I am writing on a project about the war in north Alabama and am trying to find definitive information about Colonel Florence M. Cornyn who oversaw the burning of LaGrange Military Academy in LaGrange, Alabama, on the night April 28, 1863.
I have several questions:
1. Is the Surgeon Cornyn with the 1st Regiment Missouri Volunteers in 1861 the same Colonel Florence M. Cornyn leading the 10th Missouri Cavalry in 1863?
2. Does anyone have any record of the burning of LaGrange Military Academy (formerly LaGrange College) and the village of LaGrange, from the point of view of the attackers? General Dodge only says in his official report that Cornyn's group burned some houses that night. (I already have the online information produced in the Muscle Shoals area.)
3. Why did Cornyn's second-in-command Lt. Col. William Bowen kill him during a court martial proceeding in Corinth, Mississippi, in August 1863? Who was being court martialed? Were any proceedings taken against Bowen? Apparently, he was promoted at a later date to colonel.
4. Can anyone give me biographical information on Cornyn? Where was he from, when was he born, where was he educated, what did he do before the war, etc.?
Thanks in advance.