15th Missouri Cavalry

The 15th was original known as the “Independent Missouri Scouts” through much of 1862-63.  It was mustered into Confederate service on July 20, 1864 at Pocahontas, AR.  Most of its military service was reporting enemy movement and occasionally engaging Union scouts and patrols along the Arkansas-Missouri border.  One major skirmish occurred in Ripley County on December 25, 1863 at Pulliam’s Farm, southwest of Doniphan where 35 were killed.  Major engagements included:  Battle of Pilot Knob, Sept 27, 1864 (1 mortally wounded, 1 wounded) Battle of Westport, MO October 23, 1864 and Mine Creek, KS October 25, 1864 (1 mortally wounded, 5 wounded and 12 missing).   The regiment was surrendered and paroled at Jacksonport, AR on June 5, 1865. 

Commanding Officers of the Regiment


Colonel:  Timothy J. Reeves


Lieutenant Colonel: Benjamin A. Johnson


Major:  James L. Sexton


McGhee, James E.  Guide to Missouri Confederate Units, 1861-1865  Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press , 2008  pp 106-108

Ponder, Jerry A History of the 15gh Missouri Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A. , Doniphan, MO:  Ponder Book, 1994 pp 71-73


A roster of the Unit can be found at the Missouri Division, Sons of the Confederacy Website.  Companies A, B, F, I and L were organized in whole or part by Ripley County residents.