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Subject: [MO-CW] Re: Frederick Becker of Savannah
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 20:28:50 EST
If you have not already, you need to write to the MO State Archives at
the Secretary of State building in Jefferson City to see if they might have
some record about Captain Frederick Becker of Savannah, Andrew County.
I checked officer rosters for the northern Missouri State Militia (MSM)
and the Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia (Prov EMM) and the "regular"
Missouri units with no success for a Frederick Becker. I even checked the
officer rosters for the southern Missouri State Guard (MSG). I really thought
I might find this Becker listed among the officers of the more localized
Enrolled Missouri Militia (EMM), particularly the 41st EMM and the several
other Enrolled Missouri Militia units in the counties adjacent to Andrew
County. Again, no luck. I even looked for an Andrew County history that may
list officers for the local militia units of either side, but I could not
find one (not that one may not exist). That may mean that any Andrew County
history does not contain Civil War information-not uncommon for counties with
many harsh memories to put behind. In summary, I found nothing.
One other possibility. The above is based on your inference that
Frederick Becker lived in the Savannah, Andrew County, area at the time of
his service in the Civil War. One assumption is that a man capable of
reaching the rank of captain and having his own servant would be listed in
the 1860 MO Census as a head of household. The index of the 1860 census lists
no Frederick Becker anywhere close to Savannah and Andrew County. However,
there are Frederick Beckers listed across the state in Franklin, Gasconade,
and Chariton Counties. If one of these is yours, my search of Andrew County
area EMM officer rosters was for nothing. I would need to search such officer
rosters for EMM units in and adjacent to those counties. Please let me know
if you later determine this possibility to be true.
I conclude state records are your best bet. My understanding is that
national sources such as NARA do not have records for MO soldiers who served
only in the EMM, as those units were state and not federal assets. Good