Pindall's Battalion

ďThe Paris Mercury of a week or so ago contained an article suggested by the meeting of twenty survivors of Pindallís battalion at Moberly and Alex Kelley and Richard Palmer exchanged some interesting reminiscences over the matter in the herald office last Saturday. The battalion was composed of Monroe and Marion county boys and did some hard fighting during the war. Mr. Palmer and Benj. M. McPike were the only Marion county members we recall. 

When peace was declared the battalion laid down their arms at Shreveport on the Red river. They were given their paroles and were placed on a transport steamer, Kentucky, and started north in charge of a Federal officer. Before going far the boat struck a snag and knocked a hole in her side. The pilot wanted to head for the bank, but the officer ordered her to run on if she went to h-ll. The pilot jumped overboard and swam ashore and the officer ordered a Negro to go into the pilothouse and steer. Shortly after the boat began to sink. She was headed for the bank, but in the excitement a large number jumped overboard and many were drowned. Mr. Palmer says Pindall was a skeptic in religion, but when that boat began to sink he fell on his knees and offered up the most fervent prayer he ever listened to and from that day on was a devoutly religious man. 

Among the memberís of Pindallís company was Thomas Faghel, a brother of Fred Faghel and Mrs. Christian Kohler, of this city. He and Dick Palmer were boon companions. When the boat began to sink Faghel and several others jumped out and swam to shore. When he got there he found that his friend Dick had not followed and he immediately turned round and swam back to the boat to help him off. Mr. Palmer was standing on the boat watching his friend swim towards him, when just as Faghel drew near the boat a drowning man caught hold of him and the two sank beneath the water to rise no more. 

The foolhardy officer who refused to allow the boat to land in time to allow the boat to land in time to avert the catastrophe escaped with his life and concealed himself in the woods to keep indignant survivors from lynching him, only showing up after a troop of Union soldiers had appeared on the scene. Many an act of heroism in the late war is yet unchronicled and now for the first time is told in print the story of how Daniel Faghel came to his death.Ē 

Source: From the files of Neil Block, Commander, William T. Anderson Camp #1743 SCV; transcribed by Lisa Perry. Newspaper article from the Marion County Herald of November 10, 1897.