JB King/the tilley treasure/justice
My father was a WWII and Korea veteran who retired from the U. S. Army after 22 years of service. Dad settled our family in Salem, Missouri, and as a result I am a 1965 graduate of Salem Senior High School. I attended the School of the Ozarks at Pt. Lookout, Missouri and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in August of 1969. I entered the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy immediately after college on Sept. 16, 1969. Upon graduation from the MSHP Academy I was assigned to the Waynesville/Ft Wood Zone of Troop I in December of 1969. Pulaski County has been my home since then. My career with the Patrol resulted in many commendations and I am one of a very small group of Troopers who have been awarded the Medal of Valor by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. I retired as the local zone sergeant in June of 2001. Shortly after retiring I became a reserve officer for the Waynesville City Police.
In 2004, I ran for the elected office of Sheriff of Pulaski County. I won the first race and I was reelected for a second four year term in 2008. The eight years I spent as Sheriff of Pulaski County presented me with more challenges and difficulty then I had ever faced before. I retired as Sheriff on 12-31-2012. The following week I became a deputy serving under our new sheriff. I am currently assigned to the detective division as a reserve officer who specializes in cases of financial exploitation against older adults. In 2017, I will start my 47th year in active law enforcement.
I am married to the former Cheryl Ann Moore of Dixon, Missouri and I have one son Taylor. I am a life member of the NRA and a past president of the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation. I have written two books about the American Civil War in Missouri. These books are; “The Tilley Treasure”, and “Justice”. The civil war in Missouri was vastly different from the civil war that was fought in the southern and eastern states. Both books present the reader with a unique look at how the civil war affected the border state of Missouri as citizens struggled to live in a war torn region. At present I am working on several more books based on history and my law enforcement career.
the tilley treasure:
The Tilley Treasure is a very unique book on the American Civil War in Missouri. It starts out with the 1962 accidental discovery of a buried treasure; many thousands of pure silver coins, mostly half dollars that were uncovered on a section of the U. S. Army base at Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri. It traces the life of Wilson Tilley the man who buried the coins in 1864, and his unsolved murder which occurred before he told his family where the money was buried. Tilley was a southern loyalist who lived with his family in the shadow of a Union Army fort and was regarded as disloyal by the Union officers at Fort Waynesville.
The book traces the life of his son Wilson Leroy Tilley who was an ex-confederate soldier who returned home after his discharge from the rebel army only to be arrested by Union forces and forced to take an oath of allegiance to the United States and to post a cash bond to guarantee his good behavior. The book follows Leroy Tilley, after he posted his good behavior bond, as he waged war as a “guerilla marauder” upon the union army in Missouri.
The book extensively covers the 1864 arrest and 1865 conviction of Leroy Tilley on a charge of violating the oath of allegiance and being a guerilla marauder. It follows the military tribunal that convicted his traveling companion at the time of his arrest; Miss Emily Weaver, who was a confederate spy at the age of seventeen. Miss Weaver was sentenced to death by hanging.
The Tilley Treasure also presents a lot of material on the civil war in Missouri. A war that was vastly different from the civil war that was fought in the east and south. You will read an extensive report on the illegal massacre of rebel prisoners by the Union Army garrison at Fort Waynesville. You will read about the constant guerilla warfare; stagecoach holdups, the struggle by Union Army officers to keep supply wagons rolling despite rebel cavalry raids into Missouri and a host of other civil war action. The volumes of the Official Record of the Rebellion list Missouri as the state with the third highest total of battles and skirmishes fought within its boundary lines. The OR records 1,162 such fights in Missouri. Only Virginia and Tennessee ranked higher.
During the American Civil War the Union Army executed at least 267 of its own men. Justice is a new civil war book by JB King that examines the conduct and operations of the Union Army during the court-martials and military tribunals of the war. You will read the reasons behind the military tribunals and the established written policy that Union Army officers serving as a judge during these trials were expected to follow.
The first chapters of the book set up the why, the how and the procedure for these trials. Then you move to seven selected cases ranging from a violation of the oath of allegiance to the theft of a cavalry mount to murder. In fact there are several murder cases and one accused rebel spy case in the book. In each of these cases you will read detailed question and answers from the trial transcript. You will examine the supporting documents for each case. Two of the cases featured ended with the firing squad execution of a Union soldier. You will also read about several other cases were the trial board of Union Army officers actually found the southern sympathizing defendant not guilty.
In six of the featured cases the appeal of the guilty verdict moved upward through the military chain of command and ultimately stopped at the desk of the Commander in Chief, President Abraham Lincoln. Read the reviews and the decision of President Lincoln and examine the documents that he personally signed to give the defendant their final answer, often a choice between life or death.