Hi all -
just received the following email from Ed Grooms (Oregon Co. MO CSA expert and historian) now in Montana (!!!!). He has worked on Fristoe's MO Cavalry CSA extensively in/around the Oregon Co. area.
".....Don't know if I have told you, but I live in Montana now. I left Ohio 4 years ago and came out here to be with a lady I used to date when I was here in the Air Force over 30 years ago . We got married and life is really good. Because I don't have a big void to fill in my life, I have not done any Civil War research since I've been here. All my research material is in storage boxes and my book remains unfinished. The book will have to wait until I retire, which I hope is only a couple years away.
I did check my information I have stored on my computer for your P.O. Simmons, and only find his name on the roster of Fristoe's Regt. Don't remember coming across his name in my research. He may have been the regimental physician, but because there are very few records of Fristoe's, we may never know for sure. Typically he would have been conscripted, and enlisted as a private. Then elected to regimental physician by Col. Fristoe and given an officers rank. Nothing of that sort is ever mentioned on the info I have from the National Archives. We may never know.
I also checked my cemetery info and don't find his name. The Simmons that are listed are buried in the Hall Cemetery, north of Alton, which is not on my web page. The other cemetery is the Smith cemetery in Alton which is on my web page.
How do you like the Bruce Nicholl's books? I saw them the other day on amazon.com and thought about ordering them. Do they mention anything about the Boze clan or Devil Dick Boze in Oregon County?"
Bruce - haven't run across the Boze name(s) as yet in your books; anything you want me to relay to Ed????