Book Review Guide to Missouri Confederate Units, 1861-1865 by James E. McGhee

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McGhee, James E. (2008). Guide to Missouri Confederate Units, 1861-1865. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 978-1-55728-870-7
This is a book that includes brief (less than 3 pages long) histories of all Missouri Confederate Army units, excluding Missouri State Guard units. Broken into sections for artillery, cavalry, and infantry, each entry has a list of field officers and company commanders, and lists companies in the case of the battalions, regiments, and squadrons at the beginning of the entry. If known, the counties that the companies came from are also included. This is followed by a short unit history, that includes the date and place of organization, the brigades it was assigned to, its engagements and casualties in each engagement. Unusually for these types of guides, McGhee mentions the role the unit played in the engagement. The entries also include the date and place they were paroled if applicable and known, as well as total strength and casualties if "reliably determined." The entries end with a bibliography containing further reading.
McGhee's unit histories correct errors present in previous general Confederate unit guides such as Sifakis and Crute. For example, Sifakis conflated Colton Greene's 3rd Cavalry Regiment with the 3rd Cavalry Battalion (Dismounted) of Campbell and Samuel that fought at Vicksburg and consolidated with the 1st Cavalry Regiment (Dismounted after surrender to form the 1st and 3rd Cavalry Regiment (Dismounted). McGhee remedies this error by including separate histories for both units.
 
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Artillery units covered:
  • 1st Field Battery (Roberts’s/Ruffner’s)
  • 1st Light Battery (Wade’s/Walsh’s)
  • 2nd Field Battery (Joseph Bledsoe’s/Collins’s)
  • 2nd Light Battery “Clark Artillery” (Clark’s/King’s/Farris’s)
  • 3rd Field Battery (Also known as the 8th Light Battery) (Gorham’s/Tilden’s/Lesueur’s)
  • 3rd Light Battery “St. Louis Artillery” (MacDonald’s/Dawson’s/Lowe’s)
  • 4th Field Battery (Harris’s)
  • 7th (alt 4th) Light Battery “Jackson Battery” (Lucas’s/Lowe’s)
  • 10th Light Battery (Rice’s/Barrett’s)
  • Bledsoe’s Battery (Also known as 1st Light Battery) (Hiram Bledsoe’s)
  • Bowman’s/Parsons’s Battery
  • Foster’s Battery
  • Guibor’s Battery (Also known as the 1st Light Battery)
  • Hamilton’s Battery “Prairie Gun Battery”
  • Harris’s Battery
  • Hunter’s Battery
  • Landis‘s Battery
  • McDonald’s Battery
  • Tull’s Battery “1st Rifle Battery”
  • Von Phul's Battery
  • Woodson's Battery
 
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Cavalry regiments covered:
  • 1st Regiment (Dismounted) (Gates’s)
  • 1st Northeast Regiment (Porter’s)
  • 1st & 3rd Regiment Consolidated (Dismounted) (Gates’s)
  • 2nd Regiment (McCulloch’s) (Formerly the 4th Battalion)
  • 2nd Northeast Regiment (Franklin’s)
  • 3rd Regiment (Greene's)
  • 4th Regiment (Burbridge’s)
  • 5th Regiment (Shelby’s/Gordon’s) (Referred to unofficially as the 1st Regiment in the Trans-Mississippi Department)
  • 6th Regiment (Coffee’s/Thompson’s) “Southwest Cavalry”
  • 7th Regiment (Kitchen’s) (Also known as the 10th Regiment)
  • 8th Regiment (Jeffers’s)
  • 9th Regiment (Elliott’s) (Formerly the 1st or 10th Battalion) “Elliott’s Scouts”
  • 10th Regiment (Lawther’s/Barry’s) (Formerly MacDonald’s Battalion, then 11th Battalion)
  • 11th Regiment (Coffee’s/Thompson’s/Smith’s/Hooper’s) (Formerly the 6th Regiment and referred to unofficially as the 3rd Regiment in the Trans-Mississippi Department) “Southwest Cavalry”
  • 12th Regiment (Hays’s/Jeans’s/Shanks’s) (Referred to unofficially as the 2nd Regiment in the Trans-Mississippi Department) “Jackson County Cavalry”
  • 13th Regiment (Wood’s) (Formerly the 14th Battalion)
  • 15th Regiment (Reeves's)
  • Coffee's Regiment
  • Freeman's Regiment
  • Fristoe's Regiment
  • Hodge's Regiment
  • Hunter's Regiment
  • Jackman's Regiment
  • Lawther’s Temporary Dismounted Regiment
  • Perkins’s Regiment (Reorganized as Perkins’s Infantry Battalion)
  • Poindexter’s Regiment
  • Searcy’s Regiment (Reorganized as Searcy’s Sharpshooter Battalion, or 1st Sharpshooter Battalion)
  • Slayback’s Regiment
  • Williams’s Regiment “Williams’s Rangers”

 
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Cavalry battalions covered:
  • 1st Battalion (Elliott’s) (Also known as the 10th Battalion)
  • 1st Battalion, 1st Indian Brigade (Livingston’s/Pickler’s/Piercy’s) “Cherokee Spikes”
  • 3rd Battalion (Dismounted) (Campbell’s/Samuel’s) (Also known as the 5th and 6th Battalion)
  • 4th Battalion (McCulloch’s)
  • 10th Battalion (Elliott’s) (Also known as 1st Battalion)
  • 11th Battalion (Young’s)
  • 12th Battalion (Freeman’s)
  • 14th Battalion (Wood’s)
  • 17th Battalion (Norman’s)
  • Clardy's Battalion
  • Davies's Cavalry Battalion
  • Ford's Cavalry Battalion
  • MacDonald’s Battalion
  • Preston’s Battalion
  • Reeves’s Battalion
  • Schnable’s Battalion
  • Shaw’s Battalion
  • Snider’s Battalion (Also known as the Northeast Battalion or 1st Northeast Battalion)

 
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Cavalry squadrons covered:
  • Dorsey's
  • Hulett's (Hulett Horse)
  • Lawther's
Independent cavalry companies covered:
  • Champion's (Frost's Escort)
  • Clark's/Stallard's (Marmaduke's Escort)
  • Corser's
  • Edmondson's Provost Guard
  • Jeffers's (Swamp Rangers)
  • Lee's (Hindman's Escort)
  • Reeves's (Independent Missouri Scouts)
  • Roberts's (Frost's Escort)
  • Savery’s (Western Rangers)
  • Smith’s (Windsor Guards/Price’s Escort)
  • Surridge's
  • Terry's
  • Woodson’s (Also known as Company A, 1st Cavalry Regiment)
Failed to complete organization:
  • Clark’s Regiment “Clark’s Recruits”
  • Coleman’s Regiment
  • Dorsey’s Regiment
  • Douglas’s Regiment
  • Lawther’s Partisan Ranger Regiment
  • Phelan’s Regiment (Also unofficially known as the 6th Regiment)
  • Tracy’s Regiment

 
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Infantry regiments:
  • 1st Regiment (Bowen’s/Rich’s/Riley’s)
  • 1st & 4th Regiment (Consolidated) (Riley’s/Garland’s)
  • 2nd Regiment (Burbridge’s/Cockrell’s/Flournoy’s)
  • 2nd & 6th Regiment (Consolidated) (Flournoy’s)
  • 3rd Regiment (Rives’s/Pritchard’s/Gause’s)
  • 3rd & 5th Regiment (Consolidated) (McCown’s)
  • 4th Regiment (MacFarlane’s)
  • 5th Regiment (McCown’s)
  • 6th Regiment (Erwin’s/Hedgpeth’s)
  • 7th Regiment (Jackman’s/Caldwell’s/Lewis’s)
  • 8th Regiment (Hunter’s/Burns’s)
  • 8th Regiment (Mitchell’s)
  • 9th Regiment (Clark’s)
  • 9th Regiment (Reorganized) (Clark’s/Musser’s)
  • 9th Regiment (White’s/Ponder’s)
  • 10th Regiment (Subsequently known as the 10th Consolidated Regiment) (Steen’s/Pickett’s/Moore’s)
  • 11th Regiment (Hunter’s/Burns’s) (Formerly the 8th Regiment)
  • 12th Regiment (White’s/Ponder’s) (Formerly the 9th Regiment)
  • 16th Regiment (Jackman’s/Caldwell’s/Lewis’s/Cumming’s) (Formerly the 7th Regiment)

 
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Infantry battalions:
  • Bevier’s Battalion (Possibly known as the 3rd Battalion)
  • Clark's
  • Erwin's (Also known as 3rd or 5th Battalion)
  • Frazier’s Battalion (Also known as 1st Battalion)
  • Hedgpeth’s Battalion (Also known as 1st Battalion)
  • Hughes’s Battalion (Also known as 2nd Battalion)
  • Johnson’s Battalion (Also known as 1st Battalion)
  • MacFarlane's
  • McCown’s Battalion (Also known as 2nd or 4th Battalion)
  • Mitchell’s Battalion (Also known as 7th Battalion)
  • Musser’s Battalion (Also known as 8th Battalion)
  • Perkins’s Battalion (Formerly Perkins’s Cavalry Regiment)
  • Pindall’s Sharpshooter Battalion (Also known as 9th Sharpshooter Battalion)
  • Rosser’s Battalion (Also known as 1st or 7th Battalion)
  • Searcy’s Sharpshooter Battalion (Also known as 1st Sharpshooter Battalion) (Formerly Searcy’s Cavalry Regiment)
Failed to complete organization:
  • 7th Regiment (Franklin's)
  • Boone’s Mounted Infantry Regiment (Also known as the 1st Mounted Infantry Regiment)


 

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You know, Missouri at one point had about half their land occupied by the Confederates and it was where Wilson's Creek was fought and it ended in a Confederate victory. Personally I always saw Missouri and Kentucky as natural parts of the Confederacy and if there was a flag for a Confederate Missouri it'd be the flag of the Missouri State Guard.
 
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