Freeman was commander of Freeman’s Brigade in Marmaduke’s Division. Freeman’s Missouri Cavalry was commanded by Lt. Col. Joseph R. Love.
Born in Scott County, Missouri, in 1829, Thomas Roe Freeman was practicing law in Dent County when he enlisted as a second lieutenant in the 1st Infantry, 7th Division, Missouri State Guard. Advancing quickly, Freeman rose to the rank of colonel in command of a brigade. Freeman was paroled on June 5, 1865, and returned home to southeastern Missouri to resume the practice of law. Sometime later Freeman relocated to Newton County in southwestern Missouri to assume the position of prosecuting attorney.
Titterington, The Battle of Westport, October 21–23, 1864: A Driving Tour of Battle Sites in Kansas City, Independence, and Northeastern Jackson County, Missouri, 315.