The Writing Process: Tennessee Valor (Lt. Col. Samuel George Shepard)

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Lt. Col. Samuel George Shepard mustered into the 7th Tennessee as Captain, Company G.

The Writing Process – Tennessee Valor (Samuel George Shepard)

4 more hours of working on the manuscript, resulting in 1,400 more words on paper. Tomorrow I’ll revise and then add more. I’ve just had the first shot fired on the morning of July 1st 1861.

A Short Biography: Samuel George Shepard

He was called George; the 31-year-old mustered into the 7th Tennessee as Company G’s Captain. George was a teacher in Gladesville, Wilson Co. TN when the war began, though he had just completed the certification to be a lawyer in 1860. He was single, though sweet on a 16-year-old woman named Martha (Mattie) Jane Major.

George was promoted to Major on July 9, 1862, and then to Lieut. Col. on April 8, 1863.

He was the only field officer to survive the Battle of Gettysburg and led the regiment for the rest of the war. He surrendered the 7th Tennessee (47 men) at Appomattox.

After the war George returned home and immediately married Mattie. They had six children before all was said and done.

He practiced law and was part of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention in 1870 to correct and rewrite the state’s constitution. He was in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1871-1873. He owned a farm of up to 800 acres, owned and operated a cotton gin, was instrumental in a school being built, and then finished his years as a Missionary Baptist minister.

Mattie passed away in 1915 and George died of throat cancer in 1917.

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6 Responses to
“The Writing Process: Tennessee Valor (Lt. Col. Samuel George Shepard)”

  • Reta Moser says: April 30th, 2011 at 6:11 am

    He owned a little over 300 acres, not 800. He taught in Mississippi before the war, before becoming lawyer, never Gladeville. He was a lawyer before the war. He was a school superintendent and built (with help)a school house.
    His file shows that he started signing as “commanding the regiment” in April 1862. J.H. Moore states that Shepard was the “captain of the captains” when Fite was promoted, and Fite says Goodner was “Colonel of the Colonels.” Shepard followed Fite in promotions as did Fite follow Howard and then Goodner. I think Fite and those above him commanded the Brigade, Shepard the regiment. Of course, Hatton was commander of 7th until he became head of the brigade.

  • Ruth (Moore) Gangwish says: November 12th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Great great granddaughter of Octavia (Shepard) Moore:

    Lineage: Octavia (Shepard) Moore, Charles Beverly Moore, Louis Moore, Ruth (Moore) Gangwish

  • Ruth (Moore) Gangwish says: November 12th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Additional Information regarding my name:

    Ruth Beverly (Moore) Gangwish

  • Ruth Beverly (Moore) Gangwish says: November 13th, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I GOOFED. I am the great granddaughter of Octavia (Shepard) Moore–not great great.

  • Susie says: April 5th, 2017 at 10:10 am

    As vezes,pensamos que não podemos fazer alnpaprigcio,lmente quando desconhecemos,e com o passar do tempo discubrimos que tão facil e prazeroso.Fazemos analogia,pois se pensarmos bem tudo na vida se volta para algum sentido ou metas a ser conquistadas.

  • free quote from says: May 20th, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Véro dit :Bonjour,J’en ai acheté sur pimentrouge, et effectivement le goût ne semble pas différent selon les couleurs !Mais c’est très fun comme bonbons !

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