Robert S. Bevier (April 28, 1834, Painted Post, New York – February 24, 1889, Owensboro, Kentucky) was an American military officer. He was a Missouri colonel in the American Civil War and fought with the Confederate Army.
Bevier fought in the Wakarusa War against Kansas Jayhawkers in 1855. He opened a law practice in Macon, Missouri in 1858, and was a founder of Bevier, Missouri, which was laid out in 1858 and named for him.
With the coming of the Civil War, Bevier enlisted in the Confederate Missouri State Guard in 1861. He was elected Colonel of the 4th Regiment of the 3rd Division. At the Battle of Pea Ridge on March 6–8, 1862, Bevier was in command of Bevier's Missouri Infantry Battalion which fought with the Missouri State Guard on the left wing of the Confederate forces. By September 1, 1862 Bevier was Colonel of a four-company battalion which, with another battalion led by James McCown, formed the understrength 5th Regiment of Missouri Infantry. At the encampment of the Confederate Army of the West (1862) at Saltillo, Mississippi on that date, the 5th Regiment was brought up to full strength with the addition of another company and achieved regimental status. McCown was elected Colonel of the regiment with Bevier as his lieutenant.
The regiment was involved in nearly continuous combat during the war. The regiment went on to fight in the Iuka-Corinth Campaign at Iuka (September 19, 1862) and in the Second Battle of Corinth (October 3–4, 1862) and in the Vicksburg Campaign. It was captured en masse at the fall of Vicksburg although paroled soldiers were formed into a consolidated 3rd and 5th Regiment which fought until the end of the war. Robert Bevier was one of two Lieutenant Colonels in this consolidated regiment.
Bevier later wrote a war history, A History of the First and Second Missouri Confederate Brigades, published in 1879.
- Bevier, R. S. (1879). History Of The First And Second Missouri Confederate Brigades: 1861 - 1865 And From Wakarusa To Appomattox, A Military Anagraph. St. Louis: Bryan, Brand and Company. ISBN 978-1492310273. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Soldier Details – Bevier , Robert S." National Park Service. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
- Tucker, Phillip Thomas (1995). Westerners in Gray: The Men and Missions of the Elite Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment. McFarland & Company. pp. 6–9. ISBN 978-0786400164. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
- Eaton, David W. (2015) . How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named (Reprint ed.). Palala Press [1916:State Historical Society of Missouri]. p. 191. ISBN 978-1340907884. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Colonel R. S. Bevier — Bevier, MO". Waymarking.com. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Order of Battle". Pea Ridge National Military Park website. National Park Service. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
- Missouri State Pension Archives for Confederate Soldiers, cited at "Colonel R. S. Bevier — Bevier, MO". Waymarking.com. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- Jason A. Stewart (November 2009). "Remembering the Confederacy's Forgotten Warriors: The Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment". H-Net. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
- Tucker, Phillip Thomas (1995). Westerners in Gray: The Men and Missions of the Elite Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment. McFarland & Company. p. 233. ISBN 978-0786400164.
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