This first part of the narrative was very exciting when I first read it because I believed that the Thomas Long mentioned was my ancestor. I wrote to one of Samuel's descendants, we compared family names, photos and were pretty sure we were related. DNA last summer confirmed our suspicions.
As it turns out, Samuel Long has a very interesting story which begins with this part of the narrative---his mother came to Missouri with two slaves and he bought more slaves from his wife's family to total 14. (Double click on the narrative to read it in a larger font) While Samuel was a slave owner, his home was not exactly what we think of as a Southern plantation.
Missouri was a "Border State". Click here for more information. Officially, we were a "Slave State" but we had many Union soldiers especially in the areas with large German emigrant populations which we had in St. Louis and Jefferson Counties. Samuel lived just across the border from Jefferson County. My great-uncle Fred Long recalled from both of his grandparents :
Grandfather and Grandmother Long (Milton) were living at the Stone House when the war came on.Fred was unaware that his grandfather Milton's Uncle Samuel was killed not too far away. The article below written about Samuel Long's death was in the Missouri Republican newspaper 27 June 1862.
Each place [his other grandparent's house---the white frame one down the road] was twice raided and the occupants terrorized and robbed of everything they had except for the clothing they wore.
No one at either the Wiley or Long homes was seriously injured but a man living in a cabin near the Stone House was killed because he refused to join the conflict. His name was Wall, and he was the grandfather of the late Frank Wall of De Soto
My father [Thomas H. Long] at this time was only 10 years of age, often in later life spoke of those dark days."
Double click to read this story about German Union soldiers and their encounter with Samuel Long, a Southerner.