Every year, for five generations, a direct descendant of General Richard Gentry has paid public homage or published an ode to this distinguished ancestor. A founder of Boone County, Missouri, and of Columbia, its first mayor and postmaster, state senator in the first legislature in Jefferson City, Santa Fe trader, major general in the Black Hawk War of 1832, and leader of the Missouri Volunteers in the Battle of Okeechobee in Florida’s Seminole Indian War of 1837, he demonstrated a high-risk profile on the Missouri frontier.
Image at left: Scene from the reenactment of the Battle of Okeechobee in the Seminole Indian War of 1837. Photo by Suzanne Stolar.
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