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Re: General Joe Shelby (Gray Ghost)
Posted by: Bob Bledsoe (ID *****4362) Date: June 22, 2002 at 20:44:15
In Reply to: Re: General Joe Shelby (Gray Ghost) by Barbara Shelby Brewer of 3205

Here is what I have on J.O. Shelby's descendants. My interest is because his ggf was Col. Anthony Bledsoe, one of the earliest settlers of TN. Anthony was my fourth great uncle. His daughter married a Shelby. Both families were prominent in early TN history. Anything you have would be appreciated. Also below is a brief writeup on Gen. Shelby. I have several books on him and have read quite a bit of material on him. I am at Bledsoe@austin.rr.com

Descendants of Orville Shelby
                                                 
       1        [1] Orville SHELBY       b: January 21, 1803 in TN              d: 1835              
..              +Caroline WINCHESTER                     d: Abt. 1828              
.......       2        Carrie SHELBY                                   
...........              +jHenry BLOOD                                   
.......       2        Isaac SHELBY       b: 1828                            
              *2nd Wife of [1] Orville SHELBY:                                   
..              +Anna Maria BOSWELL       b: in Lexington, KY                     m: July 27, 1829       
.......       2        Joseph Orville SHELBY       b: December 12, 1830 in Lexington, KY       Burial: Forest Hill Cy., Kansas City, MO       d: February 13, 1897 in Adrian, MO              
...........              +Elizabeth Nancy (Betsy) SHELBY       b: 1841                     m: 1858       
.................       3        Orville SHELBY       b: 1859                            
.....................              +Elizabeth ?       b: 1861                            
...........................       4        Benjamin SHELBY                                   
...........................       4        William SHELBY                                   
...........................       4        Annie SHELBY                                   
...........................       4        Letha SHELBY                                   
...........................       4        Blanche SHELBY                                   
.................       3        Joseph Boswell SHELBY       b: 1861                            
.....................              +Helen Coleen SHANNON                                   
...........................       4        Gladys Marie SHELBY       b: 1892                            
...........................       4        John Shannon SHELBY       b: 1894                            
.................       3        Benjamin Gratz SHELBY       b: 1866                            
.................       3        Webb SHELBY       b: 1868                            
.................       3        Sam Shindler SHELBY       b: 1871                            
.................       3        Anna Boswell SHELBY       b: 1875                            
.....................              +Frederick William JERSIG       b: 1870                            
...........................       4        Allan Shelby JERSIG       b: 1898                            
.................       3        John Morgan SHELBY       b: 1875                            
.................       3        Henry Howard SHELBY       b: 1880                            


Early in the Civil War he entered the Missouri State Guard and his assignments included: captain, Shelby's Ranger Company, Missouri State Guard (spring 1861); colonel, 5th Missouri Cavalry (1862); commanding brigade, Marmaduke's Cavalry Division, Ist Corps, Trans-Mississippi Department (summer December 1862); commanding brigade, Marmaduke's Cavalry Division, District of Arkansas, Trans-Mississippi Department January-July 4, 1863 and late 1863-September 1864); brigadier general, CSA (December 15, 1863); commanding division, Army of Missouri, Trans-Mississippi Department (September 18-September 1864); and commanding lst (Missouri) Cavalry Brigade, lst (Missouri) Cavalry Division, Cavalry Corps, Trans-Mississippi Department (September 1864-May 26, 1865).

As a company commander he fought at Carthage, Wilson's Creek, and Pea Ridge before being sent back to Missouri to raise a regiment. As a colonel in charge of a brigade in John S. Marmaduke's mounted division, he fought at Prairie Grove and was wounded at Helena. Upon his recovery he was promoted to brigadier general and led a brigade at Jenkins' Ferry. His men were fond of saying, "Stuart rode around McClelland. Hell, Shelby rode around Missouri!" There was a song called "Shelby's Mule" which had a verse:

Hey boy, Ho boys,
The yankees are afraid,
The river's up, there's hell to pay,
Shelby's on a raid.

During Price's invasion of Missouri in the late summer and fall of 1864 he led a cavalry division. When the Confederacy's collapse came he refused to surrender and led part of his force to Mexico where they unsuccessfully offered their services to Maximillian. He then returned to his business interests in Missouri. (O'Flaherty, Daniel, General Jo Shelby, Undefeated Rebel)

Bob Bledsoe
Austin, Texas




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