John A. Poindexter Military Person

John A. Poindexter (October 12, 1825 – April 14, 1869) was a colonel in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He and Joseph C. Porter were the primary recruiting commanders in northern Missouri during 1862. Poindexter was born in Montgomery County, Kentucky, to David and Elizabeth (Watts) Poindexter. He married twice, first to Melissa, who died young, and then to Martha K. Hayes in 1857. The 1860 census lists him as a prosperous merchant in Scott County, Kentucky. Living in Missouri when the Civil War, Poindexter was commissioned in June 1861 as captain of Company A, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Division of the Missouri State Guard. He and his men stopped a train in August, seizing federal money. He served at the Siege of Lexington in command of several independent companies. Following the battle he was elected colonel of the 5th Infantry Regiment, Third Division of the Missouri State Guard on September 24, 1861. While recruiting in Howard County, Missouri Poindexter and his regiment were surprised and defeated on January 7, 1862, at the Battle of Roan's Tan Yard, scattering his command.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 12th, 1825
Confederate States of America,United States of America
Date of death
April 14th, 1869 at age of 43
Place of death
Randolph County

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
Confederate States Army


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