In January 1864, the regiment were badly scattered, doing guard duty. The headquarters of the regiment were at Warrensburg, where two companies, L and M, were stationed. Company A was at Waverly, B at Calhoun, C at Chapel Hill, D at Kingsville, E at Germantown, F at Wellington, G and H at Lexington, I at Hopewell, and K at Osceola. Their principal business was guard duty and scouting, and this continued during January and February.
In April, Lieutenant Triplett, with forty men of Company D, broke up a camp of guerrillas in Johnson County and captured from them an elegant regimental banner of the Fifth Infantry, Indiana Volunteers.
In May, Companies A, C and L were stationed at Warrensburg; B, E and K at Germantown; D and M at Holden; and F, G, H and I, under Captain Burris, were in the field in the western part of Lafayette County. Scouting and fighting the guerrillas continued until July, when the headquarters of the regiment were moved from Warrensburg to Mound Prairie, Lafayette County, July 14, and from there to Lexington on the 19th.
In the latter part of July, Lieutenant-Colonel Lazear was ordered to assume command of the regiment and operations in Lafayette and Saline counties, relieving Colonel McFerran. Colonel Lazear continued to operate in this district with his command until the 16th of September, when Colonel McFerran again assumed command. During this period the headquarters of the regiment were in the field.
On September 17th, Major Mullins, with one battalion, then in the field in Lafayette County, was ordered to proceed to Saline County and take command in that county, with headquarters at Marshall. The headquarters of the regiment in the meantime were established at the Little Snibar, Lafayete County.
Not long after this the regiment was sent first to Sedalia and then to Jefferson, finally arriving at the latter place in October 1864. The regiment was connected with the first brigade and while with it was engaged in the battles of Big Blue, Independence and Osage. The regiment was at Fort Scott on the 26th of October, when it was detailed to escort to Warrensburg the prisoners and artillery captured from the rebels by the brigade, and November first they made their headquarters for the winter at Warrensburg.
On the 1st of January, 1865, the regiment was stationed in the Central District of Missouri and was engaged in exterminating the band of guerrillas that infested that region of the country, and performing guard and escort duty, until mustered out.
It will be seen that the First Regiment was kept pretty busy during the time of the “great unpleasantness,” and with the exception of an occasional resignation, wounds and sickness, the companies from Daviess County were constantly in the field, their scope of duty being confined to Missouri. They had, therefore, no chance to distinguish themselves by participating in the many memorable battles on Southern soil, but they performed the duties assigned to them with zeal and deserved well of their country.
This company was mustered into service February 3, 1862, at Gallatin, Missouri, by Capt. T.B. Biggers. The company was commanded by Captain Joseph H. McGee of Gallatin, First Lieutenant Merdith Morris of Pattonsburg, and Second Lieutenant McClain Wilson of Monroe Township. Their commissions all bear date from February 3, 1862. One year and two months from the last date, April 3, 1863, Joseph McGee was promoted to major; March 26, 1863, Merdith Morris succeeded him as captain of the company, Benton Miller as first lieutenant, and McClain Wilson still holding his position of second lieutenant. Of these officers, Captain Morris was dismissed April 26, 1864; First Lieutenant Miller was mustered out February 11, 1865, having served out his term; and McClain Wilson resigned April 23, 1864.
Roll of Company A
Company A belonged to the first regiment of cavalry, Missouri State Militia. The roll of privates and non-commissioned officers is here given. A noble band who did their duty in the Union cause:
Company A Privates
Bear, Martin L., Bancroft
Blenkenship, Benjamin F., Gallatin
Blenkenship, Alfred, Gallatin
Browning, William R., Alto Vista
Barber, Elisha, Prairie City
Bartlett, John, Kidder
Brown, Solomon, Civil Bend
Crawford, Benjamin R., Civil Bend
Cutshall, John R., Bancroft
Clore, George W., Prairie City
Dutcher, William R., Gallatin
Downing, William, Alto Vista
Downing, Thomas, Alto Vista
Doll, John H., Kidder
Flemming, Thomas J., Alto Vista
Flemming, William H., Alto Vista
Frazier, Levi, Alto Vista
Fields, Stephen, Civil Bend
Frazier, Samuel, Civil Bend
Gray, James, Pattonsburg
Gentry, John A., Bancroft
Gentis, David, Civil Bend
Grantham, John E., Civil Bend
Garrison, Benjamin F., Alto Vista
Gray, William A., Pattonsburg
Handel, Isaac I., Gallatin
Harrah, James C., Prairie City
Hughes, John S., Victoria
Holmes, Henry, Gallatin
Haver, John, Civil Bend
Hughes, Joseph, Victoria
Hayes, Thomas F., Bancroft
Hines, James A., Alto Vista
Harter, George W., Kidder
Jones, John R., Gallatin
Johnson, Eleazer, Civil Bend
Leard, Alfred C., Alto Vista
Leard, Robert J., Alto Vista
Leard, William A., Alto Vista
McGee, James, Gallatin
McCrary, John W., Gallatin
Marshall, Dennis, Civil Bend
Moore, Robert N., Victoria
Netherton, James C., Gallatin
Poe, Jonathan, Prairie City
Poe, Abraham, Prairie City
Powell, George W., Victoria
Powell, William C., Victoria
Persinger, John, Pattonsburg
Royston, William H., Prairie City
Royston, James M., Prairie City
Royston, Benjamin F., Prairie City
Reed, Orange, Civil Bend
Roney, William, Kidder
Smith, Martin, Civil Bend
Sweaney, Andrew, Civil Bend
Snider, Lewis, Kidder
Schaffer, David, Gallatin
Shriver, Nathan, Gallatin
Shipley, James H., Bethany
Travis, Charles, Alto Vista
Utterback, Ferdinand, Victoria
Whitman, Thomas W., Bancroft
Woodey, Nathan, Pattonsburg
Kenney, Patrick S., first sergeant, Kidder
Groomer, David, first corporal, Pattonsburg
Cope, John, private, Alto Vista
Frazier, William, private, Alto Vista
Frazier, Henry C., Alto Vista
Hilton, William H., Alto Vista
Leard, Alfred C., Alto Vista
Lewis, Jacob, Alto Vista
Lewis, Joseph P., Alto Vista
Hamm, John, Alto Vista
Jeffries, Martin P., Alto Vista
O’Neal, Thomas, Kidder
Wiebkir, Rodolph, Kidder
Discharged for Disability
Bear, Peter, second sergeant, Bancroft
Stone, George W., third sergeant, Gallatin
Tipton, George W., fifth sergeant, Victoria
Grantham, Robert H., sixth corporal, Civil Bend
Peniston, Thomas, bugler, Civil Bend
Miller, Seamon, private, Kidder
Leard, James G., private, Alto Vista
Everly, Samuel H., private, Gallatin
Field, Riley, private, Civil Bend
Grantham, William D., private, Gallatin
Miller, William F., private, Victoria
Sweaney, George, private, Civil Bend
Sego, Charles B., private, Pattonsburg
Died of Disease
Handel, Edward W., Gallatin
Dale, Thomas J., Bethany
Benton Miller, orderly sergeant, Kidder
William V. McGee, quarter-master sergeant, Gallatin
William C. Gillahan, company sergeant, Gallatin
Benjamin F. Poe, first sergeant, Prairie City
David E. Youtsey, second sergeant, Gallatin
William L. Powell, third sergeant, Gallatin
Lewis Heaston, fourth sergeant, Gallatin
First, Isaac H. Wilson, Breckinridge
Second, Daniel Johns, Bethany
Third, Joshua Brown, Gallatin
Fourth, James Browning, Alto Vista
Fifth, George T. Netherton, Gallatin
Sixth, Charles W. Lake, Gallatin
Seventh, Wiley W. Stone, Gallatin
Eighth, John W. Hancock, Kidder
Actions engaged in
The first action this company was engaged in was fought at Kirksville, in Adair County, August 6, 1862. Two days after, August 8, they again met the enemy at Panther Creek, Macon County, and following them up, a short engagement ensued on Walnut Creek, and at Seaford the next day. On the 13th of August, four days after, they fought their next battle with Poindexter. This is the record of the first movements of this regiment. None were killed, but several wounded, among whom were William R. Dutcher, private, and David E. Youtsey, second sergeant, both of Gallatin.
Company G was organized March 27, 1862, with John Ballinger as captain, who ranked as such from March 16th of that year. The original roll of the company could not be found, but the roll of the company when mustered out was preserved by Lieutenant David Groomer and kindly furnished, and from which was taken the names of those who lived to return to their homes. Those who died from exposure or were killed in battle filled a soldier’s grave, and the memory of them will ever remain green. Time may lessen the violence of grief, but memory ever keeps her vigils, and as the one softens with passing years, the other ever rises bright and glorious, and with hope as its beacon light, holds fast until death.
Company G Privates
Blakely, Andrew C.
Caldwell, James H.
Crowder, James M.
Endicott, Jacob I.
Hilton, William H.
Hindman, John C.
Jeffries, Martin P.
Mitchell, John T.
McBride, Sylvester K.
Miller, George W.
Peugh, George W.
Reynolds, John M.
Shriver, Francis W.
Shriver, Nova Zembla
Sabens, Thomas B.
Splawn, John B.
Splawn, Isaac N.
Smith, John N.
Jeffries, George W.
Walker, Albert G.
Ham, John F.
Hines, Benjamin F.
Harris, Seth H.
Orr Jasper N.
Way, Charles A.
French, Jesse N.
Day, John M.
Osborn, Carlow B.
Allen, Charles W.
Bailey, Jasper N.
Cope, William B.
Cain, George L.
Duskins, William F.
Gilkey, Robert T.
Hall, George W.
Johnson, James G.
Jacques, Gabriel M.
Lewis, Joseph P.
Miller, John H.
Payne, Reuben L.
Pilcher, Francis L.
Rop, James L.
Rowland, John D.
Rhoades, Charles W.
Sabens, William M.
Stout, William S.
Starr, William M.
Wright, John R.
Worley, William T.
Killed in battle
Lewis Jacob, bugler, killed August 9, 1862, at Panther Creek, Missouri.
James, John, died May 12, 1862, at Gallatin.
Clevinger, Pitman A., died April 5, 1862, at Gallatin.
Place, Peter, died May 6, 1862, at Gallatin.
Gillihan, Benona H., died July 14, 1862, at Chillicothe.
Fitts, George W., died August 19, 1862, at Chillicothe.
Orr, Patrick M., died November 8, 1864, at Jefferson City.
Pennington, William J., died November 21, 1864, at Warrensburg.
Risdon, John, discharged for drunkenness, June 12, 1862.
Jordon James, discharged for drunkenness, June 30, 1862.
Harmon, Jacob C., discharged for drunkenness, June 30, 1862.
Harmon, Richard M., discharged for disability, July 10, 1862.
Harmon, David, discharged for disability, July 10, 1862.
Murphy, Thomas, discharged for drunkenness, July 13, 1862.
O’Neal, Thomas, discharged for disability, October 18, 1862.
Keene, Joseph B., discharged for disability, October 12, 1862.
Shadwick, Levi, discharged for disability, November 4, 1862.
England, William, discharged for disability, November 4, 1862.
Place, Richard J. discharged for disability, November 14, 1862.
Knight, Thomas, discharged for disability, June 13, 1862.
Fields, Thomas, discharged for disability, November 20, 1862.
Brown, Joel R., discharged for disability, November 7, 1862.
Dilley, Barnett, discharged for disability, February 11, 1863.
Splawn, John B., discharged for disability, March 14, 1863.
Splawn, Isaac N., discharged for disability, March 14, 1863.
Smith, John N., discharged for disability, March 14, 1863.
Jeffries, George W., discharged for disability, March 14, 1863.
Walker, Albert G., discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Ham, John T., discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Hines, Benjamin F., discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Miller, Michael, discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Harris, Seth H., discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Orr, Jasper N., discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Payne, Ebenezer, discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Way, Charles A., discharged for disability, June 7, 1863.
Orr, Moses, discharged for disability, November 27, 1863.
Rowhuff, James, discharged for disability, May 17, 1864.
French, Jesse N., discharged for disability, June 20, 1863.
Day, John M., discharged for horse stealing, July 15, 1863.
Moore, James, deserted, April 20, 1863.
Stephens, John E., deserted, May 16, 1863.
Alfred R. Leard
Benjamin H. Hines
David K. Eads
Charles M. Rogers
David M. Heath, discharged for disability, August 4, 1862.
Nathan Johnson, discharged for disability, April 8, 1864.
James Johnson, died at home in Daviess County, November 3, 1862.
William G. Stow
Henry C. Frazier
William H. Elliott
Carl R. Lord, discharged for disability, March 14, 1863.
Joseph P. Lewis, discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Ira C. Tuttle, discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
Henry Dilley, discharged for disability, April 27, 1863.
George W. Hall, discharged for disability, February 28, 1863.
John L. Shriver, discharged for disability, March 14, 1863.
Luther Ferrington, deserted, May 16, 1863.
Roll of Company B
The following, as far as could be ascertained, is the roll of privates and non-commissioned officers of Company B, Captain Folmsbee. The original muster roll could not be found:
Company B Privates
Snider, Henry, Caldwell County
Daniel Lebow, sergeant
Commissioned officers’ record, First Cavalry Regiment Missouri State Militia
Apr. 9, 1862 James McFerran Col. Mar. 31, 1862 Mustered out expiration of term, Feb., 1865
Feb. 24, 1862 A.M. Woolfolk Lt.-Col. Feb. 24, 1862 Resigned March 25, 1863
Apr. 6, 1863 Bazel F. Lazear Lt.-Col. Sept. 13, 1862 Mustered out expiration of term, April 20, 1865
Apr. 9, 1862 Samuel P. Cox Major Mar. 12, 1862 Resigned January 26, 1863
May 15, 1862 A.W. Mullins Major May 15, 1862 Mustered out expiration of term, March 30, 1865
Mar. 26, 1863 J.H. McGee Major Mar. 26, 1862 Resigned Nov. 17, 1863
Feb. 16, 1864 Henry Neil Major Feb. 16, 1864 Mustered out expiration of term, April 11, 1865
Oct. 14, 1862 P.S. Kennedy 1st Lt. & Q.M. Oct 14, 1862 Mustered out expiration of term, April 11, 1865
Feb. 10, 1862 J.H. McGee Capt. Feb. 3, 1862 Promoted to Major March 26, 1863
Apr. 10, 1863 Meredith Morris Capt. Apr. 3, 1863 Dismissed April 26, 1864
Feb. 10, 1862 Meredith Morris 1st Lt. Feb. 3, 1862 Promoted Captain April 3, 1863
Apr. 10, 1863 Benton Miller 1st Lt. Apr. 3, 1863 Mustered out expiration of term, Feb. 11, 1865
Feb. 10, 1862 McClain Wilson 2nd Lt. Feb. 3, 1862 Resigned April 23, 1864
Feb. 10, 1862 Wm. H. Folmsbee Capt. Feb 3, 1862 Resigned October 3, 1863
Nov. 9, 1863 S.N. Gaskill Capt. Nov. 4, 1863 Resigned April 2, 1864
Apr. 14, 1864 J.T. Goodbrake Capt. Apr. 14, 1864 Mustered out expiration of term, Feb. 12, 1864
Feb. 10, 1862 J.T. Goodbrake 1st Lt. Feb 5, 1862 Promoted Captain April 14, 1864
June 10, 1864 S.N. Gaskill 1st Lt. June 6, 1864 Mustered out expiration of term, Feb. 18, 1864
Feb. 10, 1862 Joshua Rhodes 2nd Lt. Feb. 4, 1862 Dismissed for incompetency S.O., 232, A.G.O. Mo., December 21, 1863
Mar. 27, 1862 John Ballinger Capt. Mar. 16, 1862 Resigned June 28, 1864
Mar. 27, 1862 P.S. Kennedy 1st Lt. Mar. 16, 1862 Apt’d R.Q.M. Oct. 14, 1862
Dec. 6, 1862 Wm. Kessinger 1st Lt. Oct. 18, 1862 Mustered out expiration of term, March, 1865
Mar. 27, 1862 D. Groomer 2d Lt Mar. 6, 1862 Mustered out expiration of term, March, 1865