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John,
Yes, this shows promise to attempt to track "General Crabtree" through the men he recruited in Missouri to take back to Arkansas to give to Confederate BG James H. McBride's command.

I should add that according to Bruce Allardice's 1995 "More Generals in Gray" by LSU Press on pages 155-6 James Haggin McBride, born 1814 near Harrodsburg, KY was in 1860 elected circuit judge while he was living in Houston, Texas County, MO. (Therefore, perhaps Crabtree originally took his first sets of recruits from the Miller and Cole County area to Texas County to BG McBride.) I will add from Allardice also that Sterling Price disapproved of the undisciplined behavior of McBride's Missouri State Guard command in the 7th Division during 1861, and refused to promote McBride to the Confederate rank of brigadier general, even though McBride conducted himself with honor and achievement in tough fighting at Wilson's Creek and at the Lexington siege. After failing to obtain Price's endorsement for BG in the Confederate service in late 1861 or very early 1862, McBride resigned his MSG commission and attempted without success to obtain his own BG commission. Eventually, McBride established a camp to recruit more men to plus-up the two regiments he had into a full brigade in Arkansas. This never happened, and McBride's health faltered, forcing him to live in north Arkansas in a slow recovery hiding from the Federals. Eventually, he died of pneumonia in March 1864, having achieved BG in the MO MSG but unable to obtain any commission in the Confederacy.

More importantly, Crabtree himself was mortally wounded about September 1862 in the Miller County area, died of the wound, and was buried near the Osage River. Therefore, no Crabtree living after this time could have been the "General Crabree" we seek.

Thank you so much for this effort.
Bruce Nichols

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