December 22, 1814: John Smith Phelps was born. He was a Springfield attorney, State Representative, and Congressman who rose from the rank of private to Colonel in the Civil War. When General Lyon was killed at Wilson’s Creek, his body was hidden in Mrs. Phelps’ rose garden. Phelps had three horses shot out from under him, but he survived to eventually become the Governor of Missouri.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.