From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline.
Those of you familiar with the “Bloody Vendetta” of the late 1800’s in southern Illinois will be interested in my latest discovery. I have located the grave of one of the principal characters, Capt. George W. Sisney. He was a captain in the 81st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Co. G during the Civil War and elected Sheriff in 1866.
The “Bloody Vendetta” started in 1862 in a disagreement between John Sisney and Marshall Crain. In 1869 there was a fight between Samuel Brethers, George W. Sisney and David Bulliner over a bunch of oats. In 1872 there was further trouble when Thomas Russell and John Bullinger started dating the same woman, Sarah Stocks. On Christmas Day in 1872 there was a riot in Carterville that involved the Sisneys and Crains. On March 27, 1874, George and David Bullinger are killed in a shooting at church. On May 15, 1874, the Bullingers are involved in killing James Henderson. On July 28, 1875, George W. Sisney is shot and killed in his home by Marshall Crain.
George W. Sisney’s home was located on the northeast corner of the square in Carbondale. The house extended eastward and faced south. On the night of July 28, 1875, George W. Sisney was sitting near a window on the south side of the house playing dominoes with one of his friends. An assassin was lurking on the porch in his sock feet and shot through the window. Sisney was struck by the shot under his left nipple leaving a hole about 2 inches in diameter. As he was shot, Sisney cried out “Oh, Lord, I am shot! Lord, have mercy on me!” Sisney remained seated upright in his chair for one and a half hours after he was shot dead. He was buried with full Masonic honors.
My wife and I located Capt. George W. Sisney’s grave in a small unnamed cemetery on the south side of Old Route 13 about .2 miles from Division Street in the Crab Orchard Refuge. While walking through the cemetery just south of Sisney’s grave, we both smelled an extremely strong scent of lilacs and hyacinths. We looked everywhere, but could not find any flowers in the entire graveyard. The cemetery is extremely quiet and peaceful. We will be returning soon to conduct some EVP experiments and to take EMF and other readings. George W. Sisney was a captain in the Civil War and a Mason; perhaps I can give his spirit a direct order to respond to our experiments since I am a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and a 32nd degree Mason.
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