The Second Missouri Division, US Army was formed on this date. Their famous Taney County song, Houn’Dawg, told of a loyal and protective hound. The song continued with the group and by World War I they were all known as The Houn’Dawgs. The Missouri Army National Guard 203rd Engineer Battalion currently continues to carry on that nickname.

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.