Re: Dorsey brothers, CSA
Bruce, you are exactly right. I was confusing my prominent Pike Confederates so thanks for your insight on the issue. For those who are interested, I have been coming up with a bit on Caleb Dorsey's post-war activities. Like Burbridge, Dorsey didn't, and probably couldn't, return to Pike County after the war (Radicals had almost total control of the county). Dorsey, with his brothers, ended up in California as a farmer, with mining interests. Unlike some other Missouri Confederates, Dorsey was able to maintain his pre-war fortune--probably due to the fact that staunch Unionists James O. Broadhead and Gilchrist Porter were married to his sisters. As prominent as Dorsey, Broadhead and Porter were, one Dorsey kinsman recently commented to me that that must have made for some interesting conversations at family gatherings--if there were any.