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Bryce,

I wonder if there may have been a Crabtree who commanded Arkansas troops, to have POWs state they were "members of Crabtree's regiment," That seems reasonable.

James E. McGhee's "Guide to Missouri Confederate Units, 1862-1865" on page 67 indicated Captain Crabtree's Company G under regimental commander Colonel Colton Greene saw lots of action in Price's Raid. The regiment skirmished at Leasburg, Union, and Hermann, Russellville, and Boonville. Greene's 3rd Missouri Cavalry Regiment held the right flank at Glasgow on 15 October, too, and this helped compel the Union garrison to surrender. McGhee also implied the 3rd was courageous at Little Blue River on 21 October, and they also fought at Byram's Ford. Greene's regiment suffered casualties of 19 KIA, 110 WIA, and 29 MIA in the Missouri Raid.

Joanne Eakin and Donald Hale's 1993 "Branded as Rebels" on page 94, cited Monnett as their source to state Confederate Captain Crabtree of "Greene's command" was "severely wounded" on "the Missouri expedition," but I have seen nothing else indicating this, or giving more detail about it.

Donald Hale's "Branded As Rebels, Volume Two" gave a paragraph about the mysterious Crabtree I seek. Hale allowed that Crabtree was a colonel, and passed through Maries County in August 1862, although Mr. Hale did not seem aware that the recruiter Crabtree died a month later in late September. The "Central City and Brunswicker" of 16 October 1862 printed that a Union militiaman mortally wounded Crabtree. That newspaper article also wrote that Union forces found secret Rebel mail that Crabtree was carrying when he was killed. And, there are at least three versions by those Union militiamen from their point of view when they hunted him down with some of his cadre and mortally wounded Crabtree. These stories ended when the Union men made one of Crabtree's men dig up his grave just to make sure he was truly dead. Despite this last step, Union authorities chose to ignore such claims later in the war when they named Crabtree at his old haunts again in summer 1864 instead of Crabtree's former cadreman, Wiley Schumate, who was actually the leader that year. Perhaps the ignorance of Union authorities about Schumate allowed the man to escape retribution and settle postwar running a store in postwar Grayson County, Texas, as a descendant of Schumate's told me some years ago.

The Crabtree I seek was maybe a colonel, but he evidently called himself a general. I wonder if he had Mexican War experience. That Crabtree made several trips during 1862 with recruits from Cole, Miller, and maybe even Maries Counties south to southern Brigadier General James McBride down in Shannon County or thereabouts. I have seen in records that General McBride expected his subordinate commanders to behave themselves and act as officers. I wonder if recruiter Crabtree's calling himself a general and his tendency to kill northern sympathizers, put off General McBride, and resulted in Crabtree being kept out of official acceptance. I suppose that the Lieutenant L. P. Crabtree in the Missouri State Guard of Cole County in 1861 may very well be the mysterious "General" Crabtree I seek, as some researchers advise me. We would assume the Lieutenant L. P. Crabtree was the aggressive Rebel recruiter.

Bruce Nichols

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