Commander: Tom Stacy
The command, consisting of 20 to 50 men from Shelby County, Missouri, operated in northeast Missouri. Stacy made a raid on Palmyra, Missouri, on August 5, 1861 at about midnight with some 40 men. He had his hideout near Black Creek in Jackson Township on March 10, 1862. He and his men were waging warfare largely between Shelbina and Shelbyville, Missouri. Stacy captured James M. Preston, a Union man from his home and he and a man named Reed were taken to Stacy´s camp on Black Creek or North River and were shot. It was believed their bodies were thrown in the Salt River, weighed down with rocks. The bodies were never recovered. Stacy said Preston had been “carrying water on bothshoulders”, meaning that he pretended to be a Confederate when in the presence of bushwackers and that when Union troops came by, he was a strict Unionist and informed on certain Southern men and had them arrested. Stacy was also implicated in the murder of Lilburn Hale in April of 1862. He was with Porter in the summer of 1862, and on July 18, 1862, was mortally wounded at the battle of Pierce´s Mill. He died a few days later at a house near the mill in Shelby County.
Sources: Shelby, 1884, Marion, 1884, Knox, 1887.