Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rebuilding a resting place

by Harper Scott Clark - Telegram Staff Writer
Published May 8, 2008

BELTON - As a breeze stirs through the limbs of trees and rustles around the fallen tombstones and unkempt graves one can almost hear the whispers of ghosts from a long-ago era lingering in the hot air.

Buried here are the veterans of conflicts going back nearly 200 years. They fought in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Creek Indian War, the Texas War of Independence, the Texas frontier wars and the Civil War, referred to by some Southerners as the War Between the States.

Less honorable men also claim this honored ground as their last resting place. Eight men charged in 1874 as horse thieves and one man charged with killing his wife never made it to trial, history tells us. Some 250 masked men on horseback shot them dead in their jail cells. They are buried in unmarked graves.

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