Yours of the 19th inst. at
hand. Would say in reply that Morg mattox was with Quantrill. Went south
in company with my wife and I. He was only a boy about 15, but joined after
I left the company. Yes George Todd was killed near, and about one forth
mile west from Staples farm. I can't give you section etc., but can get
it at reunion in August. Todd fell in with Shelby about Waverly or Lexington
and did scout duty for the army until killed. Todd left Shelby at the crossing
of Little Blue, and was killed where he reentered Independence and Lexington
road. He halted his men a short distance from the road telling them it
was dangerous for them to go to the road, and he went to reconnoiter, and
was killed at long range, something like one-forth mile. Staples farm is
about two and one-half miles northeast from Independence. Personally I
do not know what point Quantrill started from to Kentucky, however, my
understanding is that he started from the "Austin" farm three miles south
from Lexington. I know nothing of a Wiggington farm near Waverly, but I
think the Wiggington family lives somewhere in Lafayette County after order
#11. I am sure that Hudspeth is wrong, I know nothing of the Kimmel farm,
but there was a "Kimsey" farm 10 miles east of Independence. Bone Hill
was simply a country church, situated almost directly east from Independence
about sixteen miles. Hambright Hill is on Independence and Lexington Road
about two and one-half miles east from Sibley, and about the same distance
from Buckner. I am not sufficiently posted to give you names of men who
went to Kentucky with Quantrill, but know you have some names wrong, for
instance you have Billy Gall, should be "Gaw." I have no recollection of
an Ed or Bill Noland, but Henry Noland was with us. I have no recollection
of a Bill Robinson. I don't think Cy Flannery went to Kentucky. Chad Renic
should be "Chat" Renic. Geo. Shepherd didn't go to Kentucky with Quantrill,
but did command the party with whom my wife and I went South. My understanding
is that Quantrill took 41 or 42 men to Kentucky. I don't know who left
Quantrill at the Miss. River other than Koger & the Hudspeth's. I know
of no Dupess (Depuy's) in Lafayette Co. there were Dupay's in jackson,
near Pleasant Hill, they may have gone to Lafayette under order # 11.
I do not know who killed Maj. Curtis. I was with Jarrett & Younger in the chase of 17 men (don't know what State they were from) in a northwesterly direction, and killed one of the party myself about 140 yards. I can't say if any more were killed. I stopped when I killed the man. Wayman is full of gas, but was a good soldier. Now, the old hard shell Baptist Eight cornered old church, long since gone, we had not yet captured Randlett.
We were at the church on the 20th March. Quantrill was surrounded in Tate House on the night of the 22nd and Randlett was captured afterwards. Randlett may have told of Hallack's order, and Quantrill may have joked him in the way Wayman says, but I don't recollect. You are correct as to Jesse James , he never was with Quantrill, nor was he at Centralia, he might have entered the service as early as the latter part of June 1864. He was sometimes with Todd & sometimes with Anderson, so I am told, he went south in company with me & wife '64. The farm of Capt. Perdee (not Pardee) is located on Blackwater Creek about 4 miles west of south from Columbus, and about 5 or 6 miles S. E. of Chapell Hill, and 8 or 10 miles east from Lone Jack.
We started south the 1st of October (or about that time) 1863, not '64 as you wrote, from the farm of Capt. Perdee, camping 1st night on Grand River Cass Co. Second night, beyond the Osage River, we saw no enemy till Baxter. I will give names of our party on our bridal tour as far as I can recollect. Geo. Shepherd, Jesse James, Jas. Johnson & Pin Indian, Johnson's Bro., Jas. A. Hendricks, Dick Mattox, Morgan Mattox, (No kin to Dick) Joe Hall, Matt Wayman, Harrison Trow, _______ Ranaberger, Henry Terry, Andrew M. Clay, Long Stevens and myself, is as far as I can now remember, then the three women, my wife, Mrs. Jas. A Hendricks, my sister, and Mrs. Dick Mattox.
I believe I have answered all your questions as far as I know.