Civil War Confederate Army Brigadier General, US Senator. He graduated from Chapel Hill College Missouri, in 1853, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1855 and proceeded to practice law in Warrensburg, Missouri. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army and was commissioned a Captain in Company G, 3rd Regiment of the Missouri State Guard. Rising through the ranks to Brigadier General of the 1st Missouri Brigade, he fought in actions at Carthage, Oak Hills, Lexington, Elkhorn, Farmington, Iuka, Corinth, Hatchie Bridge, Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, Bakers Creek, Big Black, Vicksburg, Kennesaw Mountain, Allatoona, Tilton, Franklin and was wounded twice. He was captured at Fort Blakely, Alabama, in April 1865 and paroled in May 1865. After the war, he resumed the practice of law, was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1874 and served until 1905. He was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission, serving (1905-10), appointed a US commissioner to reestablish the boundary line between Texas and New Mexico, 1911 and was a civilian member of the board of ordnance in the War Department, a position he held until his death at age 81.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Nancy Marnea Ellis Black