I have several Confederate ancestors, but one remains a mystery as to his final fate. My great-grandmother's brother, Carson Whitney Randol, a resident of Cape Girardeau County, enlisted in the 8th MO Cav Regiment during the fall of 1862. He appears in the regimental records thereafter until they effectively end with the bi-monthly report of December, 1863. He was listed as present on that date.
According to information provided by a cousin who delves in genealogy, the family story is that Randol was taken prisoner at a place and date unknown, charged with being a spy, and executed by Federal troops 23 Feb 1864. He was merely 18 years old at the time of his demise.
I have often wondered if perhaps he was one of the many men executed on the field by Federal troops following his capture at the battle of Mine Creek, Ks, on October 25, 1864. In Luimir Buresh's book on that battle, he indicates that perhaps a few hundred Confederates that had parts of Federal uniforms were summarily executed. Many had donned Federal overcoats captured at Glasgow. That seems more likely to me.
Any help with this puzzle will be appreciated.