Civil War in Callaway County

Thirteen Companies entered the Southern Army from Callaway County. No record was preserved by any of the Commnaders or the Confederate Government. What southern records exist, can be found at the Missouri States Archives, Jefferson City or the Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia. the United Daughters of the Confederacy-Missouri records are the most complete group of records for the southern soldiers.

The following officers commanded the thirteen companies: Robert M. Berry; George Brooks; Henry Burt; Creed Carter; David Craig; jefferson Gibbs; -Thomas Hamilton; Thomas Holland; George Law; D. H. McIntyre; Milton Scholl; I. N. Sitton; Preston Wilkerson. "These companies were not all full". [Callaway County History]

"From the best information we can gather, there were between eight and eleven hundred men" to fight for the Confederacy.

"The number of men who entered the Union Army from Callaway County is estimated to be about three hundred and fifty. There were three full companies and part of another. The commanders of these companies were: Captains J. J. Johnson; William T Snell and Henry Thomas.

The Battle of Moore's Mill [see URL below] was the only battle fought in Callaway County, although there were skirmishes that most went un-recorded except by word of mouth. Usually, between a few soldiers and others sympathetic to one side or the other.

Non-Combatants Killed

[1] "James Renoe was a southern sympatheizer, a quiet un-offensive man, never thrusting his political views upon others who differed with him; while he never concealed his views, when called on to express them. During the year 1862, a company of Confedearate soldiers camped near his father's house; one or two men went to the housae, ordered young Renoe and a negro man to take a load of corn to the camp. Renoe's father in accordance with an order issued by a man signing himself as A. Krekel, with headquarters at the Sate Insane Asylum in Fulton, requiring men to report the presence of rebels, etc., the next morning went to Fulton to report the rebels camped near his residence. The commander at Fulton had already heard of the fact, and had sewnt a company of soldiers to Renoe's home. Mr. Renoe was returningn home from Fulton, when he met the company of Union soldiers who had been to his home. He discovered the men were leading one of huis own horses, with a saddle on and further noticed a they pasted him that the saddle was bloody. He continued in the direction of his home, when after proceediing a short distance, he discovered the body of his son lying in a fence corner. He learned from parties who were working in a field, opposite the place the body laid, that the soldiers had shot him"

[2] During the month of October, 1862, William R. Given and David Given, his son, and Charles Hill were killed at the residence of the former seven miles northweast of Fulton......... a company of rebels were camped in the neighborhood, of the rebels had been accidently wounded. He was taken to the house by his comrades... this fact was made known to the commander at Fulton, who had charge of about one hundred men, composed largely of German. This company was sent out to attack and disperse the rebels, but before this was done, the company went to Givens house and took the three of them prisoners;......after making the arrests, the company was attacked by the rebels....The guards asked the officer in command what must be done with the prisoners, the officer answered them telling them to "kill them". [Hill was a Union man, the other two were southern, they were working on a roof schoolhouse when arrested].

[3] Others murdered in cold blood by this militia were William Robinson, William Scott [about 17 yrs old], Colonel James Brewer [an old man], James Brewers, Jr [another 17 yr old], John and James Marus, and others.

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