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County Origins of Specified Units


by Kirby Ross


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On January 30, 1865, Governor Thomas Fletcher had an order issued providing for the creation of the Missouri Militia.  This organization was made up of independent companies that were referred to by county designation as opposed to numerical designation.  Its troops were provisioned by the Federal government and paid, at least in part, by imposing a fee upon "disloyal" citizens residing within the individual counties in question.  Sixty-one companies were formed, fifty-five of which are identified in the chart below.

See also: Federal Militia in Missouri by Kirby Ross

1. Home Guard 1861

2. Six-Month Militia 1861

3. Missouri State Militia 1861-1865

4.Enrolled Missouri Militia 1862-1865

5. Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia 1863-1865

6. Provisional Enrolled Militia (G.O. #107) 1864-1865

7. Missouri Militia (G.O. #3) 1865

8. Missouri Militia (State Convention) 1865-late 19th century



Unit Commanding Officer Troop Strength Comments
Audrain County M.M. John J. Mitchell (1Lt.) 57  
Bates County M.M. John Atkinson (1Lt.) 44  
Bates & Henry County M.M. William Weaver (Capt.) 97  
Benton County M.M. John Cosgrove (1st Lt.) 61  
Bollinger County M.M. John R. Cochran (Capt.) 91  
Boone County M.M. Henry N. Cook (Capt.) 95  
Caldwell & Ray County M.M. Clayton Tiffin (Capt.) 86  
Callaway County M.M. Wm. H. Thomas (1st Lt.) 56  
Camden County M.M. Henry G. Bollinger (Capt.) 86  
Cape Girardeau County M.M. Ezra King (Capt.) 93  
Carroll & Livingston County M.M. Daniel Hoover (1Lt.) 73  
Cass County M.M. Joseph Burk (1st Lt.) 58  
Chariton County M.M. Peter R. Dolman (Capt.) 91 Note:  This company became Company A, 76th Missouri Militia Regiment.  Dolman was appointed colonel of that unit.  See, Missouri Militia (State Convention).
Christian County M.M. T.J. Gideon (1st Lt.) 45  
Clay & Clinton County M.M. John W. Younger (Capt.) 84  
Cooper County M.M. George Miller (Capt.) 80  
Cooper & Moniteau County M.M. John B. Calhoun (Capt.) 82  
Crawford County M.M. N.G. Clark (Capt.) 80  
Dent County M.M. G.A. Kenamore (Capt.) 101  
Douglas & Ozark County M.M. Charles K. Ford (Capt.) 90  
Dunklin & Stoddard County M.M. J.C. Thomas (Capt.) 11  
Howard County M.M. Warren W. Harris (Capt.) 97  
Howard County M.M. William R. Forbes (Capt.) 5 Note:  Where one county had multiple independent companies, the unit would have been referred to by the name of the commanding officer.
Jackson County M.M. William S. Smith (Capt.) 84  
Jasper County M.M. Lyman J. Burch (1st Lt.) 59  
Johnston County M.M. Wm. E. Chester (Capt.) 93  
Lafayette County M.M. R.W.P. Mooney (1st Lt.) 60  
Linn County M.M. B.F. Carter (1st Lt.) 46  
Livingston County M.M. A.J. Boucher (1st Lt.) 40  
Macon County M.M. Robert Davis (1st Lt.) 59  
Maries & Osage County M.M. James M. Dennis (Capt.) 83  
Marion, Monroe & Ralls County M.M. Henry C. Gentry (1st Lt.) 60  
Miller County M.M. John B. Salsman (Capt.) 88  
Mississippi County M.M. John A. Rice (Capt.)    
Montgomery & Warren County M.M. S.W. Hopkins (Capt.) 98  
Morgan County M.M. R.P. Ruley (Capt.) 81  
Newton County M.M. Samuel Achord (1st Lt.) 42  
Perry County M.M. Hiram Minor (Capt.) 94  
Pettis County M.M. H.C. Donnohue (Capt.) 97  
Pike County M.M. William Kerr (Capt.) 82  
Platte County M.M. Franklin Luthey (1st Lt.) 71  
Pulaski & Texas County M.M. Richard Murphy (Capt.) 85  
Randolph County M.M. Charles F. Mayo (Capt.) 87  
Randolph County M.M. Alexander Denny (Capt.) 87  
St. Clair County M.M. Benjamin F. Cook (Capt.) 41  
St. Francois County M.M. F.A. Millert (1st Lt.)    
Ste. Genevieve County M.M. David Flood (1st Lt.)    
Saline County M.M. John S. Crain (Capt.) 94  
Stoddard County M.M. Louis M. Ringer (1st Lt.)   Note:  This company consolidated into Dunklin & Stoddard County Company (see above)
Stone County M.M. Patrick C. Berry (Capt.) 83  
Taney County M.M. Wm. F. Fenex (Capt.) 95  
Wright County M.M. Thomas K. Paul (Capt.) 90  
Bridges North Missouri Railroad M.M. Luman W. Story (Capt.) 88  
Pacific Railroad M.M. H.P. Dow (Capt.) 91  
S.W. Branch Pacific Railroad M.M. Thomas Thomas (Capt.) 99  

 Source: Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Missouri for the Year Ending December 31, 1865 (Jefferson City, Mo.: Emory S. Foster, Public Printer, 1866), pp. 694-699. Name spellings remain as they were in the original document.

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