Thank you for your kind words.
In regard to the incorrect names, I do not have the photocopies of the pages handy, but the newspapers were notorious at getting people's name incorrect. They just reported the second-hand news as they heard it - most times by some bystander or soldier on the fringe of the action. They did not know the partcipants personally and just remembered what they could. (Of course I could have easily mistyped a name - reading those old newspapers is pretty tough on the eyes, especially using bad photocopies of bad microfilm)
I do thank you for putting the correct names to these people. It will help in my research in figuring out the facts.
As to the Painter Creek/Panther Creek item: The actual name of the creek is Painter Creek. But the term 'painter' was used the same as 'panther' back then. (I have nor found a Painter family in the area as of yet)
In regard to See's Ford, I am not really sure exactly how it show be spelled (See's Ford, Seeford, Seesferd). It was a shallow area on the Chariton River that appears to be once owned by a man named See. The local folk tend to slur the name a bit and someone not familiar with the place could easily mis-hear what they said and get either Sees or Sears out of it.
Another point is: there is a mention of a skirmish 'near Stockton' - this would have been the Painter Creek incident. Most of McNeil's men left Kirksville and went south to Macon. (Macon was actually Macon City and it was right next to Stockton. When the towns merge, they called it Macon and dropped the 'City'.) Some of McNeil's men then went west and joined into the Porter skirmishes that followed.
You appear to know a bit about the 5th Cav MSM - do you have any specifics on the movements of the Companies involved (D and H?) for a few days prior and after the skirmishes? It appears as if two of the Unit's men were wounded at Painter's Creek; one mortally and Linville was wounded at See's Ford - do you know who was killed and who was wounded at Painter Creek?