The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor (Seven Pines Casualties)

Posted on Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The 7th Tennessee lost nearly 100 men in 90 minutes of fighting.

The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor (Seven Pines Casualties)

The 7th Tennessee fought its first major battle on May 31, 1862 at Seven Pines.

The 600 Tennesseans had not been in a real fight yet, so the inexperienced soldiers went into the battle emboldened by their belief they must show of courage, which they saw as a facet of their manhood, honor, and goodness as a Christian.

Ninety minutes later nearly a 100 Tennesseans were gone; killed, wounded, and captured. The young warriors’ innocence had been stripped away by Minié bullets, artillery shrapnel, and canister. Never again would the Tennesseans go into battle not knowing what to expect.

The following is the 7th Tennessee’s roster on May 31, 1862. This roll shows each company’s total losses.

It is hard to imagine what the soldiers went through, knowing they lost a man per minute for nearly an hour and a half.

7th Tennessee Infantry

Seven Pines

May 31, 1862

Casualties

Unit Commander Strength Casualties Remaining
Staff Col. John Goodner 15 1 14
Co. A Cpt. Jonathan Dowell (w) 53 15 38
Co. B Cpt. John Allen (w) 84 4 80
Co. C Cpt. John Fry (w) 58 14 44
Co. D Cpt. Marcus Walsh 58 11 47
Co. E Cpt. James Franklin 51 3 48
Co. F Cpt. Asoph Hill 50 6 44
Co. G Cpt. Samuel Shepard 69 7 62
Co. H Cpt. William Williamson 55 15 40
Co. I Cpt. William Curd 51 14 37
Co. K Cpt. Archibald Norris 59 6 53
Totals 604 96 508
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