Missouri, the Compromise State, was overrun with vigilante justice during and after the period of Civil War. Whether sympathies lay with the Union or Rebel causes, no one was safe from becoming the victim of mob rule. Sam Hildebrand, great-great-grandson of Jefferson County's original pioneer became the target of the Big River Vigilance Committee of St. Francois County. His ability to exact revenge on those he considered to be enemies against his family, and his uncanny talent of evading capture, earned him legendary status in southeastern Missouri. Was he captured and killed in 1872, or was he able to once again elude authorities?
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