16th Missouri Cavalry Equipment Reports

The 16th Missouri Cavalry was organized in Springfield on November 1, 1863 from the 6th Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia. They were attached to the District of Southwest Missouri until April 1865, and then the District of North Missouri until July 1, 1865 when they were mustered out.

The 16th Missouri Cavalry scouted and patrolled routes across the Ozarks, seeing action in Wright, Dallas, Texas, Ozark, Laclede and other Missouri Counties. They also participated in the Battle of Mine Creek and other engagements during Sterling Price’s 1864 expedition into Missouri. During their time in service one officer and twelve enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded. One officer and thirty-one enlisted men succumbed to disease. In total, 16th Missouri Cavalry lost forty-five men.1

This collection contains three equipment reports from the 16th Missouri Cavalry outlining the use of supplies and their value. Researchers are encouraged to consult other equipment and supply ledgers located in the Community & Conflict collection to study the war’s impact on distribution of goods, demand and market value in the Ozarks.

Contributed by Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

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  1. Frederick H. Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion vol 2, (Dayton: Broadfoot Publishing Company Morningside Press, 1994), 1311.