Daviess County men of the Missouri Brigade CSA

During the Civil War about 150 Daviess County men were in the Confederate service. Of those at least 90 were in the Missouri Brigade CSA. Most of these Daviess County men responded to the call of Governor Jackson in June 1861 and became part of the Missouri State Guard (MOSG).

During the Civil War about 150 Daviess County men were in the Confederate service. Of those at least 90 were in the Missouri Brigade CSA. Most of these Daviess County men responded to the call of Governor Jackson in June 1861 and became part of the Missouri State Guard (MOSG).

They reported to J.H. Winston of Platte County and were placed under Col. Elijah E. Gates (1827-1915) who was from Easton, Buchanan County. Lt. Col. Richard Chiles of Gates staff formed a company of Pattonsburg men with a few from other towns in Daviess County.

The Chiles Battalion served about 4? months with battles at Blue Mills and Lexington. The first Daviess County man killed is believed to have been David Enyart, captain of Company G, MOSG, 1st Calvary, 4th Division. He was killed in action on Aug. 10, 1861, at the battle of Wilson’s Creek, Mo.

Lt. Col. Chiles from Pattonsburg was married to Permilia G. Enyart, daughter of H.W. and Mary Ann Enyart. Permilia’s brother, Logan Enyart, Captain CSA, commanded Company B, Extra Cavalry Battalion (ECB), 4th Division of the MOSG and commanded Co.G of the 1st Mo. Calvary after it was organized in December 1861 at Springfield.
After the battle of Pea Ridge March 7, 1862, the 1st Missouri Cavalry and the 3rd Missouri Infantry were ordered to move east of the Mississippi. The Cavalry left their horses at Des Arc, Ark. on April 6 and crossed at Memphis.

The 1st and 3rd formed part of the Missouri Brigade and battled together as infantry for the rest of the war. Captain Enyart commanded Company B of that regiment until he was captured at Franklin, Tenn.

The Missouri Brigade was in many battles including Pea Ridge, Corinth, Vicksburg, Kennesaw Mt., Atlanta and in defense of Mobile, Ala., where the Brigade was captured at Blakeley April 9, 1865, along with the commander, Col. Gates.

Lt. Col. Chiles reports that he resigned June 15, 1862, from the Brigade and returned to Missouri to fight with Quantrill. Chiles was shot in the breast Oct. 6, 1864, and died of that injury six years later.

Capt. Enyart survived the war but suffered a wound in his left arm and left eye. He was captured twice.

After the war, Daviess County CSA vets formed the Cravens Camp #912 at Gallatin (1881-1906) of the United Confederate Veterans (UCV) and some of its members of that unit came to Daviess County after the war.

The above information was taken from the Confederate Roll of Missouri by Leslie Anders, Civil War on the Border 1861-62 by Britton, the First Mo. Cavalry Reg. CSA by James Farley and records of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and other records at the Gallatin library.

Prepared by David Stark