon road located somewhere off of what is today Route 7.
The skirmish helped set the scene for the actual battle which took place along the Wet Auglaize in the area known as Shanghai or Henrytown, but also as Monday’s Hollow after the pioneer family of Monday who homesteaded the land. This name would be the one that stuck with the name of the battle.
While the Confederate foray drew off part of the cavalry, it got the federal troops’ wind up, and they sent for reinforcements.
According to the Camden County Historical Society, the real battle came as federal troops came suddenly upon a rebel outpost. Capturing the guard, the federal soldiers compelled information from him. It was revealed that a Confederate force was lying in wait nearby in hopes of ambushing the Union troops.
Just like that, the fates reversed.
Union troops turned the tables and successfully ambushed the Confederate soldiers.