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Mexican War


The exploits of the Missouri troops in the Mexican War are too well known to need repetition. Daviess County's part in the struggle is harder to determine. In 1846 a volunteer company was raised in Ray County and mustered into service on the first of August. This company, Company "G", Battallion of Missouri Mounted Rifles, was commanded by Captain Israel R. Hindley. A number of Daviess County men joined this company. Captain Hindley was killed at the Battle of Mors, and William M. Jacobs then became captain. This company was a part of the command of Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan. A company was raised in northern part of Daviess County, and in Harrison and Gentry Counties. This group became Company "H" in a regiment which went from Jackson County. Captain Simons, who had raised the company, died on the way out and Benjamin Salmon, of Daviess County, was elected to fill the vacancy. In July, in a fight with the Apache Indians and Mexicans, Captain Salmon was severely wounded. After the battle he was removed to a hospital at Toas where he died the following February. Other members of Company "H" from this county were Nathaniel H. Blakley, Granville D. Sego, James A. Robinson, John M. Conkle, Samuel Gunter, Henry Johnson, Jacob Hoover and Captain Meredith Morris.
William Y. Slack of Livingston County organized a company in that county, and a number of Daviess countians enlisted. Among them were Captain John W. Sheets, Francis Peniston, Jack Edwards, Thomas Latham, James Wynne and John B. Comer.
Major S. P. Cox was a member of Company "D" of the Oregon Battalion. This battalion was ordered to Mexico, but before they got out of reach were ordered back and sent to Nebraska to keep the Indians quiet. Stokes and English (first names not known,) Thomas B. Lynch, A. T. Patton, George W. Nickell, J. L. Haynes, W. P. Young (Ohio), and Henry Akins Roberts (Illinois) were also veterans of the Mexican War. Stokes died in service. There were, no doubt, many others from Daviess County or who at some time have lived in the county who served in this war.
The return of these soldiers was not allowed to pass unnoticed and the homecoming is described by Major McGee, "The citizens to honor them had a great barbecue. Colonel Doniphan, their commander, was invited to be present and deliver the speech of the occasion. The ground selected was what is now enclosed in Block E, McGee's Addition to the city of Gallatin, all the ridge east of town being then heavily timbered. The tables were spread on the top of the hill. The trenches for roasting the meat were dug on the brow of the hill just above the spring now owned by William Adams. Colonel Doniphan was present and talked for about an hour in his usual style. He gave the boys a great deal of credit."
[Source: History of Daviess and Gentry Counties Missouri – (Daviess County portion by John C. Leonard and Buel Leonard – Printed by Historical Publishing Company, 1922 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney]

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