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6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union)

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry was organized February 14, 1862, by consolidation of Wright's, Wood's and Hawkins' Battalions. District of Southeast Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to October, 1863. District of St. Louis, Mo., Dept. of Missouri, to muster out.[1]

Another source says they were enrolled between 27 June 1861 and 2 August 1862. They were mustered between 1 August 1861 and September 1862. They were discharged between 27 June 1864 and 12 September 1865. They were lead by Colonel Clark Wright.[2]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles,companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A - Captains John H. Paynter, Herman J. Huiskamp, WIlliam A Kirby, Theodore A. Switzer, and Isaac N. Watts - many men from Lebanon, Lacled County, Missouri.

Company B - Captains William M. Hackney and Jerome B. Jackson - many men from Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri.

Company C - Major Samuel (Bacon) Montgomery, and Captain WIlliam M. Taylor - many from Georgetown, Pettis County, Missouri.

Company D - Captains William H. Crocket, Herman F. Heiskamp, Jesse C. Kirby, Mahlon F Stevenson (Stephenson), and Clark Wright - many men from Springfield, Green County, Missouri.

Company E - Captains Robert M. Fraker, Austin Hubbard, and and Richard H. Montegomery - many men from Dade County, Missouri

Company F - Captains Millert A. Frederick and Daniel D. Emmons - many men from Wayne County, Missouri

Company G - Captains Sidney A. Breese and Samuel N. Wood - many men from Rolla, PhelpsCounty, Missouri

Company H - Captains Edward M. Morris and Francis J. Hopper - many men from Pulaski County, Missouri

Company I - Captains Herbert H. Rottaken, Edmund M. Morris, and Thomas J. Spillman - many men from Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri

Company K - Captains Jacob C. DeGress and Robert M. Frakes - Many men from Roll, Phelps County, Missouri

Company L - Captains Jesse C. Kirby, Roderick D. Russell and Louis VanTeenkiste - many men from Dade County County, Missouri

The above information about the companies with partial rosters is found in Kenneth E. Weant's book, "Civil War Records Union Troops Missouri Volunteer Calvary, Volume 4.[2]

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Missouri in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Missouri in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Missouri, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 5 Oct 2011 ).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kenneth E. Weant, Civil War Records Union Troops Missouri Volunteer Calvary, Volume 4 (Arlington, Texas: K.E. Weant, c2007), pages 14-30. FHL book #977.8 M2wkc v.4