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Gen Joseph Orville "Jo" Shelby
Birth: Dec. 12, 1830
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 13, 1897
Bates County
Missouri, USA

Confederate Brigadier General who served entirely in the Trans-Mississippi West. A planter and rope manufacturer, he had had investments in both his native Kentucky and Missouri. During the Bleeding Kansas episode he led a company of Kentuckians on the slavery side. Early in the Civil War he entered the Missouri State Guard and his assignments included: captain, Shelby's Ranger Company, Missouri State Guard (spring 1861); colonel, 5th Missouri Cavalry (1862); commanding brigade, Marmaduke's Cavalry Division, Ist Corps, Trans-Mississippi Department (summer December 1862); commanding brigade, Marmaduke's Cavalry Division, District of Arkansas, Trans-Mississippi Department January-July 4, 1863 and late 1863-September 1864); brigadier general, CSA (December 15, 1863); commanding division, Army of Missouri, Trans-Mississippi Department (September 18-September 1864); and commanding lst (Missouri) Cavalry Brigade, lst (Missouri) Cavalry Division, Cavalry Corps, Trans-Mississippi Department (September 1864-May 26, 1865). During Price's invasion of Missouri in the late summer and fall of 1864 he led a cavalry division. When the Confederacy's collapse came he refused to surrender and led part of his force to Mexico where they unsuccessfully offered their services to either side. He then returned to his business interests in Missouri. (O'Flaherty, Daniel, General Jo Shelby, Undefeated Rebel). (bio by: Bill Walker) 
Family links: 
  Anna Maria Shelby Boswell Gratz (1808 - 1892)
  Elizabeth Nancy Shelby Shelby (1841 - 1928)*
  Orville Shelby (1859 - 1929)*
  Joseph Boswell Shelby (1864 - 1940)*
  Benjamin Gratz Shelby (1866 - 1946)*
  Webb Shelby (1869 - 1952)*
  Samuel Shinler Shelby (1871 - 1948)*
  Anne Shelby Jersig (1874 - 1943)*
  John Morgan Shelby (1878 - 1951)*
  Howard H. Shelby (1882 - 1912)*
  Joseph Orville Shelby (1830 - 1897)
  Annie Gratz Clay (1847 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hill Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Historic marker at cemetary entrance gives directions
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Record added: Jan 20, 2000
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- Steven Scott
 Added: Jun. 9, 2016
To a true hero and patriot. Thank you for your service, sir. Rest in peace.
- anonymous
 Added: Feb. 14, 2016
For service rendered the Confederacy during our American Civil War. Rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Feb. 13, 2016
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