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Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is the final resting place for seven Confederate soldiers. Initial research has uncovered some information beyond the name, rank, and unit, or what is inscribed on the grave markers, about these men who died during the first war for Southern independence.

Private John Burland marker

NAME & RANK: Private John Burland
Unit: Company D,
Kitchen's 7th Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: 05 Nov 1864
Approximate Age:Unknown
Cause of death: Congestion of the brain supervining sabre cut [i.e. Infection and amputation of an arm due to gunshot wound.]
Additional information: Private Burland died from infection caused by an arm wound he received at the battle at the Big Blue River on 23 October 1864. Men from this company of Kitchen's Regiment were primarily from Stoddard and Bollinger Counties in Missouri, and Greene County in Arkansas.
Private Benjamin Moulton

NAME & RANK: Private Benjamin H. Moulton
Unit:Company H,
Gordon's 5th Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: 06 Nov 1864
Approximate Age: 21 Years
Cause of death: Gunshot wound (amputation)
Additional information: Private Moulton was a member of Gen. Shelby's "Iron Brigade." He is not listed among the dead, wounded, and missing in General Shelby's report of casualties from Price's raid through Missouri, however. Benjamin H. Moulton was born in Virginia and lived in Tennessee before joining a company that was organized in Saline County, Missouri during August 1862. Missouri Parks has him listed as Pvt. Benjamin H. Mounton.
Private J. W. Bayne

NAME & RANK:Private J. W. Bayne
Unit:Company B,
Shank's 12th Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: 06 Nov 1864
Approximate Age: 25 Years
Cause of death: Amputation
Additional information: Private Bayne is listed on General Shelby's casualty report as having received a severe gunshot wound that shattered his right humorus at the battle at the Big Blue River on 26 Oct 1864. His arm was amputated a few days later on 31 Oct. He had been a member of the "Iron Brigade" since August 1862. Born in Virginia, he was the son of A.S. Bayne and was farming in Moniteau County in Missouri when the war started.

Private M. K. Jones

NAME & RANK: Private M. K. Jones
Unit:Company E,
Slemon's 2nd Arkansas Cavalry Regiment
Died: 06 Nov 1864
Approximate Age: 23 Years
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the right chest - ball penetrating lung
Additional information: Private Jones was captured 22 Oct 1864 during the battle at the Big Blue River, MO and - suffering from a gunshot wound - was sent to hospital at Leavenworth, KS. The gravestone doesn't provide either a company or regiment for Private Jones. It reads "M K Jones Ark. CSA." The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (a Federal government system) records him as having been in Company A, McGehee's Arkansas Cavalry regiment, while Missouri state parks records and his death record have him as being a member of Slemon's Regiment. M.K. Jones was originally a private in the 37th Regiment of Arkansas Infantry, but was given a general disability discharge in 1862. After his discharge, he returned to his home in Princeton, Arkansas. He probably joined Slemon's regiment in 1864 as part of Price's army.
Private George W. Brashear

NAME & RANK: Private George W. Brashear
Unit:Chorn's Company,
Searcy's Battalion Missouri Sharp Shooters
Died: 21 Feb 1865
Approximate Age: 20 Years
Cause of death: Died in prison
Additional information: Private Brashear surrendered or was otherwise captured around Fort Scott, Kansas. He spent time there in the hospital and was transferred to Fort Leavenworth 01 Feb 1865. He "died in prison" on 21 Feb 1865. No cause of death was listed. George was the son of George W. Brashear, Sr., who died before the war, and Casadana Williams, both of Howard County, Missouri. George's brother, Uriah, also served his country and state in the Confederate army. He too was captured, but survived the war. [Source: Richard Johnson, a distant relative of Pvt. Brashear.]
Private John A. Halston

NAME & RANK: Private John A. Halston
Unit:Company H,
Fristoe's Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: 05 Nov 1864
Approximate Age: Unknown
Cause of death: Congestion of Brain Supervining Sabre wound [i.e. Infection and amputation of an arm due to gunshot wound.]
Additional information: Private Halston was captured at the Battle of Westport, Mo. 23 October 1864. Though the headstone spells his name "Halston", the death records for Private Halston also have the surname spelled "Hulston". Company H was formed in Oregon County, Missouri.

Private Jesse Gregg

NAME & RANK: Private Jesse Gregg
Unit:Company unknown,
Searcy's Battalion Missouri Sharp Shooters
Died: 03 Jan 1865
Approximate Age: 33 Years
Cause of death: Smallpox
Additional information: The headstone spells the first name "Jessie" which is a feminine spelling of the name. Jesse Gregg lived in Chariton County, Missouri before the war and was born in the state. Private Gregg surrendered to U.S. troops at Fort Smith 30 Dec 1864. The record designates him as a "deserter or refugee" who had been "conscripted by Price." He was transferred from Fort Smith, Arkansas to the hospital at Fort Leavenworth where he died from smallpox 03 Jan 1865. General Canby ordered Fort Smith evacuated in mid December 1864 due to lack of provisions, but that order was revoked by Grant.
The sources used for information on this page dedicated to the Confederate dead buried in the National Cemetery at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas include the Fort Leavenworth death records of the men on microfilm at the Kansas City, MO branch of the National Archives, U.S. Federal Census data, and information gathered on-line. Additional information about these seven men is requested. If anyone with more information/corrections about these men, their families, or their lives, and would like to contribute it to this web page are encouraged to do so via e-mail
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