Re: 6th MO Cavalry State Militia
Victoria, I believe I may be able to fill in a few blanks for you. There were two Grays in Company F, 6th MSM, Capt. D. D. McMichael. The company was organized at Plattsburg in March/April 62. There was a James Gray who enlisted into the company on 30 March 62 at Plattsburg. It appears James' younger brother, Charles Gray, enlisted at Springfield on 3 August 1863 and mustered out on July 18, 1865 at Benton Barracks. Charles appears on a couple returns as in the field with his company during fall of 63. He was 17 years old at the time. With regards to the Bridge incident, I doubt that young Charles was present, but in March 62 the company was stationed in Warrensburg where they were engaged in guarding bridges and patrolling. The company spent the bulk of the war engaged in anti guerrilla activities with only two men having been killed in action, both by guerrillas. Dunagan was killed in action on May 12,1863 in a skirmish with guerrillas in the Centre Creek expedition north of Newtonia. By the summer of 1864 the bulk of the men from the 6th MSM re-enlisted as Veteran Volunteers into the 13th Mo. Vet Vol. Cavalry under their old regimental Commander Edwin C. Catherwood. James Gray is one of those men who apparently went with McMichael into the 13th. As for Charles, at the time of the Price Raid Charles went with what was left of the 6th MSM, which included my great Grand father Peter C. Brooks of Company C, as part of Sanborns Brigade in chasing after Price. They fought at Jeff City and a few skirmishes on the road followed by Big Blue (Oct 23) and the last battle to be fought in Missouri 2nd Newtonia on October 28, 1864. I have the full rosters by company of this regiment as well as a few others and have been working on this material for a number of years sorting out all the blanks that are missing in the official records.