Welcome all! This website's aim is initially designed to do several things. First and foremost, it is to honor my direct ancestors who fought in the 8th Missouri Cavalry, Co. B, Confederates States of America.
Here is a great quote by General John B. Gordon, CSA that really sums up my general view on those who fought in the War Between the States -
"For the future glory of this Republic, it is absolutely immaterial whether on this battlefield or that the Blue or the Gray won a great victory, for, thanks be to God, every victory won in that War by either side was a monument to American valor." February 7, 1901
Secondly, I hope this will stand as a forum for all interested to share stories, pictures and ask questionsthat will aid them and others in the research of their family and historyin general.
Lastly, this site will serve as a clearinghouse of related information and itemsthat I find of interest as a student of the War Between the States.You may see links that go from articles on the Battle of Helena, to battle flags, to my favorite sutlers and even pictures of my family at recent living history events.
Direct Ancestors in the 8th MO
*2LT Joseph G. Lewis *1CPL Eli C. Lewis *PVT Andrew J. English *PVT Matthew H. English
Other Relatives in the 8th MO
*4SGT Camster, George Henry, Co. E *PVT Christopher E Eaker, Co. A *PVT Christopher C. English Cos. F, K and B *3SGT Joel R. English Cos. D, K and B *PVT Robert M. English Co. F and *PVT Thomas W. English Co. F *PVT Solomon M. Hayden Cos. B and A *PVT Francis M. Holley Co. B *PVT George H. Holley Cos. B & A *PVT Cicero A. Howard Co. D *PVT George W. Howard Co. F *PVT James M. Howard Co. D *2CPL Uriah M. Howard Co. D *PVT George Hughey Co. F *COL William Jeffers *PVT Elisha H. Launius Cos. I & C *PVT George W. Launius Co. I *PVT Daniel Lape Co. B *PVT John Melton Lewis Co. K *PVT Harvey Pirtle Co. I *PVT Ferdinand A. Whitledge Co. D *3CPL James A. Whitledge Co. D *PVT Joseph W. Whitledge Co. D *PVT Samuel A. Whitledge Co. D *PVT Thomas B. Whitledge Co. D
29 Total Ancestors were veterans of the 8th Missouri Cavalry Regiment!
At the end of a brutal battle at the base of Champion Hill, about 15 miles east of Vicksburg, MS, with no apparent change in military gain, an Illinois soldier noted while roaming the field, "There they lay, the blue and the gray intermingled; the same rich, young American blood flowing out in little rivulets of crimson; each thinking he was right."