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Re: Capt. Ford's Missouri Paw Paw Militia

Richard,

The existing records do not specify exactly which of the Paw Paw Militia were present at the Parkville Raid of 7 July 1864, except some of the 82nd EMM of Company E resisted the raiders until forced to surrender Some of the Company E men who had to surrender later commented they recognized some of the raiders as former comrades in the 82nd EMM, but did not identify those men by company. However, the raiders at Parkville were led by guerrilla chief Charles Fletcher Taylor, and his men were estimated by witnesses as numbering between 56 and 80 bushwhackers wearing Union uniforms, and a like number of Taylor's men waited in the nearby woods as a reserve, if needed, but Taylor did NOT have to call them into the fight.

Let me repeat, I have no good evidence to identify which of the Paw Paw 82nd EMM were part of the Parkville raid, except those mentioned above. The Union officers that remained loyal to the Union cause set about to determine who joined LTC Thornton or the bushwhackers toward the end of the campaign, based on witness statements in order to separate who joined the southerners and who did not. It was difficult for Union authorities to figure out who did what until Thornton's campaign was almost over.

Bruce

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