10 Nov 2013
Pine Bluff, Cane Hill, Prairie Grove, Fayetteville fought in Northwestern Arkansas, The Battle of Devils Backbone through White Oak Gap south of Ft Smith, The Camden Campaign, and General Price's Expedition into Missouri.
The above are engagements of General James Cade Monroe. He was beloved and brave. He became a General at age 26. He could never surrender to the enemy and fled to Mexico for only a short time until his death at age 27. He was being a peacemaker in a street fight in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He lost his life, and was buried in the Mexican hills. He was twenty-seven years old at the time, and a comrade who had accompanied him on his exile, cut the stars from his coat. The friend sent the stars to General Monroes' brother, Dr. F. M.. Monroe, who had served with James. Dr. Monroe had returned to Marion SC at the close of the war, and began the practice of medicine.
An article in the Arkadelphia paper written by a comrade at the time of his death,claimed that James Monroe was the first man in the county to enlist for service in the cause for which the South was contending. He raised and organized the first company from the county which was called the "Clark County Volunteers, and was elected its first captain. Known as the ragged colonel because he refused to fare better than his men; if they went hungry, he did not eat; if they were poorly dressed, he would wear no better clothing than they did.
The battle honor White Oak Gap would be a signature proudly displayed on Monroe’s colors in many future battles against the enemy that would signal that they were about to face a formidable adversary, known as Terror.
My great great Grandfather died in a hospital in Richmond VA after being a POW taken at Mounds KS. He served with General Monroe and has descendants with Monroe in their name. I feel that my gr gr Grandpa O'Rear would not have surrendered or given up either.