Canoeists find potential Civil War skeleton while out paddling

Friday, 01 August 2008
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So, imagine you and your friends decide to go out for a paddle. You decide to go to the small creek near your house for an afternoon of floating and giggling (or gossiping).

If somebody were to ask you what you hope to find while out paddling, I would be $3 that you wouldn't say, "a human skeleton in the water".

Well, that is what happened to a group of people floating down the Warm Fork River in Oregon County recently...
So, imagine you and your friends decide to go out for a paddle. You decide to go to the small creek near your house for an afternoon of floating and giggling (or gossiping).

If somebody were to ask you what you hope to find while out paddling, I would be $3 that you wouldn't say, "a human skeleton in the water".

Well, that is what happened to a group of people floating down the Warm Fork River in Oregon County recently.

The cool part about the discovery is that the person may have died close to 150 years ago during the civil war.

"Nobody that we talk to really knows if there was an old family cemetery here.  We've got some reports of some possibly civil war skirmish in this area and, of course, we know the Civil War, Confederate and Union soldiers were in and out of here all the time, down around Mammoth Springs. For anything definite, know we don't." says Thayer Police Chief David Bailey.

"The skull was facing in the westward direction and the spinal cord was horizontal and about half of each was revealed and the rest of it was still buried in the bank." explains Bailey.

Investigators say flooding in the area washed away part of the river bank, revealing the bones under the surface.

A musket ball, used during the Civil War era, was also found near the remains.

I love a good mystery.

More info: ozarksfirst.com
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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