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CAPTAIN RAY'S COMPANY L 76TH ENROLLED MISSOURI MILITIA - by: Bob Banks

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In the photo are Isaac A. Clarke, C. R. Hanna, Will George Mr. McFarland - and also William P. George, Rufus G. Salyer, James K. Polk Fancher

Members of the John Gould Fletcher Camp, after attending the UCV National Reunion in Louisville, Kentucky, May 1900
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Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri, Volume III, January-August 1864

By: Bruce Nichols

On July 1 the Springfield Headquarters of District of Southwest Missouri order the Federal Command at Cassville, Barry County, to investigate a report they received that band of 11 Union military deserters including a Samuel Haskins, based in White River his was stealing horses from Missouri farms, trading them for cattle across the border in Arkansas and selling the cattle to farmers in Missouri The Census and military records associate Samuel (C. or G.) Haskins with Ozark County, while this report states that these privateers were selling the cattle two counties to the west on Crane Creek in Stone County.

Research Note: Bruce's note had C. as the middle initial, Janet - a researcher - wrote that she thought it was G. and not C.
Potts Hill - Barry Co., MO & Benton Co., AR

Pea Ridge National Military Park

The Battle of Pea Ridge - On March 7 & 8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought at Pea Ridge to decide the fate of Missouri. The 4,300-acre park honors those who fought for their way of life, North and South.

Many of the Confederates of the 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry were from Barry County.

11th Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd Regiment], formerly Burns' 8th Regiment, was organized during the winter of 1863-1864. The unit served in Parson's and S. P. Burns' Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, and fought in Arkansas and Louisiana. It lost 5 killed and 44 wounded at Pleasant Hill and 2 killed and 15 wounded at Jenkins' Ferry. Early in 1865 it disbanded. The field officers were Colonel Simon P. Burns, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas H. Murray, and Major James Phillips.

Barry Co., MO, Confederate Soldiers of 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry
  • Corp. Michael Weeks Berryhill - He is buried in Barry Co., MO, in Berryhill Cemetery. From a sketch that was published in the Cassville Republican in 1896: Uncle Mike was a firm believer in Jefferson Davis and state rights (but denounces in strong terms the present Democratic Congress.) And when the struggle came he espoused the Confederate cause and served four years. In the last year he was engaged in thirteen battles. He was 2nd Lieutenant under Lieut. Winton, but never in his life received a bullet wound. "Although," he said, "I have had my clothes shot full of holes, it seems like a kind of a Providence interfered on my behalf many times. But the saddest sight I saw and one that aroused my sympathy most was a Federal Soldier with both arms off, carrying water to a dying comrade."
  • Pvt. Charles Marion Haddock - Went by Marion, was a brother to Noah and Boone. May have died in Texas.
  • Pvt. Noah Haddock - Is buried in Chitwood Cemetery, Barry Co., MO, brother to Marion and Boone, son of Charles & Sarah (Collins) Haddock, Sr. His father was killed by Bushwhackers somewhere near the Indian Creek area and not far from Garfield, AR, but was a Barry County resident.
  • Pvt. Boone Haddock - Is buried in Haddock Cemetery, Barry Co., MO, in the Mark Twin National Forest, brother to Noah and Marion. He married Columbia Russell, a descendant of Zachariah Haddock.
February 1, 1912, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO - Interesting Letter from one of Barry County's Pioneer Citizens - Mr. Editor: - I have just returned from Cassville where I was called to attend the funeral of one of my aunts, Mrs. Anna McCary, who died at Fairview and was taken to the Horner Cemetery where she was raised. My grandfather Horner was the first one to be buried there fifty years ago. While I was there my mind ran back to my boyhood days.

I am 63 years old. Came to Cassville in the year 1851 with my parents and spent my boyhood days around Cassville, Barry County. When I looked over Cassville and saw the fine houses, my mind went back 55 years ago. There was then 8 or 10 little log cabins. In those days we worked cattle instead of horses. Cut our wheat with a reap hook frailed it out. Some times a person could sell a load of wood for 75 cents per cord.

In '61 came that awful war. I have seen 20,000 soldiers camped in Cassville, at one time. I saw Price's army march through Cassville going to fight at Wilson Creek. There was plenty of game in those days such as turkey, bear, and dear. Bear was plenty on Rock creek and Rock House. I helped to kill a bear when a boy on the head of Rock House by the spring, called the Neasley spring, but now is the Moulder Spring. I will tell you how the young folks did. I was 7 years old when I got my first pair of pants, mother spun the cloth for them. I was ten years old when my father made me a pair of shoes. People came very near starving in those days. We had to grit corn for our bread, pay 50 cents a pint for salt, 50 cents a pound for coffee, flour $10 per hundred, corn $2. per bushel, calico 25 cents a yard, and the worst of all no law to govern us. Everybody turned loose.

I enlisted in the army at the age of 16, when it ended I found myself in Tennessee, I served in the 2 Arkansas Calvary. I want to hear from some of my comrades.

Carol Ann Neeley Kilgore - Face Book, Barry County Places and Things Remembered added a note: "My best guess at this point is that the writer is James E. Shewmake, son of Nancy Horner and Wiley Thomas Shewmake. He was born in 1849 in Perry, TN and died in 1934 in Barry County."

Linda Skelton Corbin - Face Book, Barry County Places and Things Remembered added this note: "The Park Service has a James Shoemake in the 2nd Arkansas Calvary. I believe that James Shewmake's uncle, Amos Horner, and his uncle-in-law, B. F. Curry, were in the 2nd Arkansas Calvary."
Tony Martin added this information on Barry County Places and Things Remembered, Face Book. The discussion was the Ellis' Well that the dead soldiers who were dumped in. He mentioned that the well was on the property of Ezekiel Ellis in Barry County.

These are Ezekiel B. Ellis (1799 1869) and Margaret Ann Mackey Ellis' (1801 1895) children and grand children who served in the military and which branches they were in:

Alford B. Ellis, 1821 1861, he served in the Mexican War, and had 2 sons who served in the Civil War;

James Henry Ellis, 1841 1889 Union, Missouri State Militia John R. Ellis 1842 1907 Union, Missouri State Militia, lived in Barry County;

John Mackey Ellis, 1823 1892 Union, Missouri State Militia, lived in Barry County;

Benjamin Abbot Ellis, 1827 1910 Union, Missouri State Militia, lived in Barry County;

Jeremiah Bynum Ellis, 1828 1898 Union, Missouri State Militia, lived in Barry County;

Francis Marion Ellis, 1838 1926 Confederacy, Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment Tennessee - lived in Barry County; and

Ransom Asbury Ellis, 1842 1887 Confederacy, Company K, 32nd Infantry Regiment Tennessee - lived in Barry County.

Tuesday July 22 was recalled vividly by E. Williamson, J. B. W. Bennington and Thomas Arnold as the 55th anniversary of the battle between the armies of Generals Sherman and Hood near Atlanta, Ga. This was one of the fiercest battles of the Civil war. These men were in the battle and they say July 22 never passes that they do not recall the events of that awful day. In this battle General McPherson lost his life at the head of his army corps. July 24, 1919, Cassville Republican
Also See these links:

Stone Prairie Home Guard

14th Missouri Digital Heritage

The Civil War in Missouri

Map of Missouri Civil War Battles

Gadfly - Corsicana Resolutions Passed 1861

Captain William Ray's Company L 76th Enrolled Militia

Some Military records are housed at the MO Secretary of State
Important events of the Civil War and Barry Co., MO

The following is taken from "Compendium of the War of Rebellion", by Frederick H. Dyer, and other sources when stated.

Submitted by Ted Wayne Roller

Note: If an entry has a link we have more information available about the event.
  • Year of 1861
  • February and March of 1861
  • May 1861. W. S. McConnell attended the meeting at Camp Jackson. He was the Barry Co. State Representative. (Ref. Reprint Goodspeed History, page 78)
  • June 17, 1861
  • Prior to July 6, 1861 Captain Mitchell raised a Confederate company of Calvary prior to the Carthage affair of July 6. (This company fought at Dug Springs). Ref. Goodspeed page 79.)
  • July 6, The Carthage Skirmish resulted with Seigel defeated by Governor Jackson the Missouri State Guards and was forced to fall back to Mt. Vernon.
  • July 25, General Price moved from Elk River near Pineville in McDonald Co. to Cassville.
  • July 25, Skirmish at Dug Springs.
  • July 26, Skirmish at McCullas store.
  • On July 29 General McCulloch joined Price at Cassville and brought with him an army of 5,000 consisting of a brigade of Confederate troops from Louisiana. and Texas and a division of Arkansas militia commanded by Brigadier General N. Bart Pearce.
  • The last week of July, Price considered his army ready to take the field The army was capable of marching and fighting even if it was considered as an awkward spread of 8,000 - 9,000 men.
  • Aug. 3, Action at McCullas store.
  • Aug. 10, Battle of Wilson Creek.
  • (Unrecorded) Aug. 16, Confederate encampment at Mt. Vernon, Ref. Lawrence Co. Bulletin Jan. 1994.
  • Oct. 9, 1861 Nancy Davis's burial at Davis Cemetery near Miller, north of Mt. Vernon. (killed by possibly some of Price's men.)
  • Additional Story and Source Information
  • Oct. ? 1861?
  • Oct. 25, Skirmish - Springfield, MO.
  • Wed. Oct. 30, 1861; Cassville, the legislature moved to Cassville from Neosho.
  • Thursday Nov. 1, the Legislative met on the second floor of the courthouse in Cassville and met several days the last being Nov. 7, 1861. Much business was accomplished.
  • Nov. 1 - 9, Expedition from Rolla against Freeman Forces.

  • Year of 1862
  • ? 1862 - Captain Ray's company of State Militia was organized at Cassville in 1862 with Amos N. Kelly, first and D. P. Pharis, second lieutenant. Ref Goodspeed page 81.)
  • Feb. 14, 1862 - Skirmish Crane Creek - Bowen's Battalion Calv.
  • (First official fighting recorded on Barry County soil in the list of the Dyer Compendium.
  • Feb. 15, 1862 - Flat Creek - Bowen's Battalion Calv.
  • Feb. 17, " - Keetsville - Bowen's Battalion Calv.
  • Feb. 19, " Action and Capture of Bentonville, Bowen's Battalion Calv.
  • Feb. 25, 1862 - Skirmish Keetsville (Goodspeed page 80 and Compendium) (First listing of Union soldiers killed.) Union loss 2 killed, 1 wounded of the 6th. MO. Calvary
  • March 3 - 7, 1862 - 1st. MO Calvary at Keetsville and area around Cassville and White River.
  • March 7 - 8, " - Battle at Pea Ridge
  • March -23. Skirmish Carthage
  • April 8, 1862 - Scouts through Gadfly, Newtonia, Granby, Neosho and the valley of Indian Creek and Skirmish.
  • April 26, 1862 - Skirmish at Neosho
  • May 9, 1862 ? A detachment of State Militia engaged Confederate force near Gadfly, resulting in 3 Confederate deaths. (Ref. Goodspeed page 82.)
  • May 31, Skirmish near Neosho
  • June 11, Skirmish near Cassville (Goodspeed, pages 83 thur 86 list more)
  • June 23, Pineville
  • July 28, Cross Timbers
  • Aug. 5, Action Newtonia
  • Sept. 21, " - Skirmish at Cassville
  • Sept. 24, " - Skirmish at Granby
  • Sept. 30, " - Engagement Newtonia
  • Oct. 3, 1862 - Skirmish Jollification
  • Oct. 4, " - Skirmish Newtonia
  • Oct. 4, " - Affair at Granby
  • Oct. 4, " - Occupation of Granby
  • Oct. 4, 1862 - Occupation of Newtonia
  • Oct. 5, " - Action at Newtonia
  • Nov. 8 - 13, - Expedition into Southern MO and Northern AR.
  • Nov. 9, - Skirmish at Huntsville, AR
  • Nov. 17 - 18, - Operations about Cassville and Keetsville
  • Nov. 19, - Skirmish Pineville
  • Nov. 27, - Skirmish Carthage
  • Dec. 23 - 31, 1862 - Operations in Sugar Creek Hills

  • Year of 1863
  • Dec. 31, 1862 - Jan. 25, 1963 - Operations Against Marmaduke in MO
  • Jan. 8, 1863 - Engagement Springfield
  • April 17, " - Skirmish White River
  • April 21 - May, 1863 - Operations against Marmaduke
  • May 26, " - Skirmish in Carthage
  • June 27 - 28, 1863 - Skirmish in Carthage
  • Barry County seemed to have a reprieved or at least no reports for 4 months.
  • July 4, 1863 - Skirmish at Cassville
  • July 18 - 26, 1863 - Scout from Cassville to Huntsville and Berryville, AR
  • July 27, 1863 - Affair near Cassville
  • Aug. 13, " - Skirmish Pineville
  • Sept. 6, " - Attack on Carthage
  • Sept. 7 -19, " - Expedition from Springfield into AR and Indian Territory
  • Sept. 21, " - Skirmish Cassville
  • Sept. 27, " - Skirmish Newtonia
  • Oct. 2, " - Skirmish Carthage
  • Nov. 10 -18, " - Expedition from Springfield to Huntsville, Carrolton and Berryville, AR
  • Dec. 24 - 29, " - Scout from Cassville

  • Year of 1864
  • Feb. 23 - Mar. 9, 1864 - Scout from Springfield to Northern AR
  • April 28 - May 7, 1864 - " " " toward Fayetteville, AR
  • June 3, 1864 - Skirmish Diamond Grove
  • June 3, " - Skirmish Neosho
  • June 9-14, " - Scout from Cassville to Cross Hollows, AR
  • June 1, " - Skirmish Ridgeley
  • June 19 - 25, " - Scout from Mt. Vernon
  • June 20 - 25, " - Scout from Cassville to Cross Hollows, AR
  • July 18 - 23, " - Operations in Southwest MO
  • July 21, " - Skirmish Carthage
  • Aug. 1, " - Diamond Grove Prairie
  • Aug. 5, " - McDonald Co.
  • Aug. 5 -7, " - Skirmish Cowskin
  • Aug. 15 - 24, " - Operations in SW MO and NW AR
  • Aug. 23 - 28, 1864 - Expedition from Cassville to Fayetteville, AR
  • Sept. 2, " - Skirmish near Mt. Vernon
  • Sept. 22, " - Skirmish Carthage
  • Sept. 30, " - Skirmish Mt. Vernon MO 15th. Calv.
  • Oct. 8, " - Skirmish Barry Co. AR 1st. Calv.
  • Oct. 18, " - Skirmish Barry Co. AR 1st. Calv.
  • Oct. 26, " - Skirmish Carthage MO 13th.
  • Oct. 28, 1864 - Engagement Newtonia MO 15th. Calvary and AR 2nd. Calvary & others.
  • Oct. 29, 1864 - Skirmish Upshaw's farm AR 2nd. Calvary
  • Oct. 29 - 30, " - Skirmishes Cane Creek (Crane?) MO 8th. State Militia
  • Oct. 30, " - Skirmish Newtonia
  • Nov. 5 - 15, " - Expedition from Springfield to Ft. Smith
  • Nov. 11 - 21, " - Scout from Springfield to Huntsville and Yellville, AR AR 2nd. Calvary.
  • March 29, 1865 - Skirmish SW MO No reports
  • Barry County Civil War Correspondence October to November 1864

Submitted on 8-28-1996 by Ted W. Roller

Note: 14th MO State Militia Volunteer Cavalry - Was stationed in Cassville in late 1862 to early 1963.






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