Richard Moore

The first record of Richard Moore is his enlistment into the Civil War on July 18, 1861. Richard enlisted into Company B, 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry at Clinton County, Davenport, Iowa.
The Civil War commenced in April 1861 when the flag dropped at Sumter. On the 19th of April, a large and enthusiastic meeting was held in Clinton presided over by Mayor John C. Bucher and Dennis Whitney, Secretary. At the conclusion of the meeting, nineteen men enrolled themselves as volunteers and thus Clinton County, Iowa entered the Civil War.
Meanwhile, W.E. Leffingwell and others were engaged in raising a company of cavalry, which was to be known as the “Hawk Eye Rangers.” This company furnished their own horses and accouterments. Local farmers sold horses to the young men. The company was raised and equipment provided without State or Government aid and became the first equipped company of cavalry raised in Iowa. It was officered by Captain W.E. Leffingwell, First Lieutenant, S.S. Burdette and Second Lieutenant, William H, DeFreest.
On July 24, 1861, Company B was presented with a beautiful flag of blue silk, and bordered with golden stars, the name of the company was displayed upon one side while the reverse bore a hawk and an eye. In the talons of the bird was the motto-“We will meet you on the border.”
On July 25, 1861, at an early hour, on Thursday morning, the bugle sounded the “assembly,” and in a short time the men of Company B were prepared for their departure for a rendezvous at Burlington. Richard Moore was among the men departing that summer morning. “There was but one attempt at cheering that we heard, the feelings of the people being entirely to much wrought up to indulge in a hearty cheer.” It was only four days after the disastrous battle of Bull Run and the brave young men of Company B no doubt knew in their hearts that this may well be the last time they set foot in Clinton County, Iowa.
The 1st was engaged at Peasant Hill, Missouri, Rolla, New Lexington, Elkin’s Ford, Little Rock, Bayou Metoe, Warrensburg, Big Creek Bluffs, Antwineville, and Clear Creek. Captain William E. Leffingwell was disabled on November 10, 1862 and 1st Lieutenant Samuel S. Burdett was promoted to Captain on November 11, 1862. The 1st was mustered out of service at Austin, Texas on February 15, 1866.
There would be over 2,500 volunteers and additional 200 draftees from Clinton County, Iowa. The 1st Iowa Cavalry furnished 1,478 men and suffered many casualties. There were two officers and 33 enlisted men killed in action and 8 men killed by accident. An additional two officers and nineteen enlisted men died from their wounds, 189 died from disease, 1 from suicide and 7 drowned.
The men of Clinton County, Iowa who served in the Civil War fought bravely, honoring their State and their county. All gave some and some gave all in defense of the Union.

Richard Moore’s civil war records:

Company B, 1 Regiment, Iowa Cavalry

Battery “L” Company, 1st Missouri Light Artillery

Company B., 1 Regt. Iowa Cavalry

7th Army Corp.



Muster-Out Roll


Pension Increase

Information on Richard Moore both before and after the Civil War is scarce. It is believed that he was born in May 1835 (1900 Census for Ford Co. KS). Both his Civil War records and a reference on the 1900 census, indicate that he was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. It has been his family’s belief that he was born in Ireland, but that cannot be confirmed. In fact, on the 1900 census for Ford County, Kansas, Richard states that both he and his parents were born in Pennsylvania.
Richard was 5’ 10” with red hair, blue eyes and fair complexion. He was a farmer and an accomplished horseman. It is very possible that Richard lived in the Township of Lyons in Clinton County, Iowa prior to entering the military. Richard was discharged from the Civil War on February 15, 1864 after three years of service. During his three years of service, Richard served with the 1st Iowa Cavalry, the Battery “L” 1st Regiment Missouri Light Artillery and the 7th Army Corp. He will see service in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. He will be involved in Guerrilla Campaigns against Quantrell’s, Porter’s and Poindexter’s forces. He will be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and violence against an officer when he becomes too drunk in Sedalia, Missouri. He will skirmish against Marmaduke in Missouri and fight in the Battles of Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Prairie D’Ane and others.
From 1864 when he is discharged from the Civil War until 1872 little is known of Richard Moore. There is a Richard Moore is listed on the 1870 census for Liberty Township, Clinton County, Iowa (page 282), although it has not been confirmed if this is the same Richard Moore.
On May 2, 1872, Richard married Emma Marie Wood in the township of Toironto, Scott Co. Iowa. Richard is thirty-six (36) years old and Emma is twenty (20) years old. A copy of their marriage record number 5345 was provided by the Davenport Public Library, 321 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa. The record states that the license was taken out on April 29, 1872, the date of marriage was May 2, 1872 and that E.L. Miller, was the Minister who performed the marriage.
Emma Marie Wood was born June 19, 1853, in the township of Olean, in Cattaragus County, New York. Emma was the daughter of Albert and Lucinda Wood. It is not known when Emma moved to Iowa or how she became aquatinted with Richard Moore. What little is known about Emma is that she was a midwife. She had twin brothers named Alfred and Allison and a sister named Lillian Wood. Allison Wood moved to Aberdeen, Washington and was an owner of Atcheson & Wood Lumber Company. Lillian (Lilly) married Mr. Newcom and they had two sons, Carl and Floyd Newcomb of Salina Kansas. It is not known what became of the rest of the Wood family. From their union of marriage, Richard and Emma had three children. (1) Frances Isabelle Moore born in 1874 and died in 1907 during the birth of her only child Frances Robinson. Frances was married to George Robinson. After the death of Frances Isabelle Moore, her daughter Frances was raised by her grandmother Emma Moore. (2) A daughter Mary Lourinda Moore was born 1877 and died February 28, 1948 in Los Angeles, California. Mary married Shepard Wilson. They live in Salina, Kansas before moving to Los Angeles, California. (3) A son Jesse Charles Moore was born September 3, 1885 (or 1886) and died November 27, 1962 at Loma Linda, California.
In 1900, Richard, Emma and Jesse Moore are living in the Kansas State Soldiers Home in Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas. Richard is sixty-five years of age and he and Emma, age forty-six years of age, have been married for twenty-seven years. Their son Jesse is fourteen years old.
The next record of the family is found on the February 20, 1930 Obituary for Emma Marie Wood who died on February 18, 1930 at St. Mary’s hospital in Kansas City at the age of 78 years. The Coffee County, Kansas obituary has conflicting dates for the marriage and date of death of Richard. It does indicate that after their marriage, Emma and Richard lived in Davenport, Iowa for a number of years. Later they moved to Emporia, Kansas and then to Lebo, Kansas.
Richard Moore died on September 4, 1908 in Lebo, Kansas. The years of 1907 and 1908 must have been difficult for Emma Moore. Emma was a midwife and during the birth of her grandchild in 1907 she she loses her daughter Frances. Emma and Richard take on the responsibility of raising their two-week old granddaughter Frances Robinson. The following year in 1908 Richard dies. Richard was seventy-three (73) years old.
On August 10, 1919, Emma pledged her membership in the Lebo Methodist Church. She was a devoted Christian. Emma died February 18, 1930, leaving behind eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was buried in the Lincoln Cemetery beside her departed husband Richard Moore.

Note: Mary Lourinda Moore was the daughter of Richard and Emma Moore. Mary married Shepard Wilson and was the mother of Leola Wilson. Leola Wilson married Owen E. Marshall and is the grandmother of the researcher of this family history - Peggy Lynn (Coyle) O’Neill

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