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Guide to Missouri Confederate Units, 1861–1865

James E. McGhee

Publication Year: 2008

“A most useful guide to a subject that has long been neglected, and McGhee deserves high marks for the tremendous amount of research that obviously was required.” —Journal of America’s Military Past “Deeply researched, skillfully compiled and deftly organized, and remarkably complete . . . authoritative.” —Civil War Books and Authors “This well organized and authoritative reference work reflects years of painstaking research, verification of details, and extremely careful editing.” —T. Michael Parrish, Baylor University

Published by: University of Arkansas Press


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pp. vii


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pp. viii

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pp. ix-x

The Civil War in the West has a single goal: to promote historical writing about the war in the western states and territories. It focuses most particularly on the Trans-Mississippi theater, which consisted of Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, most of Louisiana (west of the Mississippi River), Indian...

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pp. xi-xii

No one undertakes a project of this magnitude without the assistance of others. Certainly I did not, for many individuals helped bring this history of the Missouri Confederate units to fruition. Danny Odom, Southaven, Mississippi, who has...

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pp. xiii-xvi

Tracing the origins and history of Missouri Confederate military units that served during the American Civil War is nearly as difficult as comprehending the divisive politics that produced them. Deeply torn by the issues that caused the conflict, some Missourians chose sides with...

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I. Artillery

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pp. 1-45

This battery organized near Van Buren, Arkansas, about September 7, 1862, under the command of Captain Westley F. Roberts. In October the battery acquired two 12-pounder James rifles captured from the enemy at Lone Jack, Missouri, the previous August, and two bronze...

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II. Cavalry Units (Photo plates follow)

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pp. 47-175

This regiment initially organized December 30, 1861, and formally mustered into Confederate service January 16, 1862, at Springfield, Missouri. The regiment became part of the newly created 1st Missouri Brigade. The 1st Cavalry enrolled men from the Missouri State Guard, particularly...

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III. Infantry Units

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pp. 177-261

This regiment bore the distinction of being the first Missouri unit of any type to enter Confederate service. John S. Bowen, a West Point graduate and Missouri Volunteer Militia officer captured at Camp Jackson on May 10, 1861, recruited the regiment at Memphis, Tennessee, in June 1861...


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pp. 263-271


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pp. 273-296

E-ISBN-13: 9781610751742
E-ISBN-10: 1610751744
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289407
Print-ISBN-10: 1557289409

Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 22 photographs
Publication Year: 2008