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Bruce: It appears to me that the "General" Crabtree had to be either L. P. Crabtree, the lieutanant of the Clark Township Southern Guards, a MSG unit raised in southern Cole County and environs, or L. C. Crabtree, a man who recruited what became Co. K of the 10th Missouri Infantry, Parsons's Missouri Brigade, CSA. The latter did not command the company, as John Still was elected captain. The company was recruited primarily in Miller County, which, of course, borders on the southern edge of Cole County.

It is at least possible that L. P., and L. C. were one and the same man. The recruiter of Company K of the 10th Infantry was definitely L. C., as the initials are plain to see on the company muster roll. As for the officer of the Clark Township Southern Guards, I cannot be certain of his initials as I have not viewed the muster roll of that company in several years. It could be that I misinterpreted the initials when I transposed the muster roll so many years ago.

The "General" was not John W. Crabtree of Arkansas, as Bruce Allardice has a short biography of that officer in his Confederate Colonels, and that individual was serving in an Arkansas unit when the recruiting was going on in Miller County, etc., in the summer of 1862.

Thus, I am reasonably certain that the "general" was either L. P. or L. C., but I am not certain which one, unless they were the same person.

There is a little booklet at the state archives which covers the activities and death of the "general" although I cannot recall the title of it, but if memory serves me correctly the author does not provide the first name of him either.

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