The Civil War in Missouri

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Uniform Coat of Colonel Austin M. Standish, Missouri State Guard (Confederate)

1861-1865
MHM Collections

Colonel Austin M. Standish had his pocket watch to thank for sparing his life when he was shot in the midst of the battle. “My adjutant, Colonel Standish…in attempting to reconnoiter the enemy’s line,” reported Brigadier General Mosby Monroe Parsons, “was struck by a minie-ball, but escaped death by the missile embedding itself in his watch.” Later in the war Standish was severely wounded in the left hand during battle at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. Standish luckily avoided death on two occasions, but his good fortune ran out when he joined a mass exodus of Confederates who fled to Mexico after the war. Standish, Parsons, and four others were killed about July 19, 1865. The Mexican Times reported that the men had been stripped naked and murdered “by a band of red-handed robbers.”