THE FAMILY OF JESSE LASSITER
of Independence County Arkansas
THE CIVIL WAR
When the Civil War began, all the lassiter men favored loyalty to the Union. They managed to avoid Confederate conscription until the 1st AR Inf, USA, made up of Union loyalist, was orgainized in 1862. Enrolled in Company D at Jacksonport on July 1 were Jesse Lassiter and five of his sons - William, John, Francis Marion, Jesse and Thomas J.
Company D mustered in at Helena on July 20, and there Francis M. Lassiter died a month later of unknown causes. Although it saw no real action in the war, the company was devastated by diseases such as measles and dysentery. In October the men were sent to Benton Barracks in St. Louis "owing to the great amount of sickness" and on Dec 31 the survivors were mustered out. Some of the men joined other Union regiments, but the Lassiters chose to remain in the Rolla, Mo. area until the war was over. Their father, Jesse, stricken with typhoid fever, had died Dec 2 at the New House of Refuge, a hospital in St. Louis, at age 58. He lies buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery...
The Lassiter's returned to this area about 1868 and settled in Jefferson Township. The mother died soon after and was buried in Blackburn Cemetery near Cushman.
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