The following is Doris Ruth Moore Birdsong Artrip's compilation of Shadrick Inman's history from family stories and research:
My Grandmother Lucy Vashti Inman told me "THE SADDEST DAY WAS WHEN MY FATHER DIED" Noise of the leaves being crushed by the wagon and horses as they went to the graveyard with the body of Vashti's father Shadrick was one my grandmother talked about until she died. SHE NEVER LIKE THE FALL OF THE YEAR AFTER HER FATHER DIED. She died on Sept. 27, 1956, just before the leaves began to FALL.
Shadrick Inman enrolled in the Union Army of the Civil War on February 26, 1862 in Company G 12MO 5M Calvary. And was mustered out March 28, 1865.
At the age of 25 Shadrick stood five feet seven inches tall, of light complexion, dark eyes and light hair. He was a farmer and his place of residence was Rombauer, MO.
As a private in the Civil War Volunteers, he enrolled 26 February 1862 at Greenville, MO. He was 25 years old and unmarried. Back in the early 1950s when I first talked with my grandmother (Vashti Inman) she told me a civil war story I'll never forget.
"Toward the end of the war Shadrick lost his brother (Edmond) of pneumonia (January 2, 1864) on the bloody battlefield of the Civil War in Kentucky.
"Shadrick was sick in the hospital during January and February 1865 near Rolla, MO. He was mustered out March 28, 1865.
"On his way home, on horseback, to Rombauer, MO, while still wearing his Union uniform, he encountered Confederate soldiers somewhere in Wayne County (about 30 miles from his home). The group of Confederates chased him on horseback while bullets flew past him, but never hitting him or his horse, all the way home to his barn.
"His horse, though exhausted, never made a sound while Confederate soldiers watched and waited for him to leave the barn. He laid low. In the dark of night he made it quietly inside to his waiting family."
After the war he was well known in Butler County in Deem's History of Butler County Missouri as having belonged to the POST G.A.R. at Poplar Bluff. (G.A.R. probably stands for Gentlemen of the American Revolution).
After the Civil War he married Amy Williams Edington who had three children and had lost her husband who was a confederate Soldier in the Civil War. Then they had six children. Four girls who lived. And then in February 1880 Amy died of 'stomach congestion'.
In September 1880 he married Jane Meadors in Butler County, a very recent widow, with several children. Her children were a little older than Vashti. Shadrick and Jane had a son, James Andrew, born March 9, 1885. Jane Meadows Inman became Vashti's WICKED STEPMOTHER (see Lucy Vashti Inman's notes).
At age 70 he received a pension of $30 per month for his Civil War service.
He lived to be 78 years old. To all his friends he was known as Shade.