Henry

Wolfenbarger

  Born: November 8, 1845         Died: October 24, 1910 
  Burial: Douglas Cemetery       Place: Highfill, Benton County, Arkansas


  

 

 

  Enlisting at the Charles Cowherd farm on August 10, 1862 at Jackson County, Missouri by Colonel Gideon Thompson, Henry was among Upton Hays and John Taylor Hughes three hundred new recruits that fought alongside Quantrill's men at the August 11, 1862 battle at Independence, Missouri. This was a landslide Confederate victory as Union commander, James Buel surrendered from his headquarters in the Independence Square due to the overwhelming odds in the Confederate favor. Among the Quantrill men in this battle, Henry would fight with noted guerrillas like William Haller, Kit Chiles, John Jarrette, Boone Muir, Sim Whitsett, Dave Poole, George Todd and Allen Parmer.
  Shortly after this fight, Henry would become a soldier of Company G, Gordon's 5th Missouri Cavalry under General JO Shelby. Here, he would serve with more Quantrill men including Otto Offutt, Andrew Clay, Simeon Davis and Tuck Hill. His gallant and brave service to his regiment was on display numerous times and it was captured by famed Civil War and Jesse James author, John Newman Edwards! Henry appears an impressive FOUR times in the acclaimed book by Edwards, "Shelby And His Men." Here are two unrelated passages including this first gem.....

  "Colonel Shelby was soon busy at work and having everything his own way. Captain Wilkinson crossed the Saline with fifty men, captured eighteen Federals and two hundred fat beeves. Lieutenant Wolfenbarger brought into camp seventeen prisoners, twenty-nine cavalry horses, and eleven sutler wagons loaded with everything a gourmand might wish, beside nineteen boxes of first-class cognac. Shelby had served too long as an old campaigner to waste these good things upon post and district quartermasters, so he only sent back to Camden the mules, wagons and prisoners, and a dozen or two bottles of brandy for "Old Pap," and distributed the rest among his deserving soldiers."

and......

  "After this fight, Steele withdrew his forces to Bayou Two Prairie, and staggering under the blows struck Davidson, halted long for recuperation, while his detached cavalry scoured the whole country for information. General Marmaduke, covering the entire front of Holmes' army, was constantly in the saddle, and made heavy calls upon the brigade for daring scouts and bold, outlying pickets. Among the dauntless young officers that crowded to his call for the honor of their brigade in it's wounded leader's absence, came Maurice Langhorne, George Gordon, Bob Adams, Brown Williams, Charley Jones, Arthur McCoy, Lieutenant John McDougall, Will Ferrell, James Wills, John Toney, Salem Ford, Tom Walton, Seb Plattenburg, William Edwards, Henry Wolfenbarger, William Moorman, Captains Dickey, Silas Crispin, Grooms, Mark Dye, and a host of others equally zealous."

The writing on Henry's gravestone is all but gone. But luckily, his contributions to his regiment and service are forever inscribed by John Newman Edwards!

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