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Brothers on opposite sides in Civil War

A memorial for Samuel Martin McAnally was held last Thursday November 17, 2005. His great-granddaughter and his posterity provided the information for this article.

McAnally was born February 6, 1837 in Bedford County, Tennessee, a son of William and Jane Ray McAnally.

Before the war Samuel McAnally studied medicine under the direction of Dr. Barksdale of Shelbyville, Tennessee for a period of three years.

On March 13, 1865 Samuel McAnally enlisted in the Union Army at Springfield, Illinois as a private in Company I, 6th Regiment Illinois Calvary. According to his pension records, private Samuel McAnally served as a scout under General Logan. He participated in the engagements at Franklin, Tennessee; Selma, Alabama; Meridian, Mississippi, and a number of skirmishes. He was mustered out November 5, 1865 at Selma, Alabama. His brother John W. McAnally was a Confederate Soldier from Tennessee. This is one of the many instances of brother fighting against brother during the Civil War.

In March of 1867, Samuel located in Kennett, Dunklin County, Missouri and began the practice of medicine in partnership with Dr. J.W. McAnally, a cousin of the family. It was in Kennett Samuel met and married Melissa M. Thompson, a daughter of Judge Anderson P. Thompson. They were the parents of nine children, three of whom died in early childhood. His wife, Melissa, died February 21, 1891.

In 1898, Dr. McAnally was married to Miss Isophena Cruse of Jonesboro, Illinois. They were the parents of a son and a daughter.

For a period of time during the 1870’s, Dr. McAnally practiced medicine at Fredericktown and Cornwall and served as a doctor for the railroad. He later owned and operated a drugstore in Marble Hill for several years.

Samuel McAnally died June 18, 1913 at Fredericktown and was buried in the Christian Cemetery. There was no marker at his grave at that time. A gravestone was furnished by the Memorial Programs Service, Department of Veteran’s Affairs and placed in June, 2005 at a special area of the cemetery provided with the help of Darwin England and the Christian Cemetery Association. Cement work was done by Wilson Funeral Home of Fredericktown.

Representing the family at the memorial service were Samuel M. McAnally’s great-grandchildren Jane Reilly Purcell and her husband Jim and John W. Reilly and his wife Judy. Fredericktown Mayor Danny Kemp attended the ceremony as well.

The Missouri Military Honors Team provided military honors including a rifle salute to private Samuel Martin McAnally.

the dignity and honor they deserve. Missouri’s Governor, state legislature, and veterans’ organizations felt this was so important that each was willing to stand and be counted. Missouri is indeed proud and honored to begin this program for all veterans of this Great State.

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