In a post on this same board I clarify my posting. My statement incompassed the entire regiment and that is simply inaccurate on my part. There were portions that did not engage and other companies that had in fact deserted. This is born out by the returns for Jan/Feb. 1863 and the CSR's which detail this sort of information. Additinonally Captain Berry of Company H, 6th Missouri is charged with leaving the field at Prairie Grove,Springfield and Hartivlle. Berry is convicted and is subsequently cashiered. The TMOB pg.121 & 122 will show the findings of the court. There is also the court martial record found in the Records of Captain Rathbun,who was the trial officer and has the hand written copy of the trial record. In it the testimony clearly demonstrates the actions of the southwest regiment in all of the above mentioned actions.
I also want to add that the 6th was not the only regiment with this problem. There were similar instances found in Colton Greens as an example. I have a number of documents from Marmadukes dispatch book which illustrate these problems. Those records will soon be published as an addition to the TMOB and will add further to our knowledge of Marmadukes division.