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we went some 4 or 5 miles and stopped to gather our men together - Purcell1, Muir2, Wilson3 and others were among the missing. We afterwards found that Purcell had been shot in the finger and had to have it amputated - About 2 AM we started for Callaway rebuffed but not disheartened We camped on the western bank of the Cedar4 and then disbanded. A few days previous we had quite an accusiton to our members by the arrival from Price's Army of several all of whom had recruiting commissions Gov. Langston5 Parson Pormsose - Jim Wilson Lieutenant in my old company - Ike I also became the most constant attend our in the family of Mrs Hodges in the my wardrobe was refitted by Mrs. Langston a Farmer

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1 Young Purcell

2 Ed Muir

3 Jim Wilson

4 Creek

5 Brother to James

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Recruiting: Middle Missouri was a hotbed of Confederate recruiting during the Civil War, so much so that north of the Missouri river was referred to as “Little Dixie.” Calloway, Boone and Howard counties were the center of the Confederacy’s recruiting command in Missouri.

See Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri by Bruce Nichols

 

 
 

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Northern part of the Two Mile Prarie1 It is a most pleasant family. Consisting of the Old Gentleman Lady - two very pleasant industrious and amiable daughters. two sons on leave and another smaller one then John and Samuel tow as clever and hearty companions as I ever want. John . Sam. Capt Charles Selly. (late 2nd Lieut in Capt McKinney's Co. 5th Reg. Mo. 1 C.S.et. and who died of typhoid fever in the late seige of Vicksburg. Requescat in Pace), - Ed Miuer, Jim Wilson and myself mostly squaded to gether - When I wanted the best corn bread I went to Mrs Hodge - the best honey to Mrs. Langeston - the best hash to Mrs Self and anything good to all in - discriminately - We laid out in the woods read and washed some - always on the look out

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1 Two Mile Prairie is an unincorporated area in northern Columbia Township, Boone County, Missouri, United States, northeast of Columbia.

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Historical Description of Columbia Township

Note on Typhoid Fever

 

 
 

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Capt. Will Todd of Howard1 was often down to see us and his cousins the Stephans (with whom I became acquainted) One Sabbath he left our camp - Our tent being nicely sheltered - and started off as the gallant of his fair cousins to Cedar Church - In the evening he came back at a great rate - The Federals had met and questioned him and had it not been for the presence of the young ladies he would have been arrested - He gave us the hint and we were soon on our way to another camp - the Feds searched for us but did not find us during this interval we had a little scout on the Black Foot camping ground but it did not amount to anything - We were there some two or three days and then returned

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1 County

 

 
 

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One day, and that Sunday, I was aroused from my lethargy by the smoke arising from several points to the Norht West, North and East. We afterwards discovered that it was caused by the burning of Mount Zion Church and several dwelling houses and Churches by the Federals The first snow I slept under its soft fleecy flakes which fell so softly and smoothly that we were suprised in the morning at the amount - I enjoyed myself yet was not satisfied, alas for man he is never satisfied - Now for cook

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More information on Mount Zion Church

 

 
   
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