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A Civil War Murder

Location: Main Street/SR 63 & North Street, east side of highway, north edge of Fairbanks. (Sullivan County, Indiana)

Erected 1992 Indiana Historical Bureau and Sullivan County Historical Society

ID# : 77.1992.1

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Numerous violent conflicts erupted in Sullivan County during the Civil War over differing war sentiments. On July 14, 1864, anti-war Democrat John Drake was fatally shot at a community picnic near here. The Union soldier who shot Drake was apparently never prosecuted.

Keywords

Military, Politics