MRS. LOUISE PRATTE TAYLOR - wife of CSA Colonel CLAY TAYLOR
Campbranch, Warren County, Missouri
During the Civil War, raids were conducted against the farm of CSA Colonel Clay Taylor
by Union Troops of Colonel Hutton and Brockmeyer's Regiments in spring 1862.
A letter written to Brig. General Schofield, by Mrs. Clay Taylor stated:
August 13th 1862
Some time last March I obtained from General Hallock an order insuring one year protection. I applied to you and you gave me a Safeguard, which I thought would enable me to live on my farm near Pendleton in Warren Co., Missouri, undisturbed.
I have frequently been annoyed by the soldiers since then. I have showed them your order which is much _____ they have respected. They have been here three times this week. Searching for arms, pulling and throwing down carelessly everything in the house and in the place; contemplating what to pull down or set fire to a stack of rye, contending however to act upon the former suggestion-their search proved fruitless.
I can assure you General there is not an arms or ammunition of any kind about the house-this search was made by 19 men of Captain Holberg (Sp?) Company H. Colonel Brookmyer who afterwards ordered their dinner and feed for their horses, all of which was given them.
The second time the house was search by D or F. they pretended they did not know. Col. Hartran's. By and such was made at the black of night.
Today, Major Baily's Battalion passed _____, and demanded blankets, comforters, horses, saddles, _____ and I told them I had blankets of my _____ Negro Mrs. L. ________lent me, I having lost 14 last winter by the soldiers.
I showed them your order, but the Orderly Sergeant with an air of impudence said, "He did not know whether that order was of any amount they had received later orders from Washington."
My protestations were of no avail. I assured him I had only four blankets in the house to cover myself and four little babies the youngest but three weeks. They took one blanket, also Mr. Tracy's saddle. Mr. Tracy is in the Hay? of Government at Cincinnati.
My father who _____ _____ and has come up here to spend sometime with me. ______ had been _____ old _____ brought up his saddle. _____ ______ General he is getting old and can not work on the plantation intending to ______ (I presented) these facts to them but they paid no attention and took his saddle.
At present General your protection is all I have to save me from ruin. I think I fairly contributed my share to the Union cause last Winter. I beg of you that you send me another order. The same kind but a later date.
Do General send it by return of mail, it is all that will protect me. I know you will not pass a favor for which I shall ever be grateful.
Yours very Respectively,
Mrs. Clay Taylor
Warren County, Missouri
Head Quarters; District of Missouri
I enclose a letter from Mrs. Clay Taylor, which I command to your special attention. I believe her husband is in the Rebel Army, and has forfeited all his property to the Government. At the same time a safe-guard must not be violated with impunity. Several complaints of this kind have reached me, and I am determined to make an example of some of these lawless fellows.
I desire if possible that the men guilty of this they shall be arrested and tried.
Brig Genl Merrill
Head Quarters of St. Louis District of Missouri
Brig General Lewis Merrill
County Northeast Missouri
The Genl Comdg directs me to make the following statements:
Very Respectively Your Obd Servt
Head Quarters N. E. District of Missouri
Thursday, December 25, 1862
Capt C. H. Dyer - A. A. G.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of December 20th
'62, bearing upon the case of one Mrs. Taylor of Pendleton, Missouri.
By a matter of course a voucher in proper form has been or will be given to the owner of the hay. Mrs. Taylor I am assured and believe was treated with all proper courtesy by the officer and men of the forage party." (Signed ) Lewis Merrill Brig. Genl Comdg.
I am Sir