Samuel E. Hays
Born: April 27, 1845 Died: October 25, 1913
Burial: Eureka Springs I.O.O.F. Cemetery Place: Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas
From "Confederate Veteran" Magazine"
"He joined the Confederate Army in 1863 in Gordon's Regiment, Shelby's Brigade, Marmaduke's Division, and later was transferred to Capt. Richard Stallard's company, serving as escort to Gen. John S. Marmaduke, and surrendered at Shreveport, La, in June, 1865. He then returned to his home in Missouri and engaged in farming. His first wife, Miss Ella Woodson, was a niece of Gov. Silas Woodson, and a son born to this marriage was drowned in Alaska, leaving several small children who reside in California with their mother.
About thirty years ago, Mr. Hays removed to Eureka Springs, Ark., where, with the exception of brief periods in Texas and California, he resided continuously until his death. About fifteen years ago, he married Miss Mary Robinson, of Van Buren, Ark., who survives him. His comrades in arms bear uniform testimony to his unflinching courage as a soldier and his unfailing good humor. He was a Presbyterian elder and active in all good works."
Now...comes the good part! Here's what the article DIDN'T tell you....
After a small stint in the Saline (Missouri) Rifles, he was recruited ONE week after Quantrill's Lawrence raid by Capt. John Jarrette. Among those recruited with him that same day were Andy F. Hays and William Hays, two men who would also show up in Quantrill rosters and lists. Unbelieveably, they are no relation. Jarrette's new recruits, along with Anderson, Quantrill, Poole and new recruits of their own, gathered together in late September before making their way towards Texas. On October 6th, 1863, the mass of around four hundred guerrillas came upon General James Blunt (the very same officer who fought in Benton County, Arkansas at the battle of Maysville or Beattie's Prairie on October 22, 1862) and his Union forces at Baxter Springs, Kansas! And thus, the fight was on. This would become known as the Baxter Springs massacre!
After Baxter Springs, Samuel does not show up in official government military records until January 1864. Where Samuel was after Baxter Springs is anybody's guess! Did he go on with the rangers to Texas? Did he break off and join Shelby?
Evidence that supports Samuel being at Baxter Springs comes from the Confederate pension application of Andrew (Andy) F. Hays. When Andy filled out the space under which battles and fights he took part in, the very first one he wrote in was.......Baxter Springs
You can visit the Baxter Springs Heritage Museum. They might be able to help you with any research or questions. http://www.baxterspringsmuseum.org