The Star’s Civil War 150 trivia battle is over, and a Jayhawk holds the field and two tickets to the Nov. 26 Border War football game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers at Arrowhead Stadium.
The winner is Kenny Horvatic of Kansas City who got right six of the seven basic questions. No one could answer the tiebreakers. OK, maybe they were a tad difficult.
1. The fictional Rooster Cogburn of “True Grit” lost his eye in the fierce Battle of Lone Jack in southeast Jackson County.
2. During a duel near Little Rock, Ark., Gen. John Sappington Marmaduke put a fatal revolver bullet into Gen. Lucius Walker’s kidney. Marmaduke had asked to be assigned to a different commander, which was correctly interpreted by Walker as a reflection upon his courage. After hitting Walker with his second shot, Marmaduke, always the gentleman, did offer his ambulance.
3. The stone in Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence says guerrilla chief George Todd died Oct. 23, 1864, the date of the Battle of Westport. Actually he was fatally shot in the neck after the Battle of the Little Blue on Oct. 21 and died that night or the next morning.
4. The first area town to be linked by rails to the rest of the world was Weston in 1860, through the Platte Valley line, a spur down from the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. A rail link between Wyandotte and Lawrence was operating by December 1864, but the “Iron Horse” did not reach Kansas City from St. Louis until September 1865.
5. The Westport street named for a Civil War victim is Archibald Street, for Archibald Yoacham, killed at Wilson’s Creek. He was the son of Daniel Yoacham, who operated the first tavern in the frontier hamlet in the 1820s.
6. A long way from Missouri, Henry Hungerford Marmaduke commanded a gun crew on the CSS Virginia, also known as the Merrimack. He was wounded during the famous Hampton Roads battle with the USS Monitor. A younger brother of the general, the lieutenant attended the Naval Academy and is buried at Arlington Cemetery.
7. James O’Neill, a part-time artist for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, a New York-based publication, was killed at Baxter Springs, Kan. He was accompanying Maj. Gen. James Blunt south, riding in the wagon with the band, when their small Federal column was nearly wiped out by William Clarke Quantrill’s guerrillas.
First tiebreaker: Some contestants said the letters WPF on the Parrott gun in Loose Park denote it was made at the West Point Foundry. A good answer, but a Google answer and wrong. No letters are found on the tube of this gun, but you can tell the difference without them. Northern foundries left a sharp front edge on the band of reinforcing iron at the breech. For some reason, the Southern foundries beveled this edge.
Second tiebreaker: The Missourian to serve on both sides of the conflict was Maj. Manning Marius Kimmel, West Point class of 1857. After the battle of Bull Run, the Union officer got leave on the false story that his father was sick in Philadelphia, then went to Louisville, where he wrote his resignation from the U.S. Army. He became an ordnance officer in the Confederate army west of the Mississippi.