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Missouri Military


Confederate Home Association, 1891-92

Black Hawk War, 1832

On the 14th day of May, 1832, a bloody engagement took place between the regular forces of the United States, and a part of the Sacs, Foxes, and Winnebago Indians, commanded by Black Hawk and Keokuk, near Dixon's Ferry in Illinois.
The Governor (John Miller) of Missouri, fearing these savages would invade the soil of his State, ordered Major-General Richard Gentry to raise one thousand volunteers for the defense of the frontier. Five companies were at once raised in Boone county, and in Callaway, Montgomery, St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike, Marion, Ralls, Clay and Monroe other companies were raised.

Two of these companies, commanded respectively by Captain John Jaimison, of Callaway, and Captain David M. Hickman, of Boone county, were mustered into service in July for thirty days, and put under command of Major Thomas W. Conyers.
This detachment, accompanied by General Gentry, arrived at Fort Pike on the 15th of July, 1832. Finding that the Indians had not crossed the Mississippi into Missouri, General Gentry returned to Columbia, leaving the fort in charge of Major Conyers. Thirty days having expired, the command under Major Conyers was relieved by two other companies under Captains Sinclair Kirtley, of Boone, and Patrick Ewing, of Callaway. This detachment was marched to Fort Pike by Col. Austin A. King, who conducted the two companies under Major Conyers home. Major Conyers was left in charge of the fort, where he remained till September following, at which time the Indian troubles, so far as Missouri was concerned, having all subsided, the frontier forces were mustered out of service.
Black Hawk continued the war in Iowa and Illinois, and was finally defeated and captured in 1833. Source: (1)

Heatherly War, 1836
Florida or Siminole War, 1837

In September, 1837, the Secretary of War issued a requisition on Governor Boggs, of Missouri, for six hundred volunteers for service in Florida against the Seminole Indians, with whom the Creek nation had made common cause under Osceola. The first regiment was chiefly raised in Boone county by Colonel Richard Gentry, of which he was elected Colonel; John W. Price, of Howard county, Lieutenant-Colonel; Harrison H. Hughes, also of Howard, Major. Four companies of the second regiment were raised and attached to the first. Two of these companies were composed of Delaware and Osage Indians. October 6, 1837, Col. Gentry's regiment left Columbia for the seat of war, stopping on the way at Jefferson barracks, where they were mustered into service.
Arriving at Jackson barracks, New Orleans, they were from thence transported in brigs across the Gulf to Tampa Bay, Florida. General Zachary Taylor, who then commanded in Florida, ordered Col. Gentry to march to Okee-cho-bee Lake, one hundred and thirty-five miles inland by the route traveled. Having reached the Kissemmee river, seventy miles distant, a bloody battle ensued, in which Col. Gentry was killed. The Missourians, though losing their gallant leader, continued the fight until the Indians were totally routed, leaving many of their dead and wounded on the field. There being no further service required of the Missourians, they returned to their homes in 1838. Source: (1)
Colonel Gentry, Captain VanSwearingen, Lieut. Brooks and Center, 6th Reg. U.S. infantry were killed.
Their bodies were brought to Jefferson Barracks and buried. Source: (2)

Osage War, 1837
Took place in Southwestern Missouri. Cause: last remaining Osage Indians refused to move west in 1837
Missouri Mormon War, 1838

- Grand River and the Mormon War ( Founding of Mill Port and Gallatin, Founding of Adam-Ondi-Ahman and Far West and Mormon Trouble In Daviess County)
Memorial to the Missouri Legislature by the Mormons (Facts relative to the expulsion of the Mormons from the state under the "exterminating order")
- Locations Overviews with Map
- The People (biographies, obituaries, known deaths and wounded of those involved in this war)

- Petition from certain Mormons of DeWitt, MO to Governor Boggs
- Petition of Citizens of Ray County to General David R. Atchison
- Petition For the benefit of Thomas W. Loyd
- Document signed by Mormons at Far West agreeing to sale their land to help with cost of moving out of Missouri.  (214 names)
- Other War Things

1840 Pensioners

The Honey War or
The Iowa-Missouri Boundary Dispute, 1839-1840

The Iowa-Missouri Boundary dispute of 1840 has been popularly called "The Honey War". It was not an armed conflict but it involved military operations both by Iowa and Missouri. The dispute arose over a narrow strip of land claimed by each. A Missouri farmer in Clark county cut down three bee trees, filled with honey, on this strip. He escaped, but when the sheriff of Clark county tried to collect taxes on this strip from an lowan, the sheriff was arrested, taken to Burlington, Iowa, where he was later released. The Missourians in Clark, Lewis, and Marion counties were aroused, and so were the people of Iowa. Governor Boggs sent 200 militiamen to Clark county and about 600 Missourians gathered on Fox river near Waterloo. The snow was deep, the weather cold, and the men had only a few blankets. On the Iowa side was camped the Iowa militia with 300 men. Governor Lucas of Iowa was with them. Before open conflict arose, better judgment prevailed and a movement started to have a commission appointed by Missouri and Iowa to make peaceable settlement. So ended "The Honey War", but the boundary dispute was not settled until the United States Supreme Court had decided on the legal boundary line and in 1851 had stone posts erected every ten miles. Source (3)
Mexican War, 1846 -1848

List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa
From Mexican War from the state of Missouri


Southwest Expedition (Kansas - Missouri Border Troubles) 1855 - 1860

The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska act in 1854 found Missouri determined to make Kansas a slave territory and New England determined to make Kansas a free territory. Missourians organized in Blue Lodges and the New Englanders in Northern Emigrant Aid Societies. Both sent settlers and both sent merely voters. The proslavery Missourians settled or voted in such proslavery towns as Atchison, Kickapoo, Lecompton, and Leavenworth in northeastern Kansas ; the free soil men settled or voted in Hampden, Lawrence, Manhattan, Ossawotamie, Topeka, and Wabaunsee lying west of Kansas City. Although threats were made by both sides, conditions were generally peaceable until after the proslavery was the legal government, and the free soil people in the same year had formed an antislavery government in opposition. The proslavery government called to Missourians to come to its aid. From 1855 to 1857 Missourians responded.  Under General Atchison of Missouri 1,000 Missourians set out to attack Lawrence in 1855. By agreement with the governor of Kansas the attack was not made. In May 1856 the Missourians returned and destroyed much property in Lawrence. Three men were killed. John Brown of Ossawotamie retaliated by murdering five unarmed proslavery settlers in Kansas. This aroused both Kansas and Missouri. In August 1856 the Missourians invaded Kansas and destroyed Ossawotamie. The antislavery Kansans now planned to destroy Lecompton. About 3,000 Missourians met on the border and considered a destructive invasion of Kansas. This was prevented by the intervention of the United States troops. In 1857 Kansas elected an antislavery government. This ended the invasion of Kansas by Missourians.  Under the leadership of John Brown and others, the Kansans began to invade Missouri in 1857 and continued to destroy, rob, and murder until 1860. Their worst deeds were committed in Cass, Bates, Vernon, and Barton counties. The invaders were called "Jayhawkers". People soon feared for their lives and property. Some left the country. Slaves were stolen and houses were burned. The people organized to resist the bands but conditions became so bad that Governor Stewart called out the militia in 1858. The governor of Kansas aided and temporary peace was restored. Trouble soon broke out again and in 1859 the Missouri Legislature voted $30,000 to enable Governor Stewart to protect the border. Things quieted down until November, 1860, when James Montgomery invaded Missouri. Again Governor Stewart sent troops and order was restored. Source (3)

Confederate Veterans and Their War Records

Civil War 1861 - 1865
-1861 Adjutant General's  Report
-The Palmyra Massacre On MOTrails Marion County Site.
-Listings of Civil War Battles in Missouri
History of the 12th Regiment Cavalry
MO Soldiers Buried at Andersonville Prison
Confederate Dead
Centralia Massacre On Missouri Genealogy Trails Boone County site

Missouri Soldiers Living in Iowa in 1886

Spanish- American War, 1898

Missouri National Guard on the Mexican Border 1916

World War I, 1917- 1918

Missouri Honor Roll - WW1 Casualties
Soldiers of the Great War

World War II
 WWII Soldiers who Died as POW's

 Army Casualty List
Korean War
Korean War Casualties 1950-1957
U.S. Military Personnel Who Died (Including Missing and Captured Declared Dead) as a result of the Vietnam War, 1957-1995
Iraqi War Casualty List
Operation Enduring Freedom - Military Deaths from Oct. 7, 2001

(1.) The History of Grundy County, Missouri, Kansas City, Mo : Birdsall & Dean, 1881-Transcribed by: Candi H. -2008
(2. ) Switzler's, illustrated history of Missouri, 1879 - Transcribed by: Candi H. -2008
(3.)  A History of Missouri and Missourians, Floyd C. Shoemaker,1922 - Transcribed by: Candi H. -2009

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