Civil War orator gives area history, name.
by Larry Archer
By November, copperheads this far north in Missouri are scarce, but at Rebel’s Cove Conservation Area (CA), signs of the area’s most famous Copperhead abound.
Located on 4,225 acres in Putnam and Schuyler counties, the area was once the home of Civil War minister, orator, and politician Henry Clay Dean. A vocal critic of President Abraham Lincoln, Dean was labeled a Copperhead, a term used for northern Democrats opposed to the war.
The area’s name is drawn from references in Dean’s writings, according to Wildlife Management Biologist Ryan Jones, Rebel’s Cove CA manager.
“About 200 acres of the area was his original homestead,” Jones said. “He’s buried on-site. One of his famous speeches or one of his publications made a reference to Rebel’s Cove. That’s where the name came from.”
If not looking for copperheads of either variety, one still has the opportunity to see any number of migrating waterfowl taking advantage of the wetlands created by the Chariton River, he said.
“We have about 200 acres of man-made wetlands and then another 80 acres of seasonal wetlands along the river,” Jones said. “They’re not intensively managed. They’re all passive catch. If it rains, we’ve got water.”
“It’s the longest stretch of the Chariton River that’s not channelized. We try to protect and enhance the natural communities that go with that, which are mainly wetlands and forests.”
—Rebel’s Cove CA Manager, Ryan Jones
Rebel’s Cove Conservation Area consists of 4,225 acres in Putnam and Schuyler counties. From Livonia, take Route N north 4.6 miles.
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