Stoddard County Confederate Memorial

Photo of Stoddard County Confederate Memorial

Confederate section of the Bloomfield Cemetery.

     Two thirty foot flag poles were donated by the Brown family of Dexter, Missouri. The Brown's daughter-in-law, Robin, is a descendent of Privates Smith and Stephen Minton of Co. D 6th Missouri Infantry ( see below).  NOTE: On one flag pole, flies a Confederate battle flag, underneath it flies a battle flag of Missouri. On the other flag pole is a United State flag and a Missouri State flag.

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     The above stones are for two brothers that served on the legendary ironclad, the CSS Arkansas.  Stephan Minton, age 16,  was a curious Irish lad whom Capt. Brown made reference to in the ship's log. Minton had stuck his head out of a gunport for a view and was immediately decapitated by an enemy shell. The Captain unkowningly asked another Missouri gunner,  Smith Minton (Stephan's brother) to "throw that body overboard,". Smith Minton's reply was, "I can't sir, that's my brother."  Smith Minton would survive the war but die of illness in Texas where he lies buried in an unmarked grave.  While the Minton brother's remains lie elsewhere, their memory lives on in Stoddard County where they enlisted in 1861.  See also reverse side of Smith Minton's and reverse side of Stephan Minton's stones. 

Stoddard County Confederate Memorial Project

     The Stoddard County Confederate Memorial, also known as "Stoddard County Civil War Memorial" was spearheaded by Larry Arnold (member of the Col. Solomon G. Kitchen Camp, No. 1731) of Dexter, Missouri.  The project, while not yet completed, has been made possible by using military markers provided by the Veterans Administration, as well as a combination of other resources (i.e. donations from area businesses, Confederate descendants, and thousands of dollars of  personal funds donated by compatriot Arnold himself.)  While Arnold has sacrificed endless hours of labor, the project's success could not have been achieved without Ruth Wilson (originally of Bloomfield, Mo. ) who handled both paperwork and manual labor with equal devotion. Other Missouri Division SCV members helping with this project were Jim Mayo and Gary Parkin of the Col. A.S. Riley Camp, No. 791 (New Madrid, Mo.). According to Larry Arnold there is still much work ahead, including the installation of six 1861-1865 replica cannons, additional headstones, and a paved parking lot.

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"History Of The Idea and How It Became A Reality"

     Larry Arnold of Dexter, Mo. had an idea which began about 25 years ago. That idea, through lots of hard work, became reality in the development of the impressive Civil War cemetery which is now a part of Bloomfield Cemetery.  Arnold explains how the idea began:

"I was doing some work in St. James, Mo. and was staying with some friends.  They knew I was a Civil War buff so they took me to an old cemetery out in the woods where they had found three Confederate Civil War soldier's markers. Two of the stones just had the usual information, name, and dates.  But on the back of the third stone was inscribed, 'killed by the Yankees, at the Battle of Booneville, Mo'. "Arnold said that little bit of information on the third stone stayed in his memory. Whenever I would see another military stone, I would always think, "How sad that they didn't put the same information on them."

     When Jim McGhee and Jim Mayo published their book, "Stoddard Grays", (an informational book about Confederate soldiers from Stoddard County), Arnold started to get an idea. "I thought it would be neat to order grave markers for the 117 plus Stoddard Countians that died during the war and inscribe where and how they died on the back. When I conceived the idea there was 117 known Stoddard Countians.  We now know of 121 soldiers, 9 civilians--'Political' prisoners who died in prison at Alton, Illinois, plus 22 non-Stoddard Countians who are buried in this location; their home counties are inscribed on the back of the stones.  We also have 9 markers on order." Even though their bodies lie from Mine Creek, Kansas, in the West, to Petersburg, Virginia, to the East, on the battlefields of the South, and under the former POW camps of the North, their names and sacrifices will once again be remembered and spoken of in their home county they loved so much and were willing to die for.

     Larry Arnold then called Glenn Whitener, owner of Whitener Monuments in Kennett and Hayti, Mo. and McHaney Monuments in Blytheville, Ark.  (Glenn is also a  member of  Col. A. C. Riley Camp No. 791).  Arnold explained his idea and asked what he would charge to inscribe the historical facts about each soldier's death on the back of their stone. "To my total amazement, Glenn said, 'No charge'. Not feeling that this was fair, I suggested $25.00.  After much discussion, Glenn counter-offered with $10. After some more haggling, we finally agreed on $15.00 a stone. The American free enterprise system at work, it's easier to lose money than it is to make it."

     I knew this would not even cover the cost of the cutting material.  With the help of Ruth Wilson, Arnold ordered the first stone on June 7, 1995, from the Veterans Administration.  It takes six months to a year to receive them after they are ordered. As they received the stones, they would take them to Whitener's to be cut, then pick them up and take them to the cemetery where they then set them permanently in concrete.  While they were setting out the last of the 104 stones Whitener had cut, Chris Lily, owner of Lily Monuments Company in Marble Hill, Mo., happened to come by.  After seeing what they were doing, he offered to help and take some of the workload off the Whitener's.

     It didn't take Arnold long to take him up on his offer. On August 11, 1998, he delivered 26 stones to Lily.  Three days later, Lily called to tell him the stones were ready. There are presently 152 stones set, cut by both Whitener's Monuments and Lily's Monuments companies. In addition, Lily's cut  the sonnet (white marble, 51/2 feet wide, 31/2 feet tall, with 2 inch lettering, delivered and set) and would accept no pay.  The residents of Stoddard County owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to Glenn Whitener and Chris Lily for their unwavering generosity in time and money.  They have willingly given to this project of honoring our ancestors.  It would have been impossible without them. And a special thanks to Ervin Byrd of Whitners. 

   Most recently an information bulletin board has been installed. Wood materials mostly furnished by Chritian and Dowdy Lumber Company, Dexter, Missouri. Bullet proof glass furnished by Pruitt Glass Co., by owner John Pruitt, who also is the Mayor of Dexter. Cedar shingles installed by Ray Ezzell (Dexter, Mo.). Construction by Barb Ellis, Ruth Wilson and Larry Arnold.

     Stoddard County is privileged to have the only Civil War cemetary in the nation with the history where and how each man died during the war is recorded on back of each tombstone.

     Each individual grave marker is engraved on back with an explanation how and where each soldier died. No other cemetery in the nation has this degree of information made available on each grave marker. The above example for noted Guerilla John Bolin, tells that he was captured, incarcerated and hanged on Feb 5, 1864.


Directions to Bloomfield Cemetery:

     "Northbound Highway 25, 4-way stop in Bloomfield, Turn Right on Highway "E", go almost to top of hill, turn right again on County Road Number 517, go 400 yards. You will see the flag poles and markers ahead."

Ruth Wilson Larry Arnold

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Each Confederate memorial day,  Ruth Wilson (left) and Larry Arnold (right) decorated Confederate graves with  miniature  battle flags.

  Approximately 800 Stoddard countians served in the ranks of the Confederate forces during the "War Between the States".  A nearly complete listing of these men (including notes on each soldier) has been provided by the research work of James E. McGhee (Gen. Mosby Monroe Parsons Camp, No. 718) and James R. Mayo (A.C. Riley Camp, No. 791). The book,  "Stoddard Grays: Confederate Soldiers of Stoddard County, Missouri 1861-1865", 2nd Edition is available for sale with the proceeds going for the maintenance of the Stoddard County Confederate cemetery.   Books may be ordered by sending a $10 check (plus $1.25 shipping/handling), payable to "Stoddard County Civil War Memorial Cemetery" to: Larry J. Arnold, 1119 N. Mulberry, Dexter, Mo. 63841.  Donations are welcome as well.  Any inquiries are welcome.  You may call Ruth Wilson at 573-624-6168. Or by email: larrya@sheltonbbs.com
 

Confederate Stones in the Bloomfield Cemetery

 Currently 152 Markers Total

Confederate Battle Flags

 

FIRST ROW:                                     INSCRIPTION ON BACK OF MARKER
 
 
 
Jasper Moore, Pvt.                                           County Unknown
Company H, 3 Inf. Regt. MSG                           Died of Illness
CSA                                                               Bloomfield, Mo.
Born:   Mar. 12, 1842                                       Sept. 27, 1861
Died:   Sept. 27, 1861
 
 
Washington B. Howell, Sgt.                               Died of Illness
Company B, McDonald's Battery                        Duck Hill, Ms.
Born:   Dec. 15, 1824                         
Died:   June 20, 1862
 
 
W. Robinson, Pvt.                                             Mississippi County
Company B, 1st Inf. Bn. MSG                            Died after Battle of
Born:   June 2, 1834                                          Fredricktown
Died:   Oct. 23, 1861                                         Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
John Cawthorn, Capt.                                         Died as a
Company H, 2nd Inf. Regt.                                  POW at
1st Div., MSG                                                    Johnstons Island, Oh.
Born:   July 12, 1819
Died:   Nov. 18, 1862
 
 
J. Robert Kirkpatrick, Pvt.                                   Scott County
Company E, 4th Inf. Regt., MSG                         Cause of death unknown
Born:   Feb. 16, 1831                                         Bloomfield, Mo.
Died:   Oct. 18, 1861
 
 
Stephen Taylor, CITIZEN                                     "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                Died of Illness
Born:   July 20, 1810                                           Alton, Il.
Died:   Oct. 26, 1862
 
 
David Ellsworth, CITIZEN                                     "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                Died of Illness
Born:   Mar. 16, 1818                                          Gratiot Prison
Died:   Nov. 23, 1862                                           St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Robert B. Young, Pvt.                                          County Unknown
Company H, 3rd Inf. Regt, MSG                            Cause of death unknown
Born:   June 2, 1843                                             Bloomfield, Mo.
Died:   Sept. 2, 1861
 
 
Andrew J. Black, Pvt.                                           Killed in Action
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                            Place Unknown
Born:   April 16, 1844
Died:      -     -    1863
 
 
William Gaines, Pvt.                                             POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                            Died of Illness
Born:   May 3, 1845                                             Gratiot Prison
Died:   Mar. 7, 1863                                             St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Wm. B. Cravey, Pvt.                                             Killed in Action
Company F, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                            Quinn's Mill, Ms.
Born:   June 11, 1837           
Died:   June 16, 1863
 
 
Thomas Carnaham, Pvt.                                        POW
-----,  6th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                        Died of Illness
Born:   May 31, 1844                                            Alton, Il.
Died:   Mar. 9, 1863
 
 
Coley Jenkins, Pvt.                                               Died of Illness
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                               Grenada, Ms.
Mo. Brgd.
Born:   Aug. 6, 1828
Died:   July 11, 1862
 
 
Elisha Riddle, CITIZEN                                          "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                  Died of Illness
Born:   July 20, 1816                                             Alton, Il.
Died:   Mar. 4, 1863
 
 
Archibald Offut, Pvt.                                               Killed in Action
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                Vicksburg, Ms.
Born:   Jan. 14, 1842
Died:   May 26, 1863
 
 
Theophilus J. McKee, Pvt.                                      Cape Girardeau County
Company A, 2nd Cav. Regt. MSG                           Cause of death Unknown
Born:   April 10, 1843                                             Bloomfield, Mo.
Died:   Oct. 10, 1861
 
 
Geo. J. Dowdy, Pvt.                                               Died of Illness
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                             Salem, Ms.
Born:   July 15, 1841
Died:   Aug. 14, 1862
 
 
James T. Dowdy, Pvt.                                             Died of Illness
-----, McDonald's Battery                                         Randolph County, Ar.
Born:   May 12, 1836
Died:   June 1, 1862
 
 
Joseph D. Brazeau, Lt.                                           Killed
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Trying to Escape
Recruiting Officer                                                   Bloomfield, Mo.
Born:   Feb. 17, 1837
Died:   Mar. 1, 1863
 
 
Wm. H. Fawcett, Pvt.                                             Died of Illness
Company D, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Camden, Ar.
Born:   May 15, 1837
Died:   Feb. 10, 1864
 
 
James R. Horton, Pvt.                                            POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Died of Illness
Born:   July 5, 1842                                                Rock Island Prison
Died:   Feb. 16, 1864                                              Illinois
 
 
P. Gordon Cravey, Pvt.                                            Killed in Action
Company F, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Colliersville, Tn.
Born:   July 12, 1835
Died:   Oct. 11, 1863
 
 
Jonathan W. Horton, Pvt.                                        POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Died of Illness
Born:   June 20, 1843                                             Gratiot Prison
Died:   Mar. 27, 1863                                              St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Jesse Horton, Pvt.                                                  POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Died of Illness
Born:   July 7, 1837                                                Alton, Il.
Died:   Dec. 18, 1862
 
 
Martin Wm. Craig, Pvt.                                           Died of Illness
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                Duck Hill, Ms.
Mo. Brigade
Born:   July 5, 1843
Died:   June 1, 1862
 
 
Isaac N. Hodges, Pvt.                                             POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Died of Illness
Born:   July 2, 1838                                               Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
Died:   April 10, 1863
 
 
Geo. W. Edmundson, Pvt.                                      POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Died of Illness
Born:   June 20, 1843                                             Gratiot Prison
Died:   Feb. 19, 1863                                              St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
John Horton, Pvt.                                                    POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                               Died of Illness
Born:   Aug. 1, 1822                                                Gratiot Prison
Died:   Mar. 14, 1863                                               St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Wm. Baker, Pvt.                                                     Died of Illness
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Plantersville, Ms.
Born:   April 20, 1841
Died:   July 15, 1862
 
 
John Phillips, Pvt.                                                    Captured
-----, 6th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                            Bloomfield, Mo.
Born:   May 24, 1823                                               Died of Illness
Died:   Mar. 1, 1863                                                 Alton, Il.
 
 
David Shrum, Pvt.                                                    Captured
Company C, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                Mine Creek, Ks.
Born:   April 20, 1841                                               Died of Illness
Died:  Jan. 2, 1865                                                  Rock Island, Il.
 
 
Francis M. Underwood, Pvt.                                     Killed in Action
Company D, 6th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                 Vicksburg, Ms.
Born:   Mar. 15, 1842
Died:   May 29, 1863
 
 
Frank Webb, Pvt.                                                    Captured
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                               Yellville, Ar.
Born:   Sept. 4, 1844                                               Died of Illness
Died:   Dec. 23, 1864                                              Alton, Il.
 
 
Wm. C. Welch, Pvt.                                                Captured
Company H, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                               Stoddard County
Born:   Jan. 22, 1838                                               Died of Illness
Died:   April 9, 1863                                                Myrtle Street Prison
                                                                            St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Wm. H. Neil, Pvt.                                                   Captured
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Died Aboard U.S.S.
Born:   Jan. 15, 1838                                               John Rice
Died:   Feb. 26, 1865
 
 
Billington Offut, 2 Lt.                                               Cause or Place
Company A, 2nd Inf. Regt.                                       of Death
1 Div.  MSG                                                            Not Known
Born:   Feb. 24, 1840
Died:   Nov.  -- ,  1861
 
 
James A. Logan, 1 Sgt.                                           Killed in Action
Company C, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Near
Born:   Jan. 10, 1837                                              Greenville, Mo.
Died:   Feb. 4, 1863
 
 
Thomas McKinney, Pvt.                                           Killed in Action
Company A, 15th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              In
Born:   July 16, 1845                                               Ripley County, Mo.
Died:   Dec. 25, 1863

 

SECOND ROW:

 
 
"In Memory of"                                                        This Stone is dedicated
UnKnown Confederate Soldier                                  to those Confederate Soldiers
CSA                                                                      who served from, or
1861-1865                                                              are buried in Stoddard
                                                                             County whom we
                                                                             could not verify
 
 
Calvin Fields, Pvt.                                                    Killed at
Company B, Mo. Brgd.                                            Baker's Creek, Ms.
Born:   Mar. 21, 1843                                               Dawson's Battery
Died:   May 16, 1863
 
 
James Burress, Pvt.                                                 Killed in Action
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                   5-1-1863
Born:   April 27, 1838                                                Port Gibson, Ms.
Died:   May 1, 1863
 
 
H. H. Kinder, Pvt.                                                      Bollinger County
Company B, 4th Inf. Regt., MSG                                Died at Bloomfield
Born:   April 13, 1833                                                After Battle of
Died:   Nov. 10, 1861                                                 Fredricktown, Mo.
 
 
Nathaniel Wheat, Pvt.                                                Butler County
Company B, 2nd Inf. Bn. MSG                                   Died at Bloomfield
Born:   Mar. 17, 1841                                                After Battle of
Died:   Oct. 22, 1861                                                 Fredricktown, Mo.
 
 
John Hahn, Pvt.                                                         Killed in Action
Company C, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                  Mine Creek, Ks.
Born:   Feb. 16, 1841                                                 Prices' Mo. Raid
Died:   Oct. 25, 1864
 
 
Wm. Beckett, Pvt.                                                      County Unknown
Company H, 3rd Inf. Regt.                                           Died at Bloomfield
Born:   July 2, 1841                                                     After Battle of
Died:   Nov. 3, 1861                                                    Fredricktown, Mo.
 
 
Benjamin H. Wilburn, Pvt.                                            County Unknown
Company H, 3rd Inf. Regt. MSG                                   Died at Bloomfield
Born:   May 5, 1838                                                     Cause of Death
Died:   Oct. 16, 1861                                                   Unknown
 
 
John Fugate Bolin, Pvt.                                                Noted Guerilla
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                   Captured
Born:   Jan. 23, 1836                                                    Incarcerated
Died:   Feb. 5, 1864                                                      In Cape Girardeau
                                                                                   1864
                                                                                   Hanged by Mob
                                                                                   1864
 
 
Smith Minton, Pvt.                                                        Gunner on CSS
Company D, 6th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                       Arkansas Ironclad
Mo. Brigade                                                                 Capt. Brown, "THROW
Born:   Aug. 9, 1838                                                     THAT BODY OVERBOARD"
Died:   Mar. 17, 1865                                                    "I CAN'T SIR-  THAT'S
                                                                                   MY BROTHER"
 
 
Stephen Minton, Pvt.                                                     Killed in Action
Company D, 6th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                       Gunner on CSS
Mo. Brigade                                                                  Arkansas Ironclad
Born:   Jan. 14, 1846                                                     Decapitated
Died:   July 15, 1862                                                     Buried In
                                                                                   Yazoo River
                                                                                    Mississippi
 
 
J. J. Alsup, Pvt.                                                              Killed in
Company --, 4th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                         Railroad Accident
Mo. Brigade                                                                   Duck Hill, Ms.
Born:   Aug. 1, 1842
Died:   Oct. 18, 1862
 
 
John J. Brock, Pvt.                                                          Died of Illness
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                         Vicksburg, Ms.
Mo. Brigade
Born:   June 19, 1843
Died:   June 18, 1863
 
 
Jesse A. Curd, Pvt.                                                         Wounded
Company C, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                      Left on Battlefield
Born:   July 17, 1840                                                       Holly Springs, Ms.
Died:   Dec. 20, 1862
 
 
Wilson Johnson, Jr., Pvt.                                                 Died of Illness
Company C, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                      Wayne County, Mo.
Born:   June 25, 1843             
Died:   Mar. 27, 1862
 
 
David Johnson, Pvt.                                                         Died of Illness
Company C, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                      Wayne County, Mo.
Born:   June 25, 1820
Died:   Aug. 10, 1862
 
 
Sterling B. Johnson, Pvt.                                                  Died of Illness
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                          Canton, Ms.
Mo. Brigade
Born:   July 6, 1832
Died:   Nov. 13, 1862
 
 
Wilson Johnson, Sr., Sgt.                                                Died of Wounds
Company C, 8th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                       Batesville, Ar.
Born:   May 25, 1823
Died:   Feb. 1, 1863
 
 
James O. Hull, Orderly Sgt.                                             Editor
Company D, 6th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                         Bloomfield Herald
Mo. Brigade                                                                   Birthplace of the
Born:   July 15, 1830                                                       Stars and Stripes
Died:   Aug. 30, 1863                                                      Newspaper
 
 
Albert Bennett, Pvt.                                                         Died of Illness
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                         Grenada, Ms.
Mo. Brigade
Born:   July 12, 1835
Died:   Aug. 1, 1862
 
 
John Abbott, Pvt.                                                             Killed in Action
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                       Colliersville, Tn.
Born:   July 12, 1843
Died:   Oct. 11, 1863
 
 
J. A. Johnston, Pvt.                                                           POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                         Died of Illness
Born:   Oct. 1, 1843                                                          Alton, Il.
Died:   Dec. 14, 1863
 
 
Jefferson Riddle, Pvt.                                                         Died of Illness
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                           Duck Hill, Ms.
Born:   Aug. 9, 1840
Died:   June 15, 1862
 
 
Wm. Jones, Pvt.                                                               POW
Company --, 4th Mo. Field Artillery                                     Died of Illness
Born:   April 30, 1816                                                        Alton, Il.
Died:   Dec. 1, 1864
 
 
John W. Dameron, Pvt.                                                     Died of Illness
Company --, Preston's 5th Mo. Cav. Bn.                             Bloomfield, Mo.
Born:   May 16, 1831
Died:   Dec. 23, 1862
 
 
Milton Dameron, Pvt.                                                         POW
Company B, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                         Died of Illness
Born:  July 10, 1844                                                          Alton, Il.
Died:  Dec. 31, 1864
 
 
Robert Caldwell, Pvt.                                                         Killed in Action
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                        Corinth, Ms.
Born:   Aug. 1, 1833
Died:   Oct. 3, 1862
 
 
Isaac Jones, Pvt.                                                              POW
Company C, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt. MSG                               Died of Illness
Born:   July 12, 1809                                                        St. Louis, Mo.
Died:   Jan. 16, 1862
 
 
James Edmundson, Pvt.                                                   POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                        Died of Illness
Born:   Aug. 1, 1844                                                         Little Rock, Ar.
Died:   Oct. 27, 1864
 
 
Wm. H. Rhodes, Pvt.                                                       Died of Illness
Company C, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                        Near
Born:   June 1, 1842                                                        Pocahontas, Ar.
Died:   Nov. 1, 1862
 
 
Henry H. Dennis, Pvt.                                                       Captured
Company B, 2nd Mo. Inf. Regt. MSG                                  8-3-62
Born:   Jan. 14, 1825                                                        Stoddard County
Died:   Nov. 15, 1862                                                        Died of Illness
                                                                                      Alton, Il.
 
 
Daniel Harty, Pvt.                                                             Died of Illness
Company B, Preston's Cav. Bn.                                        12-27-62
Born:   June 6, 1842                                                         Pocahontas, Ar.
Died:   Dec. 27, 1862
 
 
Stephen C. Huzza, 3 Lt.                                                   Captured
Company C, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                         3-28-63
Born:   Mar. 4, 1838                                                         Stoddard County
Died:   May 15, 1863                                                        Exchanged City Point, Va.
                                                                                           Died of Illness
                                                                                           5-15-63
 
 
Wm. R. Wright, CITIZEN                                                   "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                              Died of Illness
Born:   April 26, 1810                                                        Alton, Il.
Died:   Nov. 7, 1862                                                           11-7-62
 
 
Wm. J. Briggs, Pvt.                                                           POW
Company C, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                         Alton, Il.
Born:   July 13, 1840                                                         Died of Smallpox
Died:   Feb. 1, 1865                                                           2-1-65
 
 
Ozias F. Gains, Pvt.                                                          Captured
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                          1-27-63
Born:   July 2, 1840                                                            at Bloomfield, Mo.
Died:   Feb. 25, 1863                                                          Died of Illness
                                                                                        Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
                                                                                        2-25-63
 
 
James Nations, CITIZEN                                                     "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                                Died of Illness
Born:   May 22, 1813                                                          Alton, Il.
Died:   Oct. 4, 1862                                                            10-4-62
 
 
George Teidrick, Pvt.                                                           Prices' Mo. Raid
Company A, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                           Died of Wounds
Born:   Aug. 24, 1843                                                          Camden, Ar.
Died:   Dec. 6, 1864

 

THIRD ROW
 
 
James McKinney, Pvt.                                          Died of Illness
Company D, 2 Inf. Regt, MSG                               Bloomfield, Mo.
Born:   May 1, 1840                                             Oct. 15, 1861
Died:   Oct. 15, 1861
 
 
Wesley Bell, Pvt.                                                  Died of Illness
Company E, 4th Inf. Regt, MSG                             Bloomfield, Mo.
Born:   May 19, 1837        
Died:   Nov. 10, 1861
 
 
Geo. R. Nations, Pvt.                                             Killed in Action
Company A, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Greensboro, Ar.
Born:   Jan. 14, 1846
Died:   Aug. 16, 1862
 
 
Francis M. Foster, Pvt.                                           Killed in Action in
Company C, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                             Mississippi
Born:   May 26, 1839                                             Place Unknown
Died:   July 15, 1862
 
 
James A. E. Williams, Pvt.                                     Died of Causes
Company F, 10th Mo. Inf. Regt.                              Unknown in
Born:   Aug. 9, 1841                                               Lawrence County
Died:   July 18, 1864                                              Arkansas
 
 
David Sheeks, Pvt.                                                 Mississippi County
Company B, 1st MSG Inf. Bn                                  Died of Illness
Born:   April 16, 1841                                             Bloomfield, Mo.
Died:   Nov. 2, 1861
 
 
Asa V. Ladd, Pvt.                                                   Captured
Company H, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                               Sedalia, Mo.
Born:   Jan. 14, 1829                                                10-16-64
Died:   Oct. 29, 1864                                               Executed at
                                                                             St. Louis, Mo.
                                                                               10-29-64 In retaliation for execution of Union Soldiers
I                                                                        
 
John Lovelace, Jr. 2nd Lt.                                        Died of Illness
Company C, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                               In
Born:   May 13, 1842                                              Missouri
Died:   Nov. 1, 1862                                                Place Unknown
 
 
John F. Click, Pvt.                                                  Died of Illness
Company H, 1st Mo. Inf. Regt.                                 Ft. Pillow, Tn.
Born:   Mar. 21, 1839
Died:   May 26, 1862
 
 
Jesse Rose, Pvt.                                                    Died of Illness
Company B, 3rd Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Plantersville, Ms.
Born:   July 6, 1843
Died:   Sept. 1, 1862
 
 
Carney H. Welch, Sgt.                                             Captured
Company H, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                Conway, Ar.
Born:   Aug. 4, 1830                                                 6-19-64
Died:   Nov. 11, 1864                                                Died of Illness
                                                                              Little Rock, Ar.
 
 
William Snead, Pvt.                                                  Died of Illness
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                On Mobile and
Born:   July 14, 1843                                                 Ohio Rail Road
Died:   July 1, 1862                                                   Mississippi
 
 
Henry Rich, Pvt.                                                       Killed in Action
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                  In Seige of
Mo. Brigade                                                            Vicksburg, Ms.
Born:   July 12, 1840
Died:   June 22, 1863
 
 
Jesse Cate, Pvt.                                                       Executed by
Company ---, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                Parties Unknown
Born:   June 13, 1838                                                Cline's Island
Died:   April 8, 1863                                                  Stoddard County
                                                                               Missouri
 
 
Andrew J. Phelan, Pvt.                                               POW
Company B, Preston's Mo. Cav. Bn.                           Died of Illness
Born:   July 10, 1828                                                 St. Louis, Mo.
Died:   Feb. 27, 1863
 
 
John R. Thompson, Pvt.                                             Captured
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                  10-18-1864
Born:   Aug. 1, 1822                                                   Lexington, Mo.
Died:   Mar. 18, 1865                                                  Died of Illness
                                                                                Camp Morton, In.
 
 
Geo. F. Barham, Pvt.                                                 Captured
Company H, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                  Mine Creek, Ks.
Born:   June 12, 1838                                                  10-25-64
Died:   Dec. 25, 1864                                                  Died of Illness
                                                                                 Alton, Il.
 
 
John A. Priddy, Pvt.                                                    Killed in Action
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                     Port Gibson, Ms.
Mo. Brigade
Born:   April 21, 1839
Died:   May 1, 1863
 
 
Calvin J. Black, Pvt.                                                    POW
Company B, Preston's Mo. Cav. Bn.                            Died of Illness
Born:   July 10, 1828                                                  St. Louis, Mo.
Died:   Feb. 27, 1863
 
 
John Chasteen, Pvt.                                                    POW
Company I, 8th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                    Paroled at
Born:   July 2, 1822                                                    Bloomfield, Mo.
Died:   Oct. 4, 1863                                                    Murdered while
                                                                                Enroute Home
 
 
Thomas J. Ramsey, Pvt.                                             Captured
Company C, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                   3-1-1863
Born:   May 20, 1834                                                  Died of Illness
Died:   April 27, 1863                                                  Jefferson Barracks,
                                                                                 Mo.
 
 
Harvey Pirtle, Pvt.                                                       POW
Company I, 8th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                    Died of Illness
Born:   Feb. 12, 1839                                                  Jefferson Barracks,
Died:   Nov. 8, 1862                                                    Mo.
 
 
John R. Riddle, Pvt.                                                    Died of Illness
Company D, 6th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                    Wyatt's Ferry,
Born:   1843                                                               Mississippi
Died:   1862
 
 
Wm. P. Anderson (Union) Pvt.                                     Died of Illness
Company C, 12th Mo. State Militia                               Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Born:   Dec. 9, 1821
Died:   April 6, 1862
 
 
Squire Owens, 1 Lt.                                                    Captured
Company E, 2nd Inf. Regt.                                           Stoddard County, Mo.
1 Div. MSG                                                                 5-12-1862
Born:   June 11, 1832                                                  Died of Illness
Died:   Aug. 1, 1862                                                    Alton, Il.
 
 
James F. Atchley, Pvt.                                                POW
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                     Died of Illness
Mo. Brigade                                                               Camp Morton, In.
Born:   June 30, 1836
Died:   Nov. 30, 1863
 
 
James H. Singleton, Pvt.                                             Missing in Action
Company D, 6th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                     Champions Hill, Ms.
Mo. Brigade
Born:   May 14, 1837
Died:   May 16, 1863
 
 
Wm. B. West, Pvt.                                                     Died of Illness
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                  In
Born:   1843                                                               Mississippi
Died:   1862
 
 
James Miller, Pvt.                                                       POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                   Died of Illness
Born:   Feb. 20, 1836                                                  Alton, Il.
Died:   Jan. 8, 1865
 
 
Jasper N. Dockins, Pvt.                                               Killed in Action
Company H, 3rd Mo. Cav. Bn.                                      Allatoona, Ga.
Born:   June 12, 1837                                                   10-5-64
Died:   Oct. 5, 1864
 
 
Wm. R. Dockins, Pvt.                                                  Killed in Action
Company H, 3rd Mo. Cav. Bn.                                      Allatoona, Ga.
Born:   Mar. 28, 1839                                                   10-5-64
Died:   Oct. 5, 1864
 
 
Wm. C. Henson, Pvt. POW                                          Captured
Company I, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                      9-10-63
Born:   Aug. 6, 1838                                                     Little Rock, Ar.
Died:   Oct. 23, 1863                                                    Died of Illness
                                                                                  Gratiot Prison
                                                                                  St. Louis, Mo.
                                                                                  10-23-63
 
 
Samuel Henson, Pvt.                                                     Died of Illness
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                       Saltillo, Ms.
Born:   July 17, 1839                                                      9-6-62
Died:   Sept. 6, 1862
 
 
Robert J. Whitehead, Pvt.                                              Killed in Action
Haislip's Company                                                        Mine Creek, Ks.
4th Mo. Cav. Regt.
Born:   April 16, 1837
Died:   Oct. 25, 1864
 
 
David Jenkins, Pvt.                                                        Captured
Company C, Preston's Cav. Bn.                                      3-1-63
Born:   July 31, 1840                                                     Stoddard County
Died:   April 14, 1863                                                     Died of Illness
                                                                                   Myrtle Street Prison
                                                                                   St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Robert Willis, CITIZEN                                                   "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                           Exchanged
Born:   1814                                                                  Died of Illness
Died:   1863                                                                  Jackson, Ms.
 
 
Aaron McCollom, Pvt.                                                    Died of Wounds
Company G, 8th Ms. Cav.                                              Montgomery, Al.
Born:   1839
Died:   1864
 
 
Cole Johnson, 2 Sgt.                                                     St. Francois County
Company F, 2nd Cav. Regt. MSG                                   Died After Battle
Born:   Mar. 28, 1834                                                     Of Fredricktown,
Died:   Nov. 1, 1861                                                       Bloomfield, Mo.

 

FOURTH ROW
 
 
David Newkirk, Pvt.                                                Died of Illness
Company D, 2 Inf. Regt. MSG                                 Bloomfield, Mo.
CSA                                                                     Sept. 25, 1861
Born:   April 20, 1820
Died:   Sept. 25, 1861
 
 
James Ramsey, Pvt.                                              Captured
Company B, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                              Little Rock, Ar.
Born:   May 19, 1842                                              Died of Illness
Died:   Aug. 7, 1864                                               Alton, Il.
 
 
W. M. Walker, 1 Cpl.                                             Mississippi County
Company B, 1st Inf. Bn. MSG.                               Died After Battle
Born:   June 1, 1832                                              Of
Died:   Nov. 5, 1861                                               Fredricktown,
                                                                           Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
John Stephens, Pvt.                                               County Unknown
Company H, 3rd Inf. Regt, MSG                              Cause of Death
Born:   June 1, 1842                                               Unknown
Died:   Oct. 3, 1861                                                Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
F. Booker, Pvt.                                                       Mississippi County
Company B, 1st Inf. Bn. MSG                                 Cause of Death
Born:   April 28, 1828                                              Unknown
Died:   Aug. 19, 1861                                              Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
Calvin Watts, Pvt.                                                    Madison County
Company H, 3rd Inf. Regt. MSG                                Died at Bloomfield
Born:   May 20, 1843                                               After Battle of
Died:   Nov. 1, 1861                                                 Fredricktown, Mo.
 
 
Allen Seabaugh, 2 Lt.                                              Bollinger County
Company E, 4th Inf. Regt, MSG                               Died at Bloomfield
Born:   May 3, 1824                                                After Battle of
Died:   Oct. 25, 1861                                               Fredricktown, Mo.
 
 
Chester B. Reeves, 3 Lt.                                          Died in Oct. or Nov.
Company C, 2nd Inf. Regt.                                        1861
1 Div., MSG                                                            Cause and Place
Born:   1823                                                            Unknown
Died:   1861
 
 
Eli Braden, Pvt.                                                       County Unknown
Company H, 3rd Inf. Regt. MSG                               Cause of Death
Born:   April 20, 1841                                               Unknown
Died:   Oct. 11, 1861                                               Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
George Baker, Pvt.                                                  Deserted CSA
Company ---, 13th Mo. Battery (Griswold's)                Joined USA
Born:   Jan. 18, 1838                                               Captured by CSA
Died:   July 28, 1863                                                Hanged by CSA
 
 
Wm. James Vaughn, Pvt.                                         Captured
Company H, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                Died of Illness
Born:   Jan. 17, 1840                                                Little Rock, Ar.
Died:   Feb. 25, 1865
 
 
Daniel Warren, Pvt.                                                   Captured
Company ---, Unit Unknown, (Mo. Regt.)                     Died of Illness
(Recruit)                                                                   Alton, Il.
Born:   Aug. 5, 1830
Died:   Nov. 22, 1862
 
 
Samuel Shikle, Pvt.                                                   Captured
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                  Died of Illness
Born:   July 14, 1823                                                  Rock Island, Il.
Died:   Feb. 12, 1864
 
 
Henry Nance, Pvt.                                                      Killed in Action
Company ---, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                  Date and Place
Born:   1843                                                               Unknown
Died:  
 
 
Alfred Owens, Pvt.                                                      Captured
Company I, 8th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                    Chalk Bluff, Ar.
Born:   June 13, 1842                                                  Died
Died:   April 28, 1863                                                  City Point, Va.
 
 
Edmond B. Beard, Pvt.                                               Captured
Company D, 6th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                  Stoddard County
Born:   Jan. 30, 1843                                                  Died of Illness
Died:   July 31, 1863                                                   St. Louis, Mo.
 
 
Jacob Foster, Pvt.                                                       Died of wounds
Company A, 15th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                 Received at
Born:   April 18, 1830                                                  Christmas Dinner
Died:   Dec. 25, 1863                                                  Doniphan, Mo.
                                                                                 "Wilson's Massacre"
 
 
Matthew E. Glover, Pvt.                                               Killed in Action
Company K, 5th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                     Franklin, Tn.
Born:   May 1, 1840
Died:   Nov. 30, 1864
 
 
John Macon, Pvt.                                                         Captured
Company B, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                    Died of Illness
Born:   Feb 16, 1834                                                    Alton, Il.
Died:   April 21, 1863          
 
 
Wm. C. McDaniel, Pvt.                                                 Captured
Company A, 4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                    Died of Illness
Born:   April 30, 1842                                                   Alton, Il.
Died:   Sept. 11, 1863
 
 
John Boreland, Pvt.                                                      Wounded in Action
Company D, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                    Captured
Born:   Aug. 18, 1841                                                   Big Blue, Mo.
Died:   Nov. 5, 1864                                                     Died of Wounds
                                                                                  Ft. Leavenworth, Ks.
 
 
Miles Abernathy, Sgt.                                                   Killed in Action
Company B, 2nd Mo. Cav. Regt.                                   Bloomfield, Mo.
Born:   Mar. 7, 1841
Died:   Feb. 26, 1862
 
 
Thomas C. Neville, Capt.                                               Killed in Action
Company G, 2nd Inf. Regt.                                            Fredricktown, Mo.
1 Div., MSG
Born:   Mar. 17, 1834
Died:   Oct. 21, 1861
 
 
Wm. G. Phelan, Col.                                                     Adjutant
Phelan's Regt., Mo. Cav.                                                2nd Inf. Regt.
Born:   Aug. 8, 1824                                                       1 Div., MSG
Died:   Aug. 25, 1872                                                     Commanded
                                                                                    Phelan's 6th Mo.
                                                                                    Cav. Regt.
 
 
Ely Norman, Pvt.                                                           Died in Hospital
Company D, 6th Mo. Inf. Regt.                                       Holly Springs, Ms.
Born:   Mar. 11, 1830                      
Died:   Sept. 7, 1862
 
 
James H. Denny, Pvt.                                                     Captured
Haislip's Company                                                          Paroled
4th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                                         Court-Martialed
Born:   April 20, 1837                                                      Executed by USA
Died:   July 15, 1863                                                       Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
James R. Shelby, Pvt.                                                     Killed in Action
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                       Chalk Bluff, Ar.
Born:   June 20, 1829                                                       4-1-63
Died:   April 1, 1863
 
 
John Rogers, Pvt.                                                            Captured
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                         5-31-1864
Born:   June 14, 1842                                                       Died of Illness
Died:   Mar. 15, 1865                                                       Alton, Il.
 
 
Robert Raney, Pvt.                                                           POW
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                        Died of Illness
Born:   June 1, 1842                                                         Petersburg, Va.
Died:   April 12, 1863
 
 
Uriah White, CITIZEN                                                        "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                              Died of Illness
Born:   Aug. 12, 1798                                                        Alton, Il.
Died:   Dec. 13, 1862
 
 
Henry Black, CITIZEN                                                        "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                               Died of Illness
Born:   Jan. 13, 1830                                                          Alton, Il.
Died:   Jan. 28, 1863
 
 
C. C. Clodfelter, 4 Sgt.                                                        Captured
Company K, 8th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                           Died of Illness
Born:   July 21, 1837                                                           Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Died:   Sept. 23, 1863
 
 
L. John Jones, Pvt.                                                              Scott County
Company E, 4th Inf. Regt.                                                    Died After Battle
Born:   May 15, 1838                                                           of Fredricktown,
Died:   Oct. 29, 1861                                                           Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
Elijah M. Norman, Pvt.                                                         Died in CSA
Guibor's Battery, Mo. Brigade                                               Hospital
Born:   Aug. 9, 1829                                                            Corinth, Ms.
Died:   May 26, 1862
 
 
Jackson Venable, Pvt.                                                         Washington County
Company A, 3rd Cav. Regt.                                                  Cause of Death
Born:   Feb. 16, 1843                                                           Unknown
Died:   Oct. 8, 1861                                                             Bloomfield, Mo.
 
 
Gibson C. Green, CITIZEN                                                    "Political Prisoner"
Political Prisoner                                                                  Died of Illness
Born:   June 28, 1811                                                            Alton, Il.
Died:   Jan. 23, 1863
 
 
Aaron T. McFall, Pvt.                                                            Captured
Company B, 7th Mo. Cav. Regt.                                             Dade County, Mo.
Born:   May 2, 1839                                                              Died of Illness
Died:   Jan. 16, 1865                                                             Rock Island, Il.
 
 
W. Shelton, Pvt.                                                                   Iron County
Company G, 3rd Inf. Regt., MSG                                           Cause of Death
Born:   May 1, 1841                                                              Unknown
Died:   Sept. 6, 1861                                                             Bloomfield, Mo.

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The above sonnet engraved in marble was cut and delivered free of charge by Chris Lily (Lily Monument Co., Marble Hill, Mo.) Clifford Boner provided the masonry (entirely of donated labor and expense). Stites Concrete Co., of Dexter, Mo. provided the cement while Ruth Wilson, Jim Mayo and Larry Arnold poured the foundation.

 

Lyrics of "SOUTHERN SOLDIER BOY": 

Note: Background tune, "Southern Soldier Boy", by Dean Fowler of ReWEP Associates.

Bob Roebuck is my sweetheart's name,
He's off to the wars and gone;
He's fighting for his Nanny dear,
His sword is buckled on,
He's fighting for his own true love;
His foes he does defy;
He is the darling of my heart,
My Southern soldier boy.

When Bob comes home from war's alarms,
We'll start anew in life;
I'll give myself right up to him,
A dutiful, loving wife.
I'll try my best to please my dear,
For he is my only joy,
He is the darling of my heart,
My Southern soldier boy.
 
Oh, if in battle he were slain,
I know that I would die,
But I am sure he'll come again
To cheer my weeping eye.
But should he fall in this our glorious cause,
He still would be my joy,
For many a sweetheart mourns the loss
Of her Southern soldier boy.
 
I hope for the best, and so do all
Whose hopes are in the field;
I know that we shall win the day
For Southrons never yield.
And when we think of those who are away,
We look above for joy,
And I'm mighty glad that my Bobby is
A Southern soldier boy.