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Sheriff Joseph Bailey

Vernon County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, March 26, 1867

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Reflections for Sheriff Joseph Bailey

Two of the suspects had been part of Quantrill Raiders in the Civil war from which the James-Younger gang also orginiated and related ODMP deaths:

t. fazzini

October 6, 2017

I stumbled across your letters while an intern at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and was instantly hooked, whether you were writing to "The Devil," (your lawyer and best friend), or to your wife. I like retelling your life's story, whether your saving an army, as DeGeorge notes below, using a technique that had created the city of Wisconsin Dells at the cost of two lives, or your friend's letters describing the beauties of Missouri, your future home. It's a shame that you should die such a needless death, at the hands of bushwhackers, but fitting that you should have died for your country. You will not be forgotten.

Kevin Axe
Private citizen

March 16, 2015

Sheriff Bailey, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

March 26, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 142nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. You were obviously a man of intellect, creativity, and bravery.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 26, 2009



February 26, 2008

RIP Brother and Thank You for your dedicated service.

SFC D. Donald
US Army MP Corps

December 26, 2005


Rest assured that both of your stories -- those from law enforcement and from the Civil War continue to be told, often by volunteers who tell the stories because it is the right thing to do.

According to the reference book Joseph Bailey studied civil engineering before the Civil War. During a Union retreat to Alexandria on the Red River following a repulse at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, it was discovered that 37 naval vessels could not pass over shoals. Despite opposition from most of the professional engineers in both services, then Colonel Bailey received permission to construct wing dams on both sides of the river to raise the water level. The effort of 3,000 men pushed the fleet through a 66-foot spillway on May 12, 1864.

This earned Colonel Bailey a brevet (battlefield commission)as brigadier general. He later was promoted to full brigadier general of volunteers and received a brevet as major general.

Gail DeGeorge
private citizen

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