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Fort Scott headstones

Fort Scott National Cemetery is the final resting place for fourteen 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.

Fountain Bristow marker

NAME & RANK: Sgt. Fountain G. Bristow (Bristol)
Unit: Co. A 5th Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: November 9, 1864
Approximate Age: 16 Years
Cause of death: Gunshot wound of lungs
Additional information: Sergeant Bristow was wounded at the battle of Mine Creek (Osage) on October 25th, 1864. He was originally from Warsaw, Missouri; born the fifth of nine children to a farming couple named John and Sarah Bristow.
P. Embree marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. Peter A.J. Embree
Unit:    Co. A
Perkins' Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: November 17, 1864
Approximate Age: 24 Years
Cause of death: Gunshot wound in the back
Additional information: The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System lists Pvt. Embree as belonging to "Purkins' Arkansas" Infantry Regiment.
Perkins' Missouri Cavalry Regiment was organized during the summer of 1864. It was later reorganized as an infantry unit, and was disarmed/disbanded late that year. It was only ever partially armed and was assigned to guard Price's supply train. Born around 1840, in Chariton County, Missouri, he worked as a farm laborer before the war.
Joel Franklin marker

NAME & RANK: Sgt. Joel Parker Franklin
Unit:    Thompson's Brigade
Missouri Cavalry
Died: March 11, 1864
Approximate Age: 42 Years
Cause of death: Consumption; Phthisis Pulmonalis [i.e. Tuberculosis]
Additional information: Son of Frederick Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth Howard; Born Aug. 1, 1821 in Nicholas County, Kentucky; Wife: Ann Price of Ohio.
In 1860, he was living with his family in Keytesville, Chariton County, Missouri
Hospital Muster Roll of USA General Hospital at Fort Scott, Kansas for Apr and May 1864 died Mar 11, 1864: Confed F Thomson's Regt prisoner,
Complaint: Abscess admitted Nov 20, 1863 to USA Genl Hosp, Fort Scott, Kansas returned to duty Jan 12, 1864 see other slip - same page Ward 5 bed 4. Complaint: Consumption admitted Jan 27, 1864 to USA Genl Hosp Fort Scott, Ks, died Mar 11, 1864 consumption, Ward 5
He is reported on the casualty and wounded list under command of Brig Gen John B Clark, 3rd Div MSG at Springfield, Missouri as wounded Aug 10, 1861, however, he apparently was captured as POW unbeknownst to his regiment. They had no POW records on him. [Thanks to Carolyn Whitaker for this information]
J Harris marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. J. C. M. Harris
12th Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: November 4, 1864
Approximate Age:
Cause of death: Gun shot wound of forehead, thigh, and face
Additional information:
Patrick Mullens marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. Patrick Mullens (Mullins)

Died: January 19, 1865
Approximate Age:
Cause of death: Typhoid fever
Additional information: The date of death on Pvt. Mullens marker is incorrect.
Joseph Page marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. Joseph A. W. Page
Unit:    Co. A
29th (McGehee's) Arkansas Cavalry Regiment
Died: November 20, 1864
Approximate Age: 20
Cause of death: Gun shot wound knee joint, typhoid & pneumonia.
Additional information:
Fay Price marker

NAME & RANK: Fay Price
Unit: Unknown

Died: November 4, 1864
Approximate Age: 21
Cause of death: Unknown
Additional information: There was a Confederate guerilla (bushwhacker) with this name operating in Kansas/Missouri in 1862. His name has been associated with that of Thomas Livingston, the commander of the 1st Missouri Cavalry Brigade which operated along the SW Missouri border, Eastern Kansas, and the Indian Territory. Fay may be short for Lafayette. There was a Lafayette Price who was born in 1843; living in Neosho, Missouri in 1860.
Pvt Hiram Safford Marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. Hiram Saffell
Unit:    Co. A
45th Arkansas Mounted Infantry Regiment
Died: November 21, 1864
Approximate Age: 17
Cause of death: Typhoid
Additional information: Captured 25 Oct 1864 at Mine Creek and sent to Military Prison at Ft Scott, KS.
His death record lists his surname as "Saffold" and a death date of November 21, 1864.
He was born in Tennessee around the year 1847 to Samuel Saffell and Elizabeth Hammontree. His family lived in Lawrence County, Arkansas at the time of the 1860 U.S. Census. [Thanks to Carolyn Whitaker for this information]
G Springer Marker

NAME & RANK: G Springer
Unit: Unknown

Died: February 15, 1863
Approximate Age:
Cause of death: Typhoid, pneumonia.
Additional information:
J Teague marker

NAME & RANK: John Nathaniel Teague
Unit: Quantrill's Company, Missouri

Died: February 15, 1863
Approximate Age: 30
Cause of death: Unknown
Additional information: John, Thomas, and Adam Teague all deserted Jan 11, 1863 the Confederate Army enlisting in Clinton, Missouri, Co D, Musser's Battalion, Missouri Infantry
Then they are listed as Teigue on Quantrill's Confederate Company Missouri, Wm E Quantrill's Company, Name appears under the heading "Quantrill's Muster Roll", list not dated nor signed. [Thanks to Carolyn Whitaker for this information]
Lewis Thomas marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. Lewis Thomas
Unit:    Co. A
4th Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: November 5, 1864
Approximate Age: 55
Cause of death: Chronic diarrhea and paralysis of legs
Additional information: Pvt Thomas enlisted on 1 AUG 1862 in Bloomfield, MO. He was assigned to the dismounted part of Marmadukes command. On 15 December 1863 he was detailed to shoemaker duty. He was captured at Mine Creek on 25 OCT 1864. He was married and his widow lived in Jackson County, MO.
Wm Tucker marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. William A. Tucker
Unit:    Co. A
5th (Gordon's) Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: November 4, 1864
Approximate Age: 34
Cause of death: Gun shot wound of knee joint
Additional information: Pvt. Tucker was captured at Mine Creek on 25 OCT 1864. He was married when he died and his widow lived in Farmington, MO.
Thomas Wells marker

NAME & RANK: Pvt. Thomas F. Wells (Welles)
Unit:   Co. E
14th Missouri Cavalry Battalion (Wood's Partisan Rangers Battalion)
Died: November 12, 1864
Approximate Age:
Cause of death: Chronic bronchitis
Additional information: Pvt. Wells was captured at Mine Creek on 25 OCT 1864.

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NAME & RANK: Pvt. Robert Martin
Unit:    Co. D
10th Missouri Cavalry Regiment
Died: January 23, 1865
Approximate Age: 30
Cause of death: Smallpox
Additional information: Pvt Martin entered a military hospital in Mound City, Kansas with a gunshot wound after the battle at Mine Creek. The report of his death states Pvt. Martin claimed to be a "Deserter of Rebel Army". The death record indicates he was from "Dane County, Missouri." There is no "Dane County" in that state. Perhaps Dent or Dade county is Private Martin's home county.

The sources used for information on this page dedicated to the Confederate dead buried in the National Cemetery at Fort Scott, Kansas include the Fort Scott 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 fourteen 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. Photos taken at Fort Scott National Cemetery during November 2008 by John Weir, except for the photo of the Robt Martin headstone, which was taken by compatriot Heath Roland.
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