I recall in college we were discussing Arkansas experiences in the Civil War. There was one rather disturbing story about a famous battle on the Missouri/Arkansas border.
Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke launched a preemptive strike into Missouri on April 26, 1863. Brig. Gen. John McNeil defeated the confederate troops at the battle of Cape Girardeau. Marmaduke retreated back into Arkansas and was pursued relentlessly until Little Rock ultimately fell and was occupied by the Union forces.
Sterling Price (an Ex Gov of Missouri) also led an invasion into Missouri. His story is too complicated to summarize.
That’s the short version of a semester long course.
During one of those battles along the Arkansas/Missouri border an incident occurred after the battle. Men returned the next day to collect and bury the bodies. Instead, they encountered feral hogs feasting on the corpses. The men were so sickened that they shot all the hogs and buried them with the bodies.
I’ve never been a fan of ham ever since. Hogs really are some filthy scavengers.
Does anyone recall this story or other battlefield incidents with feral hogs? I’ve spent a lot of time on google trying to find the specific battlefield. I’ve always wondered if archeologists excavated the battlefield and found the hogs.