Elbert S. Feaster

BORN: July 26, 1826

DIED: May 15, 1908
Benton County, Missouri

Major, 4th Infantry Regiment, Eighth Division, Missouri State Guard

Captain, Company D, 11th Missouri Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.

Elbert S. Feaster, son of Levi Feaster, was born July 26, 1827, in Tennessee, but moved with his parents to Benton County, Missouri, in 1841, and with the exception of three years, lived there the remainder of his life. A stockman by profession, he resided in Warsaw. In January, 1850, he married Deborah Cobb, and the union produced a family of three boys and three girls.

When the tocsin of war sounded in Missouri, Feaster took the side of the South. He enlisted in a company raised in Benton County by Captain James D. Gray, which became Company B, 4th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Missouri State Guard. On July 18, 1861, Feaster was elected first lieutenant of the company. In the inferno at Oak Hills (Wilson’s Creek) on August 10, he was wounded in the thigh. He subsequently was elected major of the 4th Infantry on October 23 in recognition of his brave deeds as an officer and soldier. The 4th Infantry was mustered out of state service in December.

When Missouri units were organized for service in the Confederacy, Feaster again stepped forward. He was elected captain of Company D, in a regiment that eventually was designated as the 11th Missouri Infantry Regiment, General Mosby Monroe Parsons’ Missouri Brigade, in the Trans-Mississippi Department. Feaster led his company at the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena and Jenkins’ Ferry, all in Arkansas, and at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana during the Banks’ Red River Campaign. He led his company with bravery and distinction. He received his parole at Shreveport, Louisiana on June 8, 1865.

Following the war Feaster located in Texas for a short time but soon returned to Benton County. Once again he engaged himself as a stockman. It is said that he was well known throughout the county, and that other stockmen always inquired of Captain Feaster for his hospitality and information regarding the cattle business.

Elbert Feaster’s wife passed away in 1901, and he then married Mrs. Maggie Hammonds in 1902. This second marriage produced one daughter.

Captain Feaster was recognized as a man of more than ordinary ability and was strong and active, both mentally and physically, until he suffered a stroke and paralysis in 1905. He bore his affliction with patience and his usual courage until he died May 15, 1908. The following day a large number of relatives and friends followed his remains to the Shiloh M. E. Church, South, where the Reverend W. K. White conducted an impressive service, after which the Masonic Fraternity took charge of the casket and he was then laid to rest beside his first wife.

The local newspaper offered the following parting words for Captain Feaster: "As a citizen, Capt. Feaster was loyal to his country; a Christian, he was ready to shoulder the burdens of the day; as husband and father, he was always willing to administer to their needs. He bore his illness with patience until the threads of life were worn out and the spirit ready for its flight."

The good captain had left a legacy worth emulating.

Sources: Obituary in Kathleen Kelly White and Kathleen White Miles, The History of Benton County, Missouri, Vol. 1, and Richard C. Peterson, et. al., Sterling Price’s Lieutenants.

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