PHOTO GALLERY: Portraits from the Battle of Boonville

Saturday, June 18, 2011 | 5:34 p.m. CDT
T.W. Peabody re-enacts the role of Confederate Captain of 6th Missouri Company D at the Battle of Boonville campgrounds on Friday afternoon. "Reliving history and paying homage to them is just worth doing," he said.

Take a trip back in time and examine the dress and look of the Battle of Boonville through this portrait gallery.

Fifteen-year-old fifer Carly Beard plays music for the re-enactors and spectators at the Battle of Boonville Civil War site on Friday. Beard has been re-enacting for two years and first got involved by participating in Lewis and Clark re-enactments.
Jimmy Hovis fills the roll of Confederate quartermaster at the Battle of Boonville campgrounds on Friday afternoon. Hovis has been re-enacting for five years.
LeAnn Morlan, who plays a "millinery sutler" — a person who followed an army to sell goods — sells handmade clothing, hats, bonnets and jewelry at the Battle of Boonville campgrounds on Friday afternoon. "It's a thrill to see people in the costumes we make," Morlan said.
Twelve-year-old Treasure Durden plays an antiques dealer, and Jason Willis re-enacts a hat maker at the Battle of Boonville campgrounds on Friday afternoon. "You got to know where you come from to know where you're going," Willis said. "You learn the sacrifices they made that made this country."
Barbara Jackson re-enacts the role of Mrs. Clayborn Fox Jackson, the wife of the governor of Missouri at the time of the Civil War. "The men are such gentlemen. They tip their hats and open doors. It's like going into a different time period and it's really nice," Jackson said.
Jamie Eaves re-enacts part of a medical team, and 2-year-old Jadelynn Thrasher plays a Confederate camp follower at the Battle of Boonville campgrounds on Friday afternoon. Thrasher has been a part of re-enactments her entire life, along with her parents and grandmother.
Nate Corley, 20, sits outside his campsite in Union regalia Friday afternoon before the Battle of Boonville. "I used to be artillery, but for the last couple of years I've been infantry," said Corley who has been re-enacting for 12 years.

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jeffrey orf June 18, 2011 | 8:48 p.m.

my great great grandfather john orf used to guard that bridge. my family tells me he was a captain, because he had a gun. could any one tell me where to find any information on this battle. we still have his bayonet.

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James Thoma June 19, 2011 | 6:38 p.m.

Try "This Cruel Unnatural War : The American Civil War in Cooper County, Missouri" by James F. Thoma. Available from in hardcopy or Kindle.

Officers were elected by members of a company. Since most everyone on the frontier had a gun of some sort; I sincerely doubt if that was the reason for his election. Secondly since you still have his bayonet it appears to me that he received a military weapon after his enlistment. You did not say what side your ancestor fought on; and that would mean a great deal on how he was equipped, the size of the company, etc. You also mentioned that he was posted to guarding a bridge. The only bridge that was guarded was the bridge over the Lamine River in Cooper County, And it is not close to the site of the First Battle of Boonville.

Let me know if I can help you out

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