Captain Joseph Boyce and the 1st Missouri Infantry, C.S.A.
The 1st Missouri Infantry of the Confederate States Army first saw action on April 6-7 1862 in the Battle of Shiloh. After the defeat by the Union army, the 1st Missouri Infantry was reorganized on November 7 1862 in Hot Springs, Mississippi by merging with the 4th Missouri Infantry, which became known as the 1st & 4th Consolidated Missouri Infantry. Joseph Boyce was a member of the 1st Missouri Infantry and when the US Civil War was over, he wrote about his experiences. Now Boyce’s book has been edited by William C. Winters to add context to Boyce’s writings. Jennifer Alexander writes about the new book for the West End Word.
As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Missouri History Museum has published “Captain Joseph Boyce and the 1st Missouri Infantry, C.S.A.” The book is edited by William C. Winter and presents Boyce’s first-person account of the history of hisregiment.
Winter is the author of the 1994 book “The Civil War in St. Louis: A Guided Tour” in which he writes about places in and around St. Louis related to the Civil War. Winter has also written about the Civil War for “Gateway Heritage” and “The Missouri Historical Review.” Winter’s expertise in Civil War history contributes to the success of “Captain Joseph Boyce.”
Joseph Boyce fought with the 1st Missouri Infantry, C.S.A. from 1861 until the end of the war. The regiment fought in many of the major battles of the war including Shiloh, Vicksburg and Atlanta.
Twenty years after the war, Boyce wrote a history of his regiment for a series of lectures to the Southern Historical and Benevolent Society of St. Louis. The “Missouri Republican” newspaper printed the text of these presentations between 1883 and 1887. These articles are reproduced in this book along with explanatory notes from Winter.