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Civil War on the Home-Front


Zane Alexander Olson
Descendant of Wilford McKee

The war extended to the Mc Kee family when my great-great grandfather, Wilford H. Mc Kee, Sr., joined the Union ranks.

He mustered into the 7th Regiment, Missouri Calvary, Company F. He ranked in and out as a private. (re: National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000390, 0032, 00000131) There are no family members left to discuss with or research any information with his involvement, only sources of the tales I have found on the internet and read in history books.

If you have a family member who served in the 7th Missouri Calvary, email me your information, and I will gladly add it to this page.

History of the 7th Regiment Calvary:

Organized February 20, 1862, by consolidation of Black Hawk Cavalry and Unattached Companies. Attached to Dept. of Kansas to June 1862. District of Southwest Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to October, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to June 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, District of Southeast Missouri, Dept., of Missouri, to August 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Arkansas Expedition, to January, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to May 1864. Clayton's Independent Cavalry Brigade, 7th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, to February 1865. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, to February 1865.

SERVICE: Operations about Miami and Waverly May 25-28, 1862. Scouts to Waverly, Miami, Franklin and Pink Hill June 4-10 (Cos. "H" and "I"). Pink Hill June 11 (Detachment). Haytown June 23 (Co. "B"). Operations about Sibley and Pink Hill June 28-July 1 (Cos. "B," "D," "F" and "K"). Lotspeach Farm, near Wadesburg, July 9. Expeditions in Cass County July 9-11; on Blackwater, near Columbus, July 23. Lone Jack August 16 (5 Cos.). Occupation of Newtonia October 4. Battle of Prairie Grove , Ark., December 7. Van Buren December 21. Expedition over Boston Mountains December 27-29. Moved to Fiat Creek February 1863; thence to Rolla, Mo. Operations against Marmaduke April 17-May 2. At Pilot Knob, Mo., till July. Brownsville, Ark., July 25. Steele's Expedition against Little Rock, Ark., August 1-September 10. Grand Prairie August 17. Brownsville August 25. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 10. Pursuit of Price September 11-14. Near Little Rock September 11. Expedition from Benton to Mt. Ida November 10-18. Reconnaissance from Little Rock December 5-13. Princeton December 8. Branchville January 17, 1864. Monticello March 18, 1864. Steele's Expedition to Camden March 23-May 3. Expedition from Pine Bluff to Mt. Elba and Longview March 27-31. Mt. Elba March 30 and pursuit to Big Creek. Mark's Mills April 25 (Detachment). Expedition from Pine Bluff September 9-11. Near Monticello September 10 (Detachment). Brewer's Lane September 11 (Detachment). Reconnaissance from Little Rock toward Monticello and Mt. Elba October 4-11. Expedition from Pine Bluff and skirmish January 7-9, 1865 (Detachment). Near Pine Bluff January 9. Consolidated with 1st Missouri Cavalry February 22, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 55 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 228 Enlisted men by disease. Total 291. Predecessor unit: MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS BISHOP'S CAVALRY BATTALION ("BLACK HAWK CAVALRY"). Organized at Henderson and LaClede, Mo., November 14-December 31, 1861. Assigned to duty in Northeast Missouri. Action at Spring Hill October 27 (1 Co.). Expedition to Milford December 15-19. Shawnee Mound or Milford, on Blackwater, December 18. Hudson December 21 (Detachment). Assigned to 7th Missouri Cavalry February 20, 1862.

Civil War Sites to Visit

Songs of the Union
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (a must for genealogists)
Everything from fife tunes to song lyrics to photographs of Civil War bands
Society for Online Civil War Research
Listing of links with reference to civil war genealogy
The United States Civil War Center's Index of Civil War information
History and images of the Gettysburg Address
Emancipation Proclamation
Robert E. Lee screen saver
Ulysses S. Grant screen saver
Links to Civil War Manuscripts (excellent!)
Civil War Web Rings



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