Transcriber's Note:  The following is a questionnaire with answers provided by John Stemmons when he was being held as a prisoner
at the Gratiot Street Prison in St. Louis. His answers are shown in bold print:

Statement of J. M. Stemmons  a Prisoner at the Gratiot Street Prison, St. Louis, made the 30th day of
January 1863.

My age is:       
I live in:           Dade County, Missouri
I was born in:      Logan County, Ky
I was captured in:        Dade County, Mo
On or about the:         17th day of November 1862

The cause of my capture  was   had been with Col Jackman in Genl Hindmans Corps

I was in arms against the United States and was a [rank]    Captain
Company   G
I was sworn into the Rebel service about the 26          day of         June  1861  by Col Cockrell
in Benton County, Ark    for during the war

When captured, I was first taken to Springfield   and remained there 1 month and was
examined there by
Col. Mills and was sent to Gratiot Street Prison about the 24 day of December 1862         

never took the oath of allegiance to the United States, about the          day of                    186
John M Stemmons
Capt C S A

Subscribed by the Prisoner, the day
First names, in my presence.
J. G. Strong
Capt & A A Genl


The Prisoner makes additional statements as follows, in answer to questions:

1.        How many times have you been in arms during the rebellion?   
Five times
2.        What commanders have you served under? Col Cockrell. Col Clarkson
3.        What battles or skirmishes have you been in? Wilson Creek. Drywood. Pea Ridge. Neosho. Lone Jack
4.        Did you have arms, or were you out on picket, or what part did you take in the action? Yes. Commanded
5.        Have you ever furnished arms, or ammunition, horse, provisions, or any kind of supplies to any rebels? State when, where and how often.  
One sabre, pistol & horse
6.        Was there any rebel camp near you, that you did not give notice of to the U. S. troops?  Yes
7.        Have you ever been with any one taking or pressing horses, arms or other property?  No
8.        Are you enrolled in the E. M. M. –loyal of disloyal?  No
9.        Are you a southern sympathizer?  I am
10.        Do you sincerely desire to have the southern people put down in this war, and the authority of the U. S. Government over them restored?
No. and I hope never to live to see it
11.        How many slaves have you?   Would not tell the number
12.        Have you a wife—how many children. Yes. Two
13.        What is your occupation?    Lawyer
14.        What relatives have you in the rebellion?  All of them I hope.
15.        Have you ever been in any Rebel camp?  If so, whose—when—where—and how long?
What did you do? Did you leave it, or were you captured in it?
Yes. Gen Hindmans Prices & Van Dorns. From 26 June 1861 to Aug 16th 1862. Captain. Captured. I was wounded at Lone Jack I was
informed by my Colonel that I was exchanged & on my way South was taken prisoner again. I am not willing to take the Oath of
Allegiance. I belonged to the M S Guard before I entered the rebel services I am not willing to be enrolled in the M. S. M. I want to be
When I was captured I was traveling with my nurse & was with no armed band & had no arms.
John M. Stemmons
Capt C S A


Transcriber's Note: The last page was a form and the examiner put a line through words he thought did not apply. At the
bottom of the form he wrote his recommended handling of John Stemmons.

WEBMASTER'S NOTE: Because the program would not allow a line through the inapplicable words, I have put in BOLD the
examiner's answers.

What impression does the prisoner make—
Truthful or not truthful.
Candid or not candid.
[Cannot read word] or ill looking.
I recommend
To be kept in Prison & then tried by the Military Cm.
John M. Stemmons;
1863 POW Questionaire & Correspondence
(Again, Mike Clay's comments are in
Stemmons 1862 Letters
Stemmons 1865 Letter