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Southerners considered Missouri One of Their Own


Throughout mainstream history it has been taught that both Kentucky and Missouri were "Border States" despite the fact that they were recognized by the Confederate government as being part of their new country.

J.M. Hubbard a member of Company E , 7th Tennessee Regiment , Forrest's Cavalry Corps writes in his book "Notes of a Private" that:

"We were to be a part of Pillow's Army of Occupation, and to that end, we went aboard the steamer Ohio with orders to debark at New Madrid, Mo. Soon there came a great victory to McCulloch and Price at Oak Hill, and some folks said that we would march straight to St. Louis. We reported to General M. Jeff Thompson of the Missouri State troops, forty miles in the interior. Though Missouri was a Southern State, we soon began to feel that we were bordering on the enemy's country. We had hurriedly gone forward without our wagon train and were somewhat dependent upon the Missourians for rations. When our Captain spoke to the General in regard to our needs, he blurted out these words: "By God, Captain Neely, my men can soon furnish your men with as much beef as they want and a pile of bread as high as a tree." We got the rations."

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