Though the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Albany is in 2014,
it’s not too early to start planning for activities to commemorate
That was the message Robbie Maupin put forth during the Annual
Meeting of the Ray County Historical Society in January 2012. The
Historical Society and Maupin are now working together to make the
event a reality and would like to get other interested county residents
involved in the idea.
Volunteers will be needed to help with fundraising, concessions, ac-
tivities, marketing, parking, and management.
Maupin is passionate about Civil War history and was instrumental in
organizing and planning the Battle of Lexington reenactment this past
fall and he felt the time had come for Ray County to reenact one of the
principal battles that took place locally.
Maupin is joining forces with the Ray County Historical Society to
stage the Battle of Albany on its 150th Anniversary in October 2014.
Several other 150th anniversary special events will also be planned,
including a formal dedication of a State Historic Marker at the gravesites
on the Murrell Thomas property north of Orrick.
“There’s a ton of people out there, not just locally, that will be extremely
excited to hear that finally someone is going to recreate
this battle and recognize Bloody Bill Anderson, his men, and the
Federal Troops who were able to finally bring an end to Bloody
Bill. It’s a time to celebrate their victory and to honor the men
who fell on that field.
“To be able to do that for the first time in 150 years, I’m very
excited to attempt.”
Maupin has an extensive background in Civil War reenacting
and has been involved in it for 15 years, taking part in most na-
tional events and in some movies.
He’s been involved with productions by “Wide-Awake Films”,
KCPT television, the History Channel, and National Geographic.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in all aspects of it —
infantry, civilian, cavalry, heavy artillery — on both sides. “I’ve
fought Union and I’ve fought Southern.
“Most of us had family members who fought on both sides.
It’s our duty to honor those people who fought in that war.”
Being a Civil War re-enactor has changed the way Maupin
feels about history and his family.
“My mother’s been instrumental in opening my eyes to my family history,
which goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
“It’s an honor for me to be a part of recreating these events and this history so we don’t
forget where we’ve come from and the people
who were instrumental in creating the country we live in today.
What we hope to do is give Ray County,
the community of Richmond, and the area of
Orrick something to celebrate during the
50th Anniversary of the Civil War.
The two-day reenactment would also recreate larger battles
with cannons and charging cavalry.
He mainly wants Ray County residents to
recognize what occurred at the Battle of Albany and
believes that recognition is long
“This really wasn’t a big battle,” Maupin
said. “It wasn’t like the battle of Lexington.
It was a small skirmish.
But what happened there is due recognition and the men who fought there, the men
ho died there, the circumstance that happened there.
It’s way over due to bring attention to this event and this area.
He didn’t think we should miss the oppor-
unity to recognize the death of Bloody Bill
“Be it good or be it bad, some people look
at this man and the men who rode with him
is nothing more than a marauding band of
murderers and thieves and pillagers. But they
weren’t. They were men. Young men mostly.
Anderson was 25 years old.
Three of Maupin’s relatives rode with
Anderson when they were 17 or 18 years old.
They were young men. They were caught
up in a war that changed their lives and they
fought for the ideals and beliefs that they
thought were right.
It is not our place to judge those people who
fought on either side. It is our place, if we’re
going to recreate these events, to do it as fairly
and accurately as possible.
In the Battle of Albany, Bloody Bill Ander-
on and his men were on that spot of land
and they did what they normally do. They
mounted their horses and they charged head-
long into the enemy. That’s what they were
known for. That’s how they fought.
The outcome of that day wasn’t what they
Maupin said organizers will have to find a
location that will accommodate everybody —
the re-enactors, the settlers, the vendors, and
the spectators and have the room and all the
amenities to do it.
He would like to see a four-battle weekend
with two generic battles with one on Satur-
day and one on Sunday.
In and of itself, the Battle of Albany would
be too short-lived to draw very many re-en-
He said more re-enactors would get in-
volved “if you give all these guys a chance to
come for a full weekend of activities” with
two generic full-scale battles with all the ar-
tillery, the entire cavalry, and all the infantry.
At a certain time after a generic battle, re-
enactors would re-create the Battle of Albany
and the death of Bloody Bill Anderson.
Along with the battles, he hopes the event
will include a Civil War ball, the unveiling
and dedication of a state highway marker, a
parade, and tours of the Ray County Museum
and the cemeteries where Capt. Anderson and
Bob Ford are buried.
A weekend event would also provide the
opportunity to recreate the graveside funeral
service for Bloody Bill Anderson, which oc-
curred nearly 42 years after his death when
Cole Younger brought his Wild West Show
“All these things are things you could draw
as you plan and get ready for this event,” he
He would also like to include a formal
dedication of the monument to the Parti-
san Rangers located on the Murrell Tho-
mas property north of Orrick. While this
area could not accommodate a large assem-
blage, family members, city, county and
state officials, and re-enactors would be
invited to participate in the dedication.
Maupin envisions a select group of
mounted riders positioned nearly out of
sight in the wooded area around the graves.
When the service ended, the riders would
Maupin has already started working with
the Missouri Department of Natural Re-
sources to get a State Historic Marker
placed at the site.
He said it takes a lot of planning, fund-
ing and volunteers to produce an event of
Organizers will have to take care of both
spectators and re-enactors.
“You have to let them know they are in-
volved in something very special and we
are very thankful for them to be here.
I am hoping if we can do this event in
Ray County, it will be a phenomenal expe-
rience and everybody will be proud to be
involved in it.