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 Joseph Orville “Jo” Shelby

Joseph Orville “Jo” Shelby

Birth
Lexington-Fayette, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Death 13 Feb 1897 (aged 66)
Adrian, Bates County, Missouri, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 8197 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. 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


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  • Added: 20 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8197
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Orville “Jo” Shelby (12 Dec 1830–13 Feb 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8197, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .