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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:36 AM

Solving a Civil War murder mystery

Bob Schmidt will have a book-signing for his latest book, “Civil War Mysteries Solved: Murder of William Pickles and Prairie du Rocher Raid.”

In this book, Schmidt, a historian from French Village who has written several books on the area’s Civil War history, tries to straighten out some of the misinformation out there about the murder of William Pickles.

The book signing will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Bauhaus Kaffee in Farmington. The book is a continuation of Schmidt’s “Civil War Justice in Southeast Missouri” in 2010. This new book was published in June and is available through him for $25. For more information, call him at 573-358-7946.

He said the murder had more than a dozen witnesses but few discussed it and no one wrote of it.

“As a result, misinformation, theory and myth have taken the place of fact,” he said. “It is these facts, all from wartime sources, that are told in the book.”


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