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Bruce

These Union Citizen papers on fold3 confirm that James C Puckett of Morgan County (native of TN, B: 1825) was arrested and in prison via Springfield as a guerilla. http://www.fold3.com/image/#291401080 and here is the original complaint made in Syracuse in 1862. Apparently Puckett was Sheriff of Morgan Co for a time and according to this document was recruiting and elected as a 1st Lt of some unstated unit. http://www.fold3.com/image/#291401059

He appears as Srgt in Co C, Shanks Regt wounded on page 4 of Shelby's list of Wounded Killed and Missing during Price's Missouri Expedition August to Dec 1864. No particulars are mad about his wound. He appears to have been arrested near Springfield in 1865 (likely on his way home) and sent to St. Louis. He was released when the PM could not find any evidence to corroborate the charges, even though he had a Oath from 1862 on file, he managed to convince them he was just another law abiding "citizen" not a Confederate combatant at the time. I find no "official" muster or military service index entries on him. His oath is listed in the MO SOS PM index and is on the Fold3 images.

House Bill 190 in the 22nd State Legislature (1864-65) was introduced and passed by both house and Senate to strip him of securities as he was the "late" Morgan County Collector. This was included with a whole list of collectors and assessors who were stripped of securities and office in Feb 1865. ( More of that martial law we are removing duly elected government officials because they are not Union enough...) He also has 3 land grants in Mill Creek Twp Morgan Co 1857 for a total of 160 acres.

Here he is in the 1860 census:

Name: James C Puckett
Age in 1860: 35
Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: Haw Creek, Morgan, Missouri
Gender: Male
Post Office: Minerva
Household Members:
Name Age
James C Puckett 35
Nancy A Puckett 29
Mary A Puckett 11
Martha Puckett 6
Sarah E Puckett 4
Malinda Puckett 2
Margaret Puckett 1
Chris Rodenback 26

and in 1850:
Name: James Puckett
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1850: Moreau, Morgan, Missouri
Gender: Male
Family Number: 168
Household Members:
Name Age
James Puckett 24
Nancy A Puckett 19
Mary Ann Puckett 1
William D Puckett 22

FWIW
John R

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