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I am active in the NCWA of Northern California where I am a member of the 5th Alabama.
Civil War historian, Jeff Erzin, has profiled over 500 former Confederates that relocated in Northern California following the war. He is currently in the process of finding a publisher for his work. He says, "Some interesting Confederate Vets buried in California.....Tazewell Tyler, Confederate surgeon, and son of President John Tyler. John Steinbeck's grandfather, a deserter from a Florida regiment. In Benicia Ca. probably the only known Civil War battle casualty buried in California. Many more interesting stories". Jeff contacted me some three years ago requesting a photo of a North Carolina Confederate cousin of mine that settled in Meadow Valley, Nevada County, California and lived there till the 1920s. His grave has never been located, but he appears in census records in 1900, 1910, and 1920. His name is Jordan Livingston. He served in Company B 11th NC Infantry and was wounded at Gettysburg.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52372032/samuel-smith-ferguson

Here's the Find-A-Grave page for the man he accompanied to California. This man served in the 37th NC. They were both from Wilkes County, NC. I have Ezrin's e/mail. He would probably give you a heads-up about the book's publishing if you'd be interested.
 
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Civil War historian, Jeff Erzin, has profiled over 500 former Confederates that relocated in Northern California following the war. He is currently in the process of finding a publisher for his work. He says, "Some interesting Confederate Vets buried in California.....Tazewell Tyler, Confederate surgeon, and son of President John Tyler. John Steinbeck's grandfather, a deserter from a Florida regiment. In Benicia Ca. probably the only known Civil War battle casualty buried in California. Many more interesting stories". Jeff contacted me some three years ago requesting a photo of a North Carolina Confederate cousin of mine that settled in Meadow Valley, Nevada County, California and lived there till the 1920s. His grave has never been located, but he appears in census records in 1900, 1910, and 1920. His name is Jordan Livingston. He served in Company B 11th NC Infantry and was wounded at Gettysburg.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52372032/samuel-smith-ferguson

Here's the Find-A-Grave page for the man he accompanied to California. This man served in the 37th NC. They were both from Wilkes County, NC. I have Ezrin's e/mail. He would probably give you a heads-up about the book's publishing if you'd be interested.
I would definitely be interested in his book. We have an interesting Confederate History here in Northern California with the escapades of Captain Ingram's Partisan Rangers and the Mason-Henry Gang. Monterey County at the time was made up of about 40% immigrants from the Carolinas.

My great-grandfather relocated to Sand Mountain after the Civil War. My father and mother(herself the grand-daughter of a 14th KS Union Cavalryman) moved out here in the 60s to work in what would become known as Silicon Valley.
 
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Welcome from Northern Alabama!
Thank you! My father, James Harold Spence, was raised in Pisgah and is buried along with my Grandfather Hardy Lee (where my middle name comes from), and Henry Tennesse behind this church that my family helped establish after moving to Sand Mountain after The War.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Salem+United+Methodist+Church/@34.3572883,-86.0165337,225m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m15!1m9!2m8!1smethodist+church!3m6!1smethodist+church!2sSkirum+United+Methodist+Church,+2990+Co+Rd+20,+Crossville,+AL+35962!3s0x888a0cf624853857:0x497a1604d32896d!4m2!1d-85.9709284!2d34.3242503!3m4!1s0x0:0x9323b3d5fe57ef64!8m2!3d34.3573162!4d-86.0163617
 
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Thank You! I only had photocopies of part of these documents, as well as his brother Huey.

I saved the file and will print it out and store it in my binder. Once again thank you so very much!
In that case, here's Hugh Y. Spence:

[There's also a Robert Spence; any relation?]
 

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Baxter Springs after action report:

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Report of Lieut. Col. Charles W. Blair, Fourteenth Kansas Cavalry.

HDQRS.,
Fort Scott, Kans., October 15, 1863.
SIR: I have the honor to report to you, for the information of the
major-general commanding, the following particulars, as far as they
came to my knowledge or under my observation, of the late disaster at
Baxter Springs:

On the 4th instant, Maj.-Gen. Blunt, his staff, consisting of Maj. B. S.
Henning, Third Wisconsin Cavalry, provost-marshal; Maj. H. Z. Curtis,
assistant adjutant-general; Lieut. J. E. Tappan, Second Colorado Cavalry,
aide-de-camp, and Lieut. A. W. Farr, Third Wisconsin Cavalry,
judge-advocate, his clerks and orderlies, brigade band, and parts of two
companies of cavalry, respectively under the command of Lieut. Robert [H.]
Pierce, Fourteenth Kansas Cavalry, and Lieut. Josiah G. Cavert, Third
Wisconsin Cavalry, left this place for Fort Blunt, Cherokee Nation. About
4 o'clock on the morning of the 7th instant, Lieut. Tappan returned,
informing me that about 1 o'clock the day previous Gen. Blunt had been
attacked within a few hundred yards of Lieut. Pond's camp, at Baxter
Springs, and the entire command, except the general himself and about 10
men, either killed or taken prisoners, and the baggage and transportation
captured and destroyed. He also informed me that the general could not be
persuaded to come away, but remained with his few men hanging near the
enemy to watch their movements and succor any of the wounded who might be
left alive, while he dispatched him (the lieutenant) to me to inform me of
the circumstances. The lieutenant further stated that the enemy came over
the brow of the hill, just from the direction of Pond's camp. It seemed,
without a doubt, that his little force had been captured and destroyed
also. He was further under the impression that Maj.'s Curtis and Henning
and Lieut. Farr was prisoners.

Within an hour I was en route to the general's relief with three
companies of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry and two companies of the
Second Kansas Colorado Infantry and about 100 cavalry, under Lieut.'s [B.
F.] Josling and [W. B.] Clark. Twenty miles out I met a dispatch from Gen.
Blunt that he was safe with Lieut. Pond, who had been fortunate enough to
repulse the enemy in their attack on his camp. I pushed on, however,
without relaxation, and arrived at the Springs, a distance of 70 miles, in
the afternoon of the second day, although it was the first heavy marching
the infantry had ever attempted. On my arrival I found that the general had
sent off every mounted man he could find, either as scout or messenger, and
had notified the officers in command on the line of the Arkansas River of
the disaster at the Springs, the direction in which the enemy was heading,
and where he would probably cross the river.

The graves were being dug and the dead being carried in for burial as
I arrived. It was a fearful sight; some 85 bodies, nearly all shot through
the head, most of them shot from five to seven times, each, horribly
mangled, charred and blackened by fire. The wounded, who numbered
6 or 7, were all shot at least six times, and it is remarkable fact that,
with the exception of Bennet, of the Third Wisconsin Cavalry, all who
were alive when they were brought in are in a fair way of final recovery.

The circumstances of this double conflict, as well as I can gather them
on the spot, are about these: Quantrill, with a force variously estimated
at from 600 to 1,000, was passing south on the border line of counties in
Missouri, and made a detour, to attack the camp at Baxter Springs, which up
to that time had been defended by one company of colored men, under Lieut.
[R. E.] Cook, and a fragment of a company of the Third Wisconsin Cavalry
only. Fortunately, however, the day before I had sent Lieut. James B. Pond
with part of another company of the Third Wisconsin Cavalry and a mountain
howitzer. The cavalry was, however, all absent with a forage train at the
time the camp was attacked; but the blacks the dismounted men of the
cavalry, the howitzer, and Lieut. Pond were still left. The first attack of
the enemy, at 12 m. of the 6th instant, was so sudden and impetuous that he
was inside the rude, breastworks, and firing pistol shots into the tents,
before our forces recovered from the surprise into which they were thrown
by the onset. They rallied, however, promptly and gallantly, under the
direction of the lieutenant, and, after a severe struggle, repulsed the
enemy, and drove him outside the fortifications. He then concentrated his
force for a more careful attack formed in line of battle, but before the
word could be given to charge, Lieut. Pond opened upon them with the little
howitzer, getting outside his breastworks to operate it, which again threw
them into confusion, and drove them over the brow of the hill. At this
point, it seems, they first perceived Gen. Blunt's little column which had
halted for the wagons and band to close up, and immediately formed in line
to attack it. They formed in two lines, one on the prairie and the other
under the cover of the timber, and commenced the advance. Coming in the
direction they did, the general, of course, supposed it was Lieut. Pond's
cavalry, either on drill or coming out to receive them. For safety,
however, he formed his little force in line of battle, and sent the wagons,
with the band, clerks, orderlies, cooks, and other non-combatants, to the
rear, and then rode about 50 paces to the front, accompanied by his staff,
to reconnoiter and endeavor to ascertain to a certainty what the
approaching force was. Whatever doubts he may have entertained were soon
dispelled, for the front line, firing a volley and raising the guerrilla
yell, charged forward at full speed. The general, turning in his saddle to
order his body guard to advance and fire, saw, with
shame and humiliation, the whole of it in disgraceful flight over the
prairie. There was nothing left for him then but to follow, and attempt to
rally them. He accordingly turned with his staff officers, all except Maj.
Henning, to endeavor to overtake the fugitives. By this time the enemy were
upon and all around them, and their escape with life seemed almost a
miracle. At this time, too, it seems to have struck Maj. Henning that the
enemy approached from an angle which might miss Lieut. Pond's camp, and
that, consequently, he might be safe. With these thoughts, he determined to
strike of the camp, and endeavor to bring Pond's force to the assistance of
the general. Accordingly he charged straight forward at full speed, passing
through a shower of bullets, and through the enemy's line. Deflecting a
little to the right, he was over the brow of the hill before the enemy
could recover from his astonishment at the daring feat. About half-way from
the brow of the hill to the camp, he saw a party of five guerrillas, who
had taken 3 of Lieut. Pond's men prisoners, and were hurrying them off. As
they were directly in his way, and a much larger force behind him, he was
cool enough to reflect that temerity was here discretion, and
instantaneously charged them. He shot 2 of them, killing 1 and frightening
the others so badly that they abandoned the prisoners and took to flight.
He then approached the camp at full speed, swinging his cap around his head
to announce that he was a friend, and, after narrowly escaping being host
by our own men, at length arrived there in safety. He here learned of the
attack on the camp, and that not a cavalryman was left, all being absent
with a forage train. The distant sounds of the battle showed already that
infantry was useless, and he again turned his horse's head in the direction
of the field, and, solitary and alone, forced his way through the scattered
bands of the enemy back to the side of his chief and his little band of
supporters. History should not fail to record such deeds of gallantry and
devotion. Gen. Blunt, in his endeavor to rally his men as fast as he could
catch up with any of the, was frequently thrown behind, and several times
almost surrounded, although mounted in a superior manner. He finally
rallied some 15 men, and, charging his foremost pursuers, compelled them
in turn to retire. He then started Lieut. Tappan with 4 men to me, and
determined with the balance to watch the enemy. They killed our men as fast
as they caught them, sparing none. The members of the band were shot as
they sat in the band-wagons, and it was then set on fire. They rifled all
the trunks, boxes, &c., in the different wagons, and then set them on
fire, with the bodies of the teamsters in them, and all others who
happened to be in them when taken. The non-combatants were slaughtered as
ruthlessly as the soldiers. Lieut. Farr was killed early in the struggle.
Maj. Curtis came very near escaping, although his full uniform and showy
horse made him a conspicuous mark. He was some distance in advance of this
pursuers, when, just as his horse was gathering himself to spring over a
deep ravine, he was struck on the hip with a ball, which so stung or
frightened him that he missed his leap, and, falling short, threw the major
over his head. The horse gathered himself almost instantly, and galloped
wildly over the prairie. The major was first taken prisoner and then
brutally murdered. Thus died as gallant a soldier and as true a gentleman
as ever drew a sword in defense of his country. It may well be said of him,
as of Chevalier Bayard of old, "He was without fear and without reproach."
The enemy seeing that Gen. Blunt persistently kept them in view, keeping
away if pursued, and returning as soon as the pursuit slackened, were no
doubt forced to believe that a large force was approaching, of which
he was only the advance. His persistent following them up doubtless riveted
this conclusion in their minds, as they hurried through their wholesale
work of slaughter, and then moved off slowly to the south. Gen. Blunt
hovered near them until near night, and then returned to the melancholy
work of caring for the wounded and collecting the dead. But few were left
alive, as their evident intention was to kill all. The bodies of Maj.
Curtis and Lieut. Farr were not found until the next day.

Lieut. Pond is entitled to great credit for his gallant defense of his
camp, and Lieut. Pierce also, who strove hard to rally the flying soldiers.
But the men seemed struck by a sudden and uncontrollable panic, and I met
many of them within 10 miles of Fort Scott as I moved out with my force.
The enemy left between 20 and 30 dead on the field, and as their wounded
were taken away with some ambulances and buggies they captured, it is
impossible to state the number.

Disastrous as this engagement has been, it would undoubtedly have been as
bad, if not worse, if Gen. Blunt and his little force had not been near. In
that event, a more careful and combined attack would have been made on
Pond's camp, which, with the force around it, must have finally succumbed,
and every person there would undoubtedly have bee put to death.

The names and number (accurately) of our killed and wounded will be
forwarded ins a subsequent report.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. W. BLAIR,
Lieut.-Col., Cmdg.

Col. OLIVER D. GREENE,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Department of the Missouri.

Source: Official Records
CHAP. XXXIV.] ACTION AT BAXTER SPRINGS, KANS. PAGE 691-32
[Series I. Vol. 22. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 32.]

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Report of Lieut. Josephus Utt, Fourteenth Kansas
Cavalry, of engagement at Poison Spring.

CAMDEN, ARK., April 20, 1864.
SIR: In answer to circular dated April 19, 1864, I have the honor to
submit the following as my report: First. Josephus Utt, first lieutenant,
K Company, Fourteenth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, commanding
detachment comprised of details from Squadrons A, C, E, H, I, and
K-mounted, 50; dismounted, 20; total, 70. On the morning of the 18th
instant, First Lieut. Smith, Company C, Fourteenth Kansas
Volunteer Cavalry, reported to the escort with 20 mounted men; total,
90 men and 2 commissioned officers of the Fourteenth Kansas Volunteer
Cavalry. Second. Missing since the engagement on the 18th instant.*
Third. The conduct of the officers and men was good under the trying
circumstances, being outnumbered eight or nine to one, and entirely
surrounded, none being daunted; continued fighting with the most daring
heroism, determined not to surrender, preferring death. After the right
and left wings were broken and driven in and almost entirely
surrounded, a galling cross-fire broke the columns and it was impossible
to form another line at the rear of the train. Many heroic efforts were
made by the officers and men, though the result was so evident to all.
A line was partly formed where the charging columns of the enemy
were so numerous and their fire so destructive that it was again
abandoned. The entire train being surrounded, and almost the entire
command hemmed in, nothing but surrender or retreat was left. All
preferring death to surrender, all was lost and retreat in the best possible
manner was the only recourse left.

All of which is respectfully submitted, by your very humble servant,

JOSEPHUS UTT,
First Lieut. Co. K. K, 14th Kans. Vol. Cav., Cmdg. Detach.

Col. J. M. WILLIAMS,
Cmdg. Detachment.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 750-61 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. XLVI.
[Series I. Vol. 34. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 61.]
 
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