With Porter in North Missouri
by Joseph A. Mudd
This is the history of the First Northeast Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A., better known as Porterís Regiment, which rode wild and free through Yankee-controlled northeastern Missouri during the summer of 1862. The unit was organized and led by Colonel Joseph C. Porter of Lewis County, Missouri, who had been sent home from the war in Arkansas by General Sterling Price on a recruiting mission. Recruitment activities in this dangerous country included guerrilla-like strikes against the Federals, a few pitched battles (Vassar Hill, Mooreís Mill, Kirksville), and the grim settling of certain personal feuds. With Porter in North Missouri, first published in 1909, was written by one of Porter's recruits and fervent admirers, who, like so many other young, pro-Southern men at the time, found civilian life impossible under Yankee martial law. Joseph Mudd supplemented his personal recollections of Porterís campaign with comtemporaneous newspaper accounts, local histories, the recently published Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, and reports he solicited from surviving participants on both sides. The resulting narrative brings to life the Civil War in Missouri in a way few other books have done.