55th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)

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Brief History

The 55th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia was enrolled between 9 August 1862 and 20 September 1862.  They were ordered into service between 8 and 18 August 1862. They were discharged between 17  and 30 September 1862.  They were reordered into service between 21 and 28 April 1863 and were again discharged between 24 and 25 May 1863. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A - Captain Reuben H. Farrer - Many men from St. Clair, Franklin County

Company B - Captains William Dress, J. T. Vitt - Many men from Washington County

Company C - Captain Andrew Fink - Many men from Boeffton, Franklin County

Company D - Captain James A. Crews - Many men from Boonetown, Franklin County

Company E - Captain Henry Gilhaus - Many men from  Bolestown, Franklin County

Company F - Captain T. W. Withinton - Many men from Calbert Station, Franklin County

Company G - Captain Charles Danz - Many men from Boeff Township, Franklin County

Company H - Captain August Henschen - Many men from Pacific, Franklin County

Company I - Captain Phillip Shenk - Many men from Pacific, Franklin County

The above information about the companies with partial rosters is found in Kenneth E. Weant's book, Civil War Records: Missouri Enrolled Militia Infantry Regiments, Volume 7.[1]

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Missouri in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Missouri in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Missouri, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kenneth E. Weant, Civil War Records: Missouri Enrolled Militia Infantry Regiments, Volume 7 (Arlington, Texas : K.E. Weant, c2010), pages #135-145. FHL book 977.8 M2wka v. 7