One of the pleasures of creating this blog is connecting a face with the names published in the Eagle and the Journal. There have been several times that descendants have sent images of soldiers from the 78th Illinois Infantry to share with the readers of The Eagle and the Journal. Today, I have something special to share in that same vein.
In the May 27th and June 2nd editions of the papers, a series of robberies near Quincy, Illinois, occurred, attributed to a group of “bushwhackers.” I was contacted several weeks ago by a Thomas Rose, a descendant of the Tom Rose listed as the leader of the criminal gang, and victim of a Quincy lynch mob. With his permission, today’s post gives us the face of Tom Rose, and a better understanding of his story and unfortunate demise. I’d like to thank Thomas for contacting me and granting his permission to share his research.