Enrolled Missouri Militia question

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mofederal

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The earlier EMM members/soldiers had no real uniforms and supplied their own weapons. They were also called the Paw Paw Militia. They would put Paw Paw leaves in their hats as an identification. They were extremely unreliable and therefore suspect by many. Later on when it became the Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia they were issued US issued uniforms.
 
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www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unmoinf4.htm#1

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/27th_Regiment,_Missouri_Mounted_Infantry_(Union)

A Missouri Federal unit, supplied by the Union Army, it looks partially equipped.

The 27th Missouri mounted Infantry was a short term regiment. It was organized at large in Missouri from May to Nov. 1861 and mustered out between Jan. and Feb. 1862. They served at the Siege of Lexington.

The 27th EMM served in North Missouri guarding bridges on the North Missouri Railroad.
 
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Lusty Murfax

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Was this unit Confederate or Federal? Interesting photos.
Good question. These units were organized by Federal authorities in Missouri, mainly for the purpose of keeping the peace on a local basis. However, they were often filled with men of unknown or ambiguous loyalties. Sometimes these men covertly held opinions hostile to Union aims. It was a good place for a southern man to ride out the war and avoid Union service in combat against his fellows. Also, by joining an MEM unit he might be able to prevent Union retribution against his family and kinsmen.
 
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