Searching for information about Andrew Jackson Plains who served in the Union Army in the Civil War. He enlisted from Howard County, Missouri apparently while living in or near Fayette. He was born elsewhere, perhaps Ohio and with a different surname, perhaps Pontins or Pantiers or Plantz. He apparently changed his last name about the time he enlisted or at least after he moved to MO. [Unknown if he came alone or with a family group] I am seeking information on when he moved to Missouri and to conform his birthplace, the names of his parents and any siblings; wife & her family of origin and their children.
The family's legend is that he was given a 30 day leave from his regular unit in the Union Army to go home to Fayette to help his wife [name unknown] and newborn son, William Clifton Plains. While he was at home on leave a group of Rebel raiders who terrorized that part of MO came to his home and killed him in his front yard. Because he did not die "in action with his unit" his wife could not get a pension or financial aid for his death.
His unidentified father is supposed to have served in the Army under Andrew Jackson,after whom he named his son.
It seems William Clifton Plains and later his children grew up in and continued to live in Howard County.
Thank you for any information to fill out and confirm this "legend".
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