Col.James Cade Monroe was known as "The Ragged Colonel of The Rawhides." His Cavalry Regiment was called the "Rawhides" because of their lack of equipment and clothing. Col. Monroe dressed just as his men dressed. Before the war, my great grandfather Peyton Green Whaley was an overseer on his father-in-law John Anderson's plantation in Washington County Arkansas. In 1861, Whaley enlisted in Col. Monroe's Regiment and he later called the Confederate army in Arkansas "The Junkyard Army". He saw action at the battles of Cane Hill and Pleasant Grove Arkansas.
Several years after making San Louis Potosi Mexico his new home, Col. Monroe was killed while trying to break up a knife fight between two Mexicans. He is buried somewhere in the Mexican hills because non-Catholics cannot be buried in Mexican Catholic cemeteries. During the entire period Col.Monroe was in Mexico, he wrote home and expressed how much he disliked the people and the country of Mexico. He especially hated the bullfights and the inhumane sport the Mexicans made of it.
Monroe's Cavalry was among Gen. Jo Shelby's exiles and reached the Taos Ferry on the Trinity River where they expedition rested and resupplied at a plantation located near the present community of Chatfield, north of Corsicana, Texas. While at the bivouac, Col. Monroe took a survey of his men to see who wanted to continue to Mexico with the Shelby Expedition. The majority of Monroe's Cavalry regiment decided to return to their homes in Arkansas.
My great grandfather rode with Col.Monroe's regiment as far as the Taos Ferry but then decided to return to his wife and family in Washington County Arkansas.