His name was William Kavanaugh and he signed up under a Captain Williams [first name unknown] in Tipton, Missouri in the late summer of 1861 after the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Williams' company was part of Kelley's Regiment, Parson's Division of the Missouri State Guard. In the reorganization, he enlisted in Company D, Second Missouri. After the war, from 1901-1902, Kavanaugh was head of the Missouri Confederate Home. Phil Gottschalk used portions of his memoir in his book, In Deadly Earnest.