Re: 6th or "Southwest" MO Cav. CSA
Jean, I wrote a book called "The Gallant Breed: Enrollment records of the 6th/11th Missouri Cavalry CSA." The raid you are referring to was Marmaduke's First Raid into Missouri which started in Arkansas on Dec. 31, 1862 and ended at Batesville in mid January 1863. Jasper Scott was part of Groff's Company E. On January 11th 1863 was fought the Battle of Hartville in which Marmaduke's Division won the field but took pretty serious losses to officers and NCO's. My entry for Jason is as follows:
Dec. 31, 1862: present. (Meaning he was on the rolls when the regiment left Lewisburg, Ark.) On the Jan/Feb. 1863 return he is listed as having deserted on raid into Missouri December 12, 1863. This was the day following the fight at Hartville, Groff's company had many desertions that day. But most likely these kids were quite sick. He shows up on list of prisoners sent to Bolivar, Mo., to Springfield, Mo., Jan. 18, 1863. He then appears on list of prisoners transferred to Alton Ill., Military Prison, April 25, 1863. However he died from Small Pox on March 2nd 1863 in St. Louis, Mo. before he could be transferred. He was listed as a resident of Bates Co., age 20 years and stood 5'6". it is quite likely he was ill when he left Arkansas. Many youngsters by that date were sick and tired of the war and if they were dying or sick they wanted to return home. On January 12th it started snowing and the weather got worse as the days progressed. For Marmaduke, shelby and the rest of the Division it was very much like Napoleons retreat from Moscow fifty years earlier. Captain Groff was court martialed after the raid for not engaging his company at Hartville among other issues. One last thing, the fact that Jason was sent to Springfield rather than on to St. Louis as others were, clearly indicates he was very ill and had Small Pox at the time. Springfield had the one POW hospital in which contagious cases such as his were sent. I have the post (Court House) hospital records and his name does not appear there, however, I don't have what was called the Red Top hospital where Small Pox cases were sent.