Re: 6th or "Southwest" MO Cav. CSA
Thank you Jean for the input. Yes the book is the one listed in two trails long with the other two books of Shelby's Brigade. All contain the entire known data of the men of Shelby's Iron Brigade as it pertains to the CW. As to your question pertaining to other Scott's in Ballards company I have a total of five listed, with out a doubt they were all related. The company and regiment was organized on the very day of the Battle of Newtonia September 29-30 1862 five miles south of there in a valley. John Coffee was at the time the elected regimental commander but his election became a problem later. As to the other Scott's I have an A. P. Scott, a Sergeant who deserted on November29, 1862, and a name similar to that appears in the 7th Mo. Cavalry (U) (Not an unusual thing for that stage of the war for both sides); Jacob Scott who is listed as deserting on January 16, 1863 in Missouri. He was captured by Liuet. Kelley in Polk Col., sent to Bolivar, thence to Springfield and finally to Gratiot Military Prison in St. Louis on Feb. 1, 1863, then exchanged on June 2, 1863 at City Point Va. where he returned to his command before the Price Raid. Jacob is listed as killed in action during the Price Raid. As he is on the same list as all of the Shelby Brigade men it is difficult to say exactly where he was killed. Anywhere from Little Blue, Westport (most likely) to Newtonia on Oct. 28, 1864. Jacob was 22 when he was enlisted. Jasper you know - Your mention of a Martin Scott left at Yellville where he died of yellow Fever fits a N. B. Scott who is listed as having been recruited by Capt Groff in Newton County on Sept. 12, 1862 and for the return of Jan/Feb. 1863 as having been left sick at Yellville Ark on January 4, 1863. There were about twenty men left there on that day all were too sick to continue. There are no further entries for this young man. In such cases you automatically assume he died from disease. We know at that time in the winter of 62/63 small pox and yellow fever was very much affecting both sides. There is a P. C. Scott who is present on all of the regiments returns and surrender at Shreveport with the regiment on June 14, 1865.
You discussed the 7th Mo. Cavalry which in fact crossed swords with Shelby's brigade several times during the war, especially in November 62. Again this was not unusual. I have accounts from Shelby's brigade of men captured by their brothers, released and then captured by the other brother. An example comes from Shelby's brigade where a member of the 3rd Battalion 6th MSM was surrendered at Neosho in Oct 1863 paroled and when reinstated, subsequently participated in chasing after Shelby during the Price raid. The former POW brother then captures his brother at Westport and then escorts him to St Louis. Also there are many examples of relatives who served in Shelby's Brigade, and other brigades for that matter, who deserted and joined the union side who were often sponsored by a relative. The reason often given was that he was spying on the other side. The same applies fo men who served in the Missouri union regiments where men of southern convictions simply enlisted in a Missouri State Militia regiment, receive his full equipment and at the first opportunity desert with every thing he needed to be in a rebel cavalry regiment.
I hope this gives you insight into what your ancestors were doing at a very critical point in the war in Missouri and Arkansas.