Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Stiles Evans

Stiles Priest Evans

Representing: Confederate

Unit History

  • Slaybacks Missouri Cavalry CSA A

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Stiles Evans
Full Unit History

Organized: Late, 1964
Mustered In: Inf. Not Avail.
Mustered Out: 6/14/1865

Regimental History


This Confederate unit was originally named Slayback's Missouri Cavalry Battalion. It was composed of men recruited by Lieutenant Colonel Alonzo W. Slayback during Confed. Gen. Price's 9/1864 raid into Missouri.

The battalion saw its first action at the Battle of Pilot Knob, MO (9/27/1864). Later, it was engaged at Sedalia, (10/15), Lexington, (10/19/1864) and Little Blue River (10/21/`1864).

The battalion was then (10/22/1964) used to find an alternate river crossing during the Battle of Big Blue River. That same month it was engaged at the battles of Westport (10/23/1864), Marmaton River (10/25/1864), and Second Newtonia (10/28/1864). It was then briefly furloughed in Arkansas before rejoining Price's forces in Texas that December. Circa 2/1865 the battalion received new recruits and reached official - ten company - regimental strength.

Slayback's Cavalry fought its last battle in 5/1865. On 6/2/1865 The Confederate Trans-Mississippi Department surrendered. The men were stationed at different points in Louisiana and Arkansas when they were paroled twelve days later.  This leads historian James McGhee to surmise that the unit was disbanded prior to the surrender.

Loss Numbers Not Available

Soldier History

Residence: St. Charles County, MO   Age:  ca. 28 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 1865   Rank:  Pvt.
Mustered In: Inf. Not Avail.
Mustered Out: Inf. Not Avail.
Highest Rank:  Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.

Family History

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NOTE: The birth - to - death biographical profile of Stiles Evans was created in October, 2022 during the waning days of the Covid-19 medical pandemic. It contains less depth of detail than many other biographies within this website because military service, pension and other veteran-related files housed in Washington, D.C.'s National Archives were not available. At a later time those documents may be obtained and the data contained therein added to the narrative which follows.

Stiles Priest Evans was born 2/4/1839. His place of birth was within the state of Ohio.

The only available information pertaining to Stiles' parentage is that his father was purportedly born in New York and his mother, Kentucky.  No information has been located regarding possible siblings. 

The first U.S. Census information found for Stiles is from 1860. At that time he was a laborer on the farm of one James T. Sulling and family located in Bear Creek Montgomery County, MO. 

During the American Civil War (ACW) Stiles served as a private for a short period of time in Slaybacks Missouri Cavalry Regiment. No additional information is known about his military tenure.

Post-war all we know about Stiles is that in 1892 he was residing in Tulare, CA. He likely married that same year.

Stiles' bride was Effie Stele Shortridge. According to Effie, she was born in Missouri on 5/26/1868.

It appears that immediately, if not almost immediately after being wed Stiles and Effie moved to Washington State. Settling in the community of Ferndale located near the U.S. / Canada border in Whatcom County, Stiles made a living doing odd jobs and performing laborer tasks. It was there he and Effie began their family.

During their years together Stiles and Effie produced four children. They were: Albert P. Evans (b. 3/6/1894 WA), Bessie S. Evans (b. 9/1896 WA), William Dudley Evans (b. 3/28/1899 Ferndale Whatcom County, WA) and Lena B. Evans (b. 1902/'03 WA). All four were alive as of 1910.

On 12/26/1912 Stile P. "Old Man" Evans died instantly while walking on the street in Ferndale. Cause of his sudden passing was cerebral (stroke) apoplexy He was seventy two years, eleven months and eleven days old. Burial was/is in Ferndale's Woodlawn Cemetery.

Following her husband's passing Effie remained in Whatcom County. In 1920 she still had two of her children in her Ferndale home. By 1930 she was residing in the nearby community of Blaine with grown son Albert and his family.

Effie Stele Shortridge Evans died on 12/18/1936. The location of her passing was Whatcom County's City of Bellingham. She was/is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery with Stiles. 

Posted: 10/10/2022



Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery AKA Paradise Ferndale

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