The Adjutant General's Office in Washington replies that there is "no record found of Confederate organization known as Co. C, Col. Pollock's Regt, MO Vol."
Then there's some handwritten notes that say W.D. Chronister was paroled as pvt, Co. A Clardy's Bat, Cav, 6 June 1865 at Jacksonport, ARK.
Next the AGO writes that No rolls of Clardy's Battalion MO Cav CSA exist in the office. But they find William Cronester, Cpl, Co A, Clardy's Bat, MO Cav, CSA, on a muster and descriptive roll of prisoners of war surrendered 11 May 1865, paroled 5 June 1856 at Jacksonport ARK. Also shown to have enlisted Reynolds Co, MO, age 41 years.
So do you think this "Captain William Chronister" mentioned in the article would be the same one applying for the pension? Was he operating at the time of the incident described as an 'independent', and then joined a regular regiment later?
Also, when a record says that someone was "paroled at Jacksonport, ARK" does that mean they actually WENT there, in the flesh? I hope that's not a really stupid question, but I don't know a great deal about the military.
I've tracked William through the census in 1850, and in 1870-1910 in Reynolds and Shannon Counties, but I CANNOT find him in 1860, and it's very frustating as am trying to identify his first wife Mary Ann, and figure out what happened to her, and who he married as his second.