Driving back from a visit to western MO this past weekend, I stopped and visited a little cemetery that I must have passed a hundred times. St. John's cemetery is located a couple of hundred yards north of the service road along I-70 around mile marker 62, just west of the little town of Emma, MO. The little town of Emma didn't come into existence until after the CW, but the surrounding area began to be settled in the 1830's by a large group of German immigrants. During the war, theses immigrants were pro-Union, and had been the target of previous guerrillia raids, but in October of 1864, they were decimated as they fought to defend their homes from Missouri's most notorious guerrillias. Around 100 guerrillias, led by David Poole and George Todd, killed over 25 of the Germans. Eight of those killed are buried in this cemetery.
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