The Historical Society of Quincy & Adams County’s October program will be held this Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2 pm in the History Museum at 332 Maine St.
The Lynching of Thomas Rose, 1865
A presentation by descendant Thomas Rose
At the conclusion of the Civil War in both Missouri and Illinois, bands of farmers and former soldiers rode through the area on both sides of the Mississippi River creating disturbances and rekindling fear.
Thomas Rose of Columbia, Missouri will present an account of the lynching of his ancestor at a time in Adams County’s history when emotions were running high and the painful echoes of the recently ended Civil War were still reverberating off the magnificent bluffs along the Mississippi River. The program will be held on Sunday, October 2, at 2 p.m., in the History Museum at 332 Maine.
Captain Thomas Benton Rose of Lincoln County, Missouri was referred to as a “notorious” bushwhacker by the Provost Marshal for northeast Missouri. At the end of May in 1865, following a gunfight in the river bottoms during which a man named Thomas Trimble was killed, a wounded and dying Tom Rose was captured and jailed in Quincy. Tom was later removed from the jail during the night by an angry mob and taken a few blocks north of the Quincy square where he was hanged. The finger pointing in the aftermath of the mob’s actions played out in the local newspapers for weeks as more details and additional accomplices became known.
Rose, author of a new book on the lynching, has worked for almost 20 years learning more about Tom B. Rose, his family, and what drove Tom and the band of men (and women) to steal, plunder, instill fear, and ultimately kill.
For additional information please contract Rob at the Historical Society at (217) 222-1835.