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Letter signed John W. Coshow, Howell, Missouri, to J.W. Allen [James W. Allen], St. Louis, January 30, 1908

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Identifier: D04826

Title: Letter signed John W. Coshow, Howell, Missouri, to J.W. Allen [James W. Allen], St. Louis, January 30, 1908

Description:

Contains reminiscences of his journey from St. Charles County, Mo., to Arkansas in the fall of 1864 to join Sterling Price’s army, and account of his experiences in Mexico as a Confederate expatriate.



Transcription: Howell Mo Jan 30” 1908

Capt J. W. Allen

St Louis Mo

Dear sir — I see by the St Louis Republic of Jan 27th your call for Missouri Confederates to assist in compiling a roster of those that served in the Confederate Army — I will do what little I can towards that object — First — In October 1864 — Col. Caleb Dorsey [and] Col. Hull — were recruiting here in St. Charles Co. (and ajoining Counties) I with, between 150 and 200 others joi[ned] their force — and started with the intention of joining Prices army, which was then making its last raid in Mo — the intention of joining Price below Boone[ville][Boonville] was, frustrated by a large body of Federal Caverly [that?] surrounded us in Boone. Co. Mo. Thanks to a big sno[w]storm late in the evening — gave us an oppertunity to slip out and follow down Cedar Creek — and the falling snow obliterated our track, which saved our “bacon” — we succeded in swimming our horses across the Mo river[Missouri River] but not in time to take a hand in the fight at Booneville[Boonville] — then the Federals were between us and Price — so we bore south, through Rolla, and Licking where we met with some troops that had been following Price, after a slight scrap we got through — and reached the Army of Price at Fulton Ark — There the Army was reorganized some was dismounted and put into the Infantry — There Slaybacks Regiment was organized — most all of us, recruited by Dorsey & Hull was put into Slayback Regiment with Caleb Dorsey as Lieut[?] Col two companies Co A. comanded by Ras. Woods of St Charles Co Mo, and Co E. comanded by Miles. Price of Henry Co Mo

Just after the reorganization, I was detailed to Brigade Headquarters, as Orderly to Col. B.F. Gordon — who was then in command of Shelbys Brigade — While Shelby was in command of the Division — It was not genraly known that Shelby was promoted and also BF Gordon was promote[d] to fill Shelbys old place, just before Lees surrender — being at Brigade Headquarters I was aware of the fact, I cannot say for certain, if Shelby and Gordon ever recieved their official promotions but at the time of our disbandment at Corsicana Tex — B. Frank. Gordon was in command of four Regiments and one Battery — to wit — Gordons Regiment — Shanks Regiment — and Collins Battery of four brass cannon — two rifl[es] and two smooth bone — I dont remember the other Brigade and Battery that was under Shelby at the time — I wish some one would inform me what other four Regiments & Battery that was commanded by Shelby, as there was certainly, two Brigades and two Batterys under him — and I do know that one of them was Shelbys old Brigade and Collins Battery — which formed half of our Division — would like very much to get at the other half in some way — I suppose after the Government print comes out I will see who they were — I have often read in papers of writers, wondering, why Price & Shelby went to Mexico, instead of going to Shrieveport[Shreveport] and surrendering as most of our command di[d] I will tell them — Gen Price through it a good Idea — to go to Mexico and get a Grant of land, start a colony and have our families com[e] to us — not nowing if we would be allowed to return to Mo and live again — now that is the reason they went to Mexico...

coverage:Missouri
coverage:Mexico

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Missouri
Arkansas

Dates: 1908-01-30

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Coshow, John W., 1847-1927

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Recruiting and enlistment
Armed Forces

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