Former Bushwhackers Capture Lexington

Tuesday, November 6, 1866

Charcoal portrait of Archie Clement, by A.L. Dillenbeck. Courtesy of the Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library.

One hundred Missouri bushwhackers-turned-bank robbers, led by guerrilla Archie Clement, occupy Lexington in opposition to Radical Republican actions against Missouri secessionists. Clement is killed in a gunfight with state militia at a Lexington bar. The wounded Clement dies while purportedly trying to cock his gun with his teeth. 


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