Private John Worley

By Kent Worley

Private John Worley joined the 9th Missouri Infantry at Couch Springs, Missouri when the call to arms of the Civil War was sounded. The unit name was changed to the 12th Missouri Infantry to avoid confusion for Col. John B. Clark’s 9th Missouri Infantry.

From October 22, 1862 through March, 1863 it was called the 9th Missouri Infantry. On April 1, 1863, re-designated as the 12th Missouri Infantry. Some of the later engagements in which this unit participated included the Battle of Helena, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkin’s Ferry.

The unit surrendered on May 26, 1865 under Gen E. Kirby Smith. The men were paroled at Shreveport, Louisiana on July 8, 1865.