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Encampment of the State Regiments.


May 1861

From The Missouri Democrat, Tuesday, May 7, 1861.

Encampment of the State Regiments.

In accordance with published orders, the State troops, of the First Military District, went into encampment yesterday, at Lindell’s Grove, on the Olive street road. The commands assembled at their respective armories, and thence proceeded to Washington avenue, where at about eleven A. M., the brigade line was formed, fronting south, the right resting on Eleventh street. A very large concourse of people, men, women and children, gathered to witness the parade. The troops formed in two regiments, together comprising some nine hundred men—we enumerated eight hundred and ninety two—and marched out the avenue, across to the Olive street road, and thence a few hundred yards southward to the place of encampment. The day was propitious, with the drawback of a high west wind and dense clouds of dust. A very large number of spectators followed in cars and on foot to the place of encampment, which had been christened after the Governor of the State, Camp Jackson.

The camp ground selected is a few hundred yards south of the suburban terminus of the Olive street railway. It is a beautifully shaded grove, the trees standing well apart, and with a nearly level extent of open field around. The site is near the terminal of both the Olive and Market street cars, and is one of both convenience and taste.

The troops moved into their camping ground at about noon, the First Regiment occupying the western and the second the eastern section of the grounds.

A larger proportion of the troops consisted of fresh recruits, and the order of movement in their case was of course much inferior to that of the disciplined columns.

Arrived at their designated localities, the companies were permitted to repose until the baggage wagons with the camp equipage reached the grounds.

The interval was not long, and a well organized camp of some two hundred and forty tents, with a broad avenue dividing the regiments, was speedily established.

Orders were then read, a patrol guard established, and the companies dismissed for refreshment or recreation, and to perfect the details of the encampment.

The following is a schedule of the regiments in camp:

Brigadier General D. M. Frost, commanding; Lieut. Col. R. S. Voorhies, Adjutant General; Major N. Wall, Commissary; Major Henry W. Williams, Quartermaster; Joseph Scott, M. D., Surgeon; Major W. D. Woods, Aid-de-camp.


Lieut. Col. Knapp, commanding; Capt. N. Hatch, Quartermaster and acting Commissary; Capt. John B. Drew, Paymaster; W. C. Buchanan, Adjutant; A. J. P. Garesche, Judge Advocate; Dr. Louis T. Pim, Surgeon.

Company A.—St. Louis Grays. Captain, Martin Burke; 1st Lieutenant, Steven O. Colman; 2d, H. B. Belt; 3d, R. N. Leoneri. Fifty-one, rank and file.

Company B.—Sarsfield Guards. Captain, Chas. W. Rogers; acting 1st Lieutenant, Hugh McDermot. Forty-six rank and file. 1st Lieutenant, Thos. Curley is absent on the Southwest expedition.

Company C.—Washington Guards. Lieut. Robt. Tucker commanding; 2d Lieutenant, Thos. Moyland; 3d Lieutenant, Cornelius Hefferman. Forty-eight rank and file.

Company D.—Emmet Guards. Capt. Coyne.

Company E.—Washington Blues. Captain, Jos. Kelly; 1st Lieutenant, (acting) T. M. Farbar, forty-five in rank and file.

Company F.—Laclede Guard. Capt. Fraser.

Company G.—Missouri Guards, Capt. Geo. W. West.

Company H.—Jackson Guards, Captain George W. Fletcher; 1st Lieutenant, J. M. Henning; 2d, Wm. Morony; 3d, John Bullock. Forty-six rank and file.

Company I.—Grimsley Guards (a new company organized last Thursday night,) Captain B. N. Hart; 1st Lieutenant, Thomas Keith; 2d, R. C. Finney; 3d, John Gross; Orderly Serjeant [sic], Otis Barclay. Forty-eight, in rank and file.

Company K.—Davis Guard, Captain Jas. Longuemeir; 1st Lieutenant, L. Kretzmeir; 2d, A. Hopton; 3d, Julius Laduc. Sixty-five in rand and file.


Col.—Jno. S. Bowen; Lieut. Col—A. E. Steen; Major—J. R. Shaler.

Engineer Corps of National Guards, attached to 2d Regiment, (the former two Companies of N. Guards are merged in one.)

1st Lieut., W. H. Finney; 2d, Chas. Perrine; 3d, John M. Gilkeson.

1st Sergeant, S. H. Smith; 2d op. R. McCormack; 3d, Geo. J. Chapman; 4th, E. F. Chappel; 5th, A. T. Merkings.

Corporals: P. C.; Taylor, Geo. Walker, J. D. Holliday, D. Clay Woods and S. S. Carr.

The corps has some fifty-five privates, of whom forty were yesterday on the grounds. The company comprises about two-thirds of the former companies.

Co. A—Independent Guards, Capt. Frederick, forty-six men.

Co. B—Missouri Videttes, Capt. O. H. Barrett, forty-five men.

Co. C—Capt. Duke.

Co. D—McLaren Guards, Capt. Sandford, sixty one men.

Co. E—Capt. Green, forty-eight men.

Co. F—Jackson Grays, Capt. Garland, sixty-five men.

Co. G—Dixie Guards, Capt. Campbell, forty-eight men.

H—Southern Guards, forty five men.

I—Carondelet Rangers, Capt. Loughborough, thirty-five men.

Some fifty men had no guns.