St. Louis Confederate Units


 

 
 

The following is a list of units that were composed primarily of residents of the St. Louis Metro area.  These were not the only Confederate units where area residents served, only those which had a predominance of St. Louisans.  Many other St. Louisans joined units of other States (primarily Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas). Maj. William Clark Kennerly of St. Louis (nephew of Gen. William Clark, "Lewis and Clark" fame) recorded that five thousand went South during the war  from St. Louis alone, but only one thousand returned (either killed, died of disease or settled elsewhere).  It is also important to note that it was not until 1903 that "Congress directed the Secretary of War to compile the records...of the officers and enlisted men of the Union and Confederate armies." While Union records are very complete, still by 1908 only 25% of Missouri's Confederate soldiers were known. By this time "many, if not most of the actual  muster rolls by this time had disappeared." "It should not surprise anyone that his Missouri Confederate ancestor doesn't appear in the Compiled Service Records for Confederate Soldiers." Estimates of the number Confederates soldiers from the State vary from 30,000 (certainly not high enough) to 100,000. Many more St. Louisans sympathized with the south and would have joined had they not been "cut-off" from recruiters. William Bull (3rd Field Battery Missouri Artillery) recorded that, "The Southern people in St. Louis...were abused and oppressed and frequently severly punished by imprisonment or banishment by Federal authorities", but "continued their love for the South to the close of the war and aided the cause in every way in their power."

 

Infantry:

Company B, 1st Missouri Infantry "The Wade Guards"

Company C,  1st Missouri Infantry, "Guards of Carondelet"

Company D, 1st Missouri Infantry, "The St. Louis Grays"

Company E, 1st Missouri Infantry, "The St. Louis Minute Men"

Company F, 1st Missouri Infantry, "The St. Louis Southern Guards"

 Company F,  5th Missouri Infantry "Fighting Irish Company"

Company J,  10th Missouri Infantry (Jefferson and St. Louis Counties)

Co. A, 13th Arkansas Infantry (composed of St. Louis men who went South)


Artillery:

Some of these units were later combined or renamed after the battery Commander was KIA or incapacitated, so many men may be found on more than one list.

"Guibor's Battery" Missouri 1st Artillery Battery

"Wade's Battery" (Walsh's) Missouri 1st  Artillery Battery

 "Clark's Artillery" Missouri 2nd Artillery Battery

Capt. John C. Landis' Missouri Artillery Battery

Von Phul's Company, Missouri Artillery Battery

"St. Louis Artillery" Missouri 3rd Artillery Battery

"Lesueur's Battery" Missouri 3rd Artillery Battery

 

Cavalry:

Companies B, 4th Missouri Cavalry CSA

 Companies D, 4th Missouri Cavalry CSA

 

Forty Years of Service Pledged by Confederate Missourians

No. 5.--JOINT RESOLUTION of thanks to Missouri officers and soldiers in the Confederate service east of the Mississippi River.

Resolved by the Congress of the Confederate States of America, That the thanks of Congress are eminently due, and are hereby tendered, to Brig. Gen. F. M. Cockrell and the officers and soldiers composing the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Regiments of Missouri Infantry, First, Second, and Third Regiments of Missouri Cavalry, the batteries of Bledsoe, Landis, Guibor, Walsh, Dawson, and Barret, and Woodson's detached company, all in the service of the Confederacy, east of the Mississippi River, for the prompt renewal of their pledges of fidelity to the cause of Southern independence for forty years, unless independence and peace, without curtailment of boundaries, shall be sooner secured.
Approved May 23, 1864.
  
 
 

 
"The Gallant Missourians have my cordial thanks. Their patriotism will be remembered. I hope the others will emulate their heroism and follow their example."
---President Jefferson Davis
 
Note: The above battle scene was a collector card, G.W.Gail and Asc. Long Navy Cut Smoking and Chewing Tobacco. American Tobacco Company, Baltimore, MD. Pictured is the Confederate attack on a Federal camp (Battle of Shiloh).


Copyright 1998, Sterling Price Camp, No. 145, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Background sound, "Johnny Come Marching Home" is from  a MIDI file produced by Barry Taylor.