~ My Union Ancestors ~
John Scobee, Jr.
(My 3rd Great-Grandfather)
~ Civil War Service; Union Army - Missouri ~
On 18 January, 1862, he joined for duty and enrolled in the Union Army at Shibley's Point, Missouri. He was mustered in on the 5th of Feb. 1862 at Macon City, Missouri; the organization being Capt. York's Mounted Rifle Co., Missouri State Militia.
This organization subsequently became Co.B 11th Regt. Missouri State Militia Cavalry.
He was appointed 1st Lieut. 18 of Jan. day of enrollment, by Willard P. Hall, acting Governor of the State of Missouri on the basis of integrity, patriotism and ability. He was 53 years old.
About 1st of July, 1862, his company, under the command of Major (afterward Colonel) Rogers, engaged in the Skirmish at Downing. This place is located on the Keokuk and Western Railway in Schuyler County, and near the eastern line thereof. It was called "Cherry Grove", and the fight
was known as "The Skirmish at Cherry Grove". The engagement took place between the 2nd Bn of the 11th Missouri State Militia (Cavalry) and a portion of Col. Joe Porter's Confederate troops.
In this engagement, the latter was defeated with a loss of 4 men killed. The Federals lost one man--Capt. York of Co.B 11th Missouri State Militia, who was mortally wounded and died a few days thereafter, at Memphis, in Scotland Co., Missouri.
It was on that day that Lieut. John Scobee suffered a gunshot wound in his left wrist and his horse reportedly had his ears shot off.
It is possible that John Scobee received a battlefield commission at the death of Capt. York, as he has been known as Capt. Scobee, however, it was never official.
According to Company muster roll, he was present from enrollment till April 30, 1862, on detached service. May and June, and July, August and Sept., he was in the hospital at Macon City.
He was mustered out at Palmyra, Missouri, Oct 1. 1862.
After his return from the service he owned and operated a livery stable.
He was a member of the Masons.
His father, John Scobee Sr. was also a fighting man...John Scobee, Berkeley Co., W. Virginia 37 years, 5 ft. 9 in. fair complexion, green eyes, fair hair, by profession, a farmer. Vol. enlistment as soldier U.S. Army for duration of war 1812, Winchester, 26 March, 1814 before John Waid, J.P.
A special thanks to my cousin, Joanne Morgan (Scobee), for providing this information.