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Legend of the Avilla death tree (true story) during the Civil War, a Confederate bushwacker was killed during fighting at the southern edge of Avilla, Missouri. When he was found months later half covered in fallen leaves and snow, his rotted skull had a large bullet hole and his body had deteriorated to a putrid skeleton.Instead of burial, the town citizen militia hung the head from a tree as a warning to other enemies, near an old road leading past an apple Orchard into Avilla. The gastly tree became know as the ''death tree'' and the skull hung for over a year from a tree limb for all to see.The tree is said to have stopped producing fruit and large numbers of black crows made it their constant perch. The skull and corpse mysteriously disappeared at the end of the war, and as far as anyone knows the body was never buried (no one knows what happened to the skeleton).(legend) since that time a restless, headless phantom has been seen by locals over the past 150 years roaming the fields surrounding, and sometimes in Avilla after dark, and he seems most active on cool autumn nights (he was killed in the fall, and some believe it was on all hallow's eve, but no one knows the date for certain).The ghost has always been described as a lurking, headless shadowy figure in a long duster and an antique firearm slung on his back. The phantom bushwacker sometimes stands and searches with outstretched hands but generally tries to avoid detection by crawling or lying low to the ground, and he has also been seen carrying objects in his skeletal hands.My friends and I nicknamed him ''rotten johnny reb'' when I was growing up in Avilla and I have glimpsed this apparition twice. My friends and I managed to shine a strong flashlight on him one time and the beam went through like he was transparent, before we ran away frantically (he strikes fear in everyone who views him).It has been rumored that if you can find that very old apple tree, under certain light conditions you can see the object of the phantom's relentless search (and possibly send him back to the other side).The tree was reportedly at the edge of an apple Orchard but I have heard that the actual death tree was a ''hedgeapple tree'' (osage orange, which was used as ''fences'' at that time) and not really an apple tree, and some very old ones do exist on the roads leading to town. .
approximately 2007.
Submitted by Tom

Comment by Dave: Avilla was a Confederate town (kinda still is) why would a Confederate town hang a Confederate soldier to warn off other Confederate soldiers?


Comment by Usedtolivethere: Avilla was a Union-sympathizing town despite the area being very Confederate. That is why they hung up the corpse of ''rotten Johnny Reb''.
2024 May 17.

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