Thomas R. Livingston Collection


Thomas R. Livingston

The Thomas R. Livingston Collection consists of three civil law suits related to the estate of the notorious Confederate soldier. These suits include depositions from several of Livingston’s friends and family members. Livingston and his band of Confederates conducted raids throughout the Ozarks to contest the Union’s control of the region. Livingston was known for committing acts of arson, murder, robbery, and disrupting Union supply lines. His ruthless tactics outraged Union officials and civilians. Before the War, Livingston had been a successful and prominent business man. He owned a general store, hotel, saloon, real estate in three counties, and actively traded livestock. His assets were sought as restitution for his actions.

Livingston’s notoriety made him a prime target for Union men. Several of the collections within Community & Conflict discuss Livingston and his men. Researchers are encouraged to search all of the collections for their connection to Livingston.

Contributed by the Jasper County Records Center

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