James Riddle Shaler

James Riddle Shaler

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Sep 1910 (aged 78–79)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 115 Lot 19
Memorial ID 8508119 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Army Officer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after moving to Missouri he became an officer in the prestigious St. Louis Militia. On the day of the “Camp Jackson Massacre” (May 10, 1861), he was serving as a Major on the staff of Colonel John Stevens Bowen’s Second Regiment of General Daniel M. Frost’s Brigade. After his capture and the subsequent parole, he joined the Missouri State Guard. At the battle of Elkhorn Tavern, Arkansas (March 7, 1862), he was serving as General Frost’s 7th Division Inspector General. During the battle he served on detached duty under Colonel Colton Greene and won the praise of Generals Henry Little and Frost for his gallantry and bravery under fire. During the summer of 1862 he helped organize the 27th Arkansas Infantry regiment. Most of the men were recruited from northern Arkansas and were initially assigned to General James Tappan’s Brigade of the Trans-Mississippi Department. The regiment fought at the battles of Prairie Grove, Bayou Fourche and Jenkins Ferry. They were later assigned to General Thomas Hindman’s First Corps, 3rd Division (M.M. Parsons), Second Brigade, Colonel Shaler commanding. He was reassigned be on staff of General Sterling Price as Inspector General of the Army of Missouri in May 1864. While serving in this capacity he participated in General Price’s attempt to liberate the State of Missouri in 1864. He participated in all of the battles from Pilot Knob to Westport. His performance was notable and during the December 1864 reorganization of the army of Missouri, he was called on to oversee the operations. After the war he moved to St. Louis with his wife Virginia Elizabeth (Coons).

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 14 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8508119
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Riddle Shaler (1831–10 Sep 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8508119, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .