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Seminole War

(Source: Linda Craig)

Col. Gentry's Regiment, Company N.

The involvement of the Missouri troops in the Seminole War began in September, 1837, when the Secretary of War issued a requisition on Governor Boggs, of Missouri. Richard Gentry of Columbia, Missouri was appointed "Colonel of Volunteers" and was directed to recruit 600 men and have them ready for duty by November, 1837. Colonel Gentry began recruiting volunteers in Missouri, he soon had his quota, but few of the men had any money to buy equipment for themselves or their horses. They appealed to Gentry, who generously offered to endorse their notes. Unfortunately, Colonel Gentry was killed at the battle of Okeechobee, and the notes were presented as claims against his estate, leaving nothing for his wife and nine children. The Battle of Okeechobee took place on December 25, 1837 and it was during this battle that the beloved leader of the Missouri troops, Colonel Richard Gentry was killed, also killed in this battle was Captain VanSwearingen, Lieut. Brooks and Center, 6th Reg. U.S. infantry were killed. Their bodies were brought back to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri and was buried there. Some of the men who served in this battle were from Carroll County.

Capt. Sconce
Standley, Elihu - Corporal - Commencement of Service: November 4, 1837; Expiration of service: May 4, 1838

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