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James C. Mobley of Iowa died 1864, Centralia Massacre
Posted by: Marsha (ID *****2430) Date: February 21, 2005 at 09:36:54
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Not my family but in researching (and finding) my ancestor, Caswell Rose, I have found that out of the 32 soldiers killed in the 27 Sept 1864 Centralia Massacre; only 7 names are known. James Mobley is one of them and thought since it has taken several years of researching to find any details on this massacre I should share the info with other descendants. Their story should be told.

Name: James C. Mobley
Company: C
Unit: 1 Missouri Infantry.
Rank - Induction: Corporal
Rank - Discharge: Corporal
Allegiance: Union
Notes: 35 Neo Inf.

Name: James C. Mobley
Company: K
Unit: 25 Missouri Infantry.
Rank - Induction: Corporal
Rank - Discharge: Corporal
Allegiance: Union
Notes: 1 Mo Engrs

Civil War Widows Pension:
James C. Mobley
25 MO, comp K, Inf
1 MO, company G, Engineers
Widow: Cyrina applied 27 Dec 1864
Minor Grd: William Robbins applied 16 Sep 1869
(Robbins applied for benifits as guardian of minor children. Cyrina is the way it was spelled on the form but ofcourse could be spelled differently)Since her application date is 1864 I believe this may be the same James Mobley of the 1 MO engineers listed below in the Centralia Massacre.

Centralia Massacre, Centralia, Boone Co, MO
27 Sept 1864

"History of Boone County Missouri", by: William F. Switzler
Western Historical Co. St. Louis 1882
account of the Centralia Massacre, Centralia MO, 27Sept1864]
(*the names listed below were taken from the journal of Sgt. Goodman and the only soldiers identified that I have found to date)

Page 451

"Names, Etc., Of Some Of The Murdered Soldiers.

As before stated, there were twenty-three soldiers on the train, but only twenty-two of them were killed. One, Sergt. Goodman, was saved. Twenty-three dead bodies lay on the ground, however, but the twenty-third was not the body of a soldier. The names, regiments and residences of some
of the murdered soldiers have been obtained from Sergt. Goodman, and are here appended:

1st Missouri Engineers -

Edmund Pace of Taylor County, Iowa
James Mobley of Page County, Iowa
Cass Rose of Page County, Iowa
Josiah Comer of Nodaway County, Mo.
Chas. Hilterbridle of Nodaway County, Mo.
Sergeant Peters of Holt County, Mo.
James Thomas of Buchanan County, Mo.

Co. F, 23d Iowa Infantry -
William H. Barnum Clarinda, Iowa

As every man was robbed, no papers or other articles were found on the soldiers by which they could be identified. Not much effort was made, however, at identification, the bodies, in most instances, being allowed to lie where they had fallen until the next morning."

Here is the web site incase you would like to read more about the details:

Footnote; Some (maybe all?)of the 32 soldiers killed were being sent home on 'sick furlough' to recoupe after a big battle. But when our ancestor's widow applied for benfits she was rejected. Stating they found no evidence that he was on 'sick' furlough and therefore not killed while in service. Later in 1874 when minor benifits were applied for they also were rejected. I wonder if all of these widow's benifits were rejected?

Hope this is of some help to others,

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