John A. Poindexter

Deceased Person from United States of America

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. Poindexter commanded of a consolidated remnant of the 4th and 5th Cavalry regiments  ( Wikipedia article )


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John Poindexter
Date of birth
Place of birth
Montgomery County
United States of America


Date of death
Place of death
Randolph County

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