I recently found the following information at Footnote where you can view the images for this CSA soldier.Images can be found under the names:William Bayless, William H. Bayless and William H. H. Bayless,
He was a Sgt. in the 3rd MO Cavalry Co. H., CSA.He died Jan. 29, 1865, and is buried in the National Cem. at St. Louis and Jefferson Barracks, MO, #4712 N.C.In the 3rd MO, Co. A were George W. Bayless and Sgt. Samel G. Bayless, brothers of William and all sons of Pike and Julianna (Haynie) Bayless.
Here is the letter sent by Mr. Merill on behalf of William.note that words in ( ) were unclear to me as this is all hand written:
Genl. Dodge or Commander of the Dept. of the Missouri
Sir/If I am addressing the Gent. who commanded the (past) at Springfield, MO some two years since you will recognize the writer who lived near Springfield at the time and now a settled resident of Indiana.
When the Rebellion broke out there was living with me a youth by name William Bayless:His two older brothers joined the Rebels:He continued with me on my farm some two years until the enrolment come up when he suddenly disappeared & I was bound afterward for a writer:Joined his two Elder Brothers in the Rebellion:I learned that he was with Price in his late raid in MO & is now a prisoner in St. Louis & was wounded & later taken prisoner near Kansas City & ia now a prisoner in St. Louis & further that he desires to quit the (rebel) Sirris & wishes to take the Cloth & return to his allegiance to his proper government & further that he wishes to come hear & live with me:Should you be willing to grant his wish as I have learned it, please have him brought before you & a bans of five hundred dollars is (nicepay) for him to return North of the Ohio River (Miss) Numan (Dannerman) (& Co) of St. Louis is hereby authorized to use & sign my name as his surety:he was once a youth of Merit & I am willing to try him again:The desirtter alluded to stated that Bayless had been but a short time in the Rebel Arms before he espoused(neglect) frequently that he ever left me & did not take my advise:
Very respectfully Your Obt Svt S. C. Merill
If reference as to the writer is (nearpay) I refer you to (Dannerman)(&Co)St. Louis or to Maj. J. S. Philips Springfield MO:
S. C. Merill ----------------------------------------------
On the WEB I found a list of "Confederate Soldiers of Price's Raid" which includes: "William H. H. Bayless , Sgt, 3rd MO Cav CO H, died 1-29, 1865" ----------------------------------------------
The following info is on a file card.Some of it is hard to read:
William H. Bayless Sgt.CO H GreeneC. S. A. P of War ...24 years of age lives in Greene Co. MO.was captured in Jackson Co. MO Oct. 23/64.Cause of capture was a rebel Soldier was 1st Sgt.Co. H... Sworn in the rebel Sirvise Aug. 1st 1862 in Randolph Co. Clerkfor 3 years.When first captured was taken to Kansas City MO.Not examined there.Sent to (Masiah) Dec. 8th/64.Never took the oath of alleg. (___?) Served under Price M___? a ___? Fagan ___?Battles at Van Buren Huntsville Cape Girardeau Mt. Taylorsville Helena Little Rock Camden Ark. Pilot Knob Little Blue Big Blue,Furnished 1 horse & 1 gun never pressed property ___? a. Sauk? (a string of unreadable info) Not desire the Southern people put down in this war.Not married.Farmer 2 brothers in rebellion......etc."
All of the above was taken from the questionnaire that Bayless filled out.Much of the above was just too hard to make out but I also have the questionnaire images.
The examination of William H. Bayless was taken Jan. 7, 1865, by Thomas B. Swain at the prison in St. Louis.Bayless' statement included the following info:
Age 24 "I live in Greene Co., MO" "I was born in McMinn Co. Tenn." "I was captured in Jackson Co., MO, on or about the 20th day of Oct. 1864" "...was a 1st Sgt. in Johnson's Company Green's 3rdMO Cavy CSA" "I was sworn...1st day of Aug. 1862 in Lt Col. Campbell...in Randolph Co., ARK for 3 years" Signed :William H. H. Bayless and Thomas B. Swain Ast. Ex.
Other questions and answers:
"Which commandershave you served under?Price, Marmaduke, Fagan..." 9.Are you a Southern Sympathizer?"Yes Sir" 10.Do you sincerely desire to have the Southern people put down in this war and the authority of the US government over them restored?"No Sir" 11.How many slaves have you?"None" 12.Have you a wife - how many children?"Not married" 14.What relatives have you in the rebellion...?"2 brothers" ---------------------------------------------------------
My guess is that the answers to #s 9 & 10 pretty much sealed his fate and that his release or exchange may have been denied.I also learned from these images that those who were released apparently had to swear to go north of the Ohio River and remain there until the end of the war.This possibly had something to do with Mr. Merill moving to Indiana as he hoped to have William released to him and that would require residence north of the river.
I also saw an image describing William's injury as a broken arm which did begin to mend but he died of pneumonia in January 1865.
This old page of mine includes 3 photos of Pike's children Catherin Bayless Riley and Wilson "Wills" Bayless: http://www.bribling.net/gma4.htmlhttp://www.bribling.net/gma4.html