It was been a couple of months since I’ve posted. I’ve been doing research on the Civil War in the Ozarks, and I have a large series of stories beginning in the next week or two. So far, I have 11 short stories that I have gleaned from 13 sources. It is my goal to pull together all these separate stories & sources into a smoothly flowing story.
In the meantime, I have come across a few humorous & interesting tidbits on the Rebels arrested in Arkansas and taken to the Gratiot Street Military Prison, operating in St. Louis, Missouri, by the Union Army.
I took these comments from the Union P.O.W. Rolls for the reasons for making an arrest & placing someone in prison.Though some of these remarks may look humorous, it is a sad commentary of a society under the state of Martial Law.
Enjoy your Ozarks’ History.
Singing Secesh Songs etc.
Refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance
Recruiting for Rebel Army
Hurrahing for Jeff Davis and the Southern Confederacy
Insulting an Enrolling Officer
Carrying a man across the river in a skiff
Shouting for Jeff Davis
Selling liquor to slaves
Violating Oath of Allegiance
Disloyalty & Cheering for Jeff Davis
Spy from the Rebel Army
Charge not known
Provost Marshall Prison Rolls. Prisoners: St. Louis, MO, Gratiot Street Prison, January 1862-October 1863. NARA# M416-090; MSA# F1099. Missouri State Archives www.sos.mo.gov/archives/provost/provostPDF.asp#cat2.