B. L. Pemberton, Private, Company K, Shank’s 12th Missouri Cavalry, resident of Saline County, Mo., appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War of Cos. H, I, and K, Shank’s Regiment Mo. Vol. Cavalry, Confederate States Army, commanded by Capt. R. H. Adams, surrendered at New Orleans, La., by General E. K. Smith, C. S. A., to Maj. Gen. E. R. S. Canby, U. S. A., May 26, 1865, and paroled at Shreveport, La., June 14, 1865. Roll dated Shreveport, La., June 14, 1865
Note, there is only one muster roll for Company K found in the records, that for the bi-monthly period January/February, 1864. Since he is not recorded on that roll, it seems probable that he enlisted sometime after that day and could have been Conscripted having just reached the age of 17, or could have been 50 years of age.
M322: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri
12th Missouri Cavalry Rgt.
Col. David Shanks, LtCol. William H. Erwin,
Majs. Samuel Bowman, H. J. Vivien
The regiment, formerly the Jackson County Cavalry, was organized in the summer of 1863. The unit was in Shelby's brigade and confronted the Federals in Missouri and Arkansas. It lost two men at Marks' Mills, Ark. and lost 35 men during Price's 1864 Missouri expedition. As of May 3, 1864 it reported 35 officers and 292 enlisted present. It was included in the June 2, 1865 surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department.
Submitted by: John Heseltine
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