MOSS, ELIHU B. (1844 ~ 1921). Elihu B. Moss, Confederate veteran, was born in Mississippi in 1844. At the age of 19, he enlisted on May 1, 1863, as a private in Company D of the 5th Missouri Cavalry.
Not much is known of Moss' experiences during the War, but some of it may be gleaned from the 5th Cavalry's unit history. The Regiment, which was also known as the Lafayette County Cavalry or Gordon's Regiment, was organized in the spring of 1862, and was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department. The men took part in the Missouri expedition, where they participated in the battles of South Mills, or Camden, Helena, Bayou Forche, or Little Rock, Mark's Mills, and Newtonia. It is entirely possible that Moss fought at all of the battles, except for South Mill, as he had not yet entered Confederate Service. The 5th Cavalry was disbanded in May, 1865.
In 1869, Moss moved to Texas and eventually settled in Charleston, Delta County, where he worked as a farmer. On July 28, 1907, after living in Delta County for only ten months, he successfully applied for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas. In his application he stated that he was a widower and that his wife (no name was given) died more than ten years earlier.
Sometime after applying for his pension, Moss moved to Corsicana, Navarro County, and then to Austin to the Confederate Men's Home. After moving into the Home on January 8, 1921, he died seven months later on August 8. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Moss listed two sons, R. B. and R. O., as his next of kin when he moved into the Home. His sons lived in Dilworth, Oklahoma and Arkansas City, Kansas, respectively.
Information taken from: Confederate Home Roster, Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System website at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss, Confederate Pension Application # 13285, and Death Certificate # 23775.