Writing Process — Tennessee Valor

Posted on Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Many of the 7th Tennessee's companies came from Wilson County

The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor

Worked for 5 hours today, compiling the personnel records of the 7th Tennessee. I focused on Company A, out of Dekalb County, TN

Company A had 26 officers and men who answered the muster call on June 30, 1863. Their captain was Jonathan Dowell, a 6-foot-3-inch, 25-year-old from Smith County. The 1st Lt. was 29-year-old George Cowen, and the 2nd Lt. was 33-year-old Burgess Wilmouth.

Company A suffered a loss of 4 men in the fight against the Iron Brigade near Willoughby Run on July 1, 1863. One of those casualties, Pvt. Joab Bailiff was struck by a bullet in the neck. He died of his wounds on July 16, 163.

Pickett’s Charge would decimate the company; half of the men would not return, including 1st Lt Cowen and 1st Sgt James Winfrey, both who were killed near the stone wall. Another Tennessean, 4th Sgt John Williams would be struck by artillery shrapnel, destroying both legs. He died on July 7, 1863.

The company lost seven more veterans near the stone wall, 3 wounded and then captured, and 4 others captured. Another soldier was wounded behind the Emmitsburg Rd fenceline.

Second Lt. Burgess Wilmouth led the crippled company south from Gettysburg as the Army of Northern Virginia retreated, however Company A’s losses continued; 2 men were lost in the fight at Falling Waters on July 14, 1863.  Only 11 veterans would return to Virginia by the end of the costly campaign.

If anyone knows descendants of the brave men of the 7th Tennessee, I would be thrilled to communicate with them. Please, let me know.

Company A

(3 officers & 23 men)

Rank Name Age Remarks
Capt. Jonathan S. Dowell 25 Wounded in thorax near stone wall (3 July), and captured.
1st Lt. George W. Cowen 29 Killed in Action, Pickett’s Charge (3 July 63).
2nd Lt. Burgess Wilmouth 33
1st Sgt. James A. Winfrey 26 Killed in Action, Pickett’s Charge (3 July 63).
2nd Sgt. George W. Reasonover 26
3rd Sgt. George W. Lamberson 29 Captured near stone wall (3 July).
4th Sgt. John Williams 26 Wounded in left knee & right leg before Emmitsburg Rd by artillery (3 July). Died of wounds, 7 July 63.
5th Sgt. John Cheek 28 Wounded before reaching Emmitsburg Rd. (3 July).
Cpl-1 William R. Lamberson 26 Captured near Willoughby Run (1 July).
Cpl-2 Thomas W. Goodner 26 Captured near stone wall (3 July).
Cpl-3 William C. Griffin 23
Pvt-1 Joab Bailiff 28 Wounded in neck (1July). Captured near Willoughby Run.

Died of wounds, 16 July 63.

Pvt-2 John S. Close 30
Pvt-3 James A. Donnell 30 Wounded near stone wall (3 July), and captured.
Pvt-4 Alphonso Emerique 25
Pvt-5 Francis L. Foutch 29 Captured near stone wall (3 July).
Pvt-6 Levi D. Foutch 24
Pvt-7 John Johnson 24 Wounded (14 July) near Falling Waters.
Pvt-8 John L. Luck 25 Wounded in right arm near stone wall (3 July), and captured.
Pvt-9 Theodore Moore 26
Pvt-10 George W. Murray 25
Pvt-11 John G. Nix 20 Captured near stone wall (3 July).
Pvt-12 Thomas J. Sneed 27 Wounded (1 July), and captured near Willoughby Run.
Pvt-13 Daniel W. Snyder 24 Captured (1 July) near Willoughby Run.
Pvt-14 William Willoughby 22 Captured (14 July) near Falling Waters.
Pvt-15 Wesley C. Yeargin 25
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2 Responses to
“Writing Process — Tennessee Valor”

  • Susan says: July 3rd, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I am a collateral descendant of Andrew Franklin Paul, Lt. 7th Tenn. Inf. Co. K. If you come across the book “The Boys Who Went to War from Cumberland University” you will read about Andrew Franklin Paul. I would like to tell you that contrary to the information in that book, Andrew was born in Georgia, not Texas. I have done a considerable amount of research on Andrew and am currently working on a story about my research relating to him. I would enjoy hearing more about your current project.

  • Kevin L Bandy says: June 4th, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I am a descendant of Joab Bailiff.

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