150th Commemoration of the
Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas 1862
It has been 150 years since our ancestor, David Miller Leffel was hanged by a confederate mob in October of 1862. In what some call "one of the worst atrocities of the Civil War," at least 40 men, suspected of Union sympathies, were hanged by confederates in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas during the month of October 1862. David's family was left fatherless, defenseless and grieving on the Texas frontier during the Civil War. David Leffel was the grandpa of our grandma, Mabel Leffel Baldwin.
Below is the information for the 2012 Sesquicentennial Great Hanging Event:
Remembering Our Past, Embracing Our Future
October 1862 - 2012
This year marks the 150th year since the Great Hanging at Gainesville. The Clark Family invites you to join them for commemoration events and catered luncheon.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Civic Center
200 S. Rusk St, Gainesville, Texas
9am – 12noon Speakers: Richard McCaslin, Leon Russell, Ron Melugin and L.D. Clark
12noon Catered Luncheon
3:30pm Clark Cemetery: Color Guard Ceremony
5pm Clark-Carri Farm: 629 Clark Rd Gainesville -- Hor d’ oeuvres & Bonfire
RSVP - before October 5, 2012
For additional info about the Great Hanging, go to: Gainesville, Texas 1862 Blog