Tennessee Valor — Writing Update, August 28, 2011 : Part 1

Posted on Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The 7th Tennessee ended the Gettysburg campaign with 80 officers and riflemen.

 

Tennessee Valor: Update, August 28, 2011

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My writing continues unabated, with hurricane Irene not able to do more than slow things down. Fortunately we were outside Irene’s affects. Our prayers and concerns go out for all who have been seriously affected by the hurricane.

Presently I have just completed the draft of the chapter describing the 7th Tennessee from July 4, 1863, to the end of that year, and up to the first of May 1864. This was a time of slow rebuilding, as the battered regiment which came out of the Gettysburg campaign had approximately 80 officers and riflemen remaining. The re-strengthening of the 7th came from enlistments and conscriptions of replacements, and the return of wounded soldiers who had recovered enough health to fall back into their companies.

The task of enlistment and conscription was hardly worth the effort. The summer 1863 muster returns show an increase of 35 new men, nearly all from eastern Tennessee, mainly the Knoxville area. Most of these men did not volunteer, and thus, were conscripted. They were referred to as ‘Conscripts from East Tennessee’. These fellows did not meld with the veterans, nor did they really care much for supporting the Confederacy. By the end of the summer nearly every one of these new men had deserted. Of this almost three-dozen, four saw combat, and only one was able to remain with the unit to be among those listed as paroled at Appomattox.

Here is a chart showing the enlistment activity for 1863: My next entry will discuss the enlistments occurring in 1864 and 1865 and how those men fared with the 7th Tennessee.

  Dob Co.  Enlistment Date Last date of service with reg’t: Remarks
Ashby, Samuel

1814

A

7/12/63 Deserted 9/-/63
Batts, A. W.

A

7/–/63 Deserted 1/12/64, captured in Ashland, TN
Hood, Benjamin

A

7/8/63 Deserted 8/30/63
Hood, Henry

A

7/8/63 Deserted 8/30/63
Jones, Elyah

1836

A

7/14/63 Deserted 9/5/63
Light, Thomas

1828

A

7/10/63 Deserted 8/2/63
Pratt, Andrew

1832

A

7/15/63 Deserted 8/10/63
Risden, James

A

7/20/63 Deserted 8/30/63
Bonner, John

B

7/22/63 Deserted 9/14/63 near Orange C.H.
Atchley, David

1832

C

7/22/63 Deserted 1/17/64
Cheek, Joseph

1826

C

7/10/63 Deserted 8/13/63
Crawford, John

1838

C

7/31/63 Deserted 8/12/63
Hale, Armstead

1826

C

7/31/63 Deserted 8/12/63
Hale, George

1841

C

7/29/63 Deserted 9/16/63
Spencer, Noah

1844

C

12/20/63 Deserted 1/27/64
Tallant, William

1836

C

6/22/63 Deserted 9/16/63 near Orange C.H.
Lindsey, Charles

E

7/23/63 Paroled, Appomattox 4/9/65
Shelton, Lewis

E

7/10/63 Deserted 8/30/64 near Orange C.H.
Shelton, Solomon

E

7/10/63 Deserted 8/30/64 near Orange C.H.
Baird, Hugh

F

8/3/63 WIA (foot) Weldon Rd 8/19/64
Barker, Burrell

F

8/3/63 Deserted 8/15/63
Celton, William

F

7/21/63 WIA, Wilderness 5/5/64
Costeel, George

F

7/24/63 Deserted 8/25/63
Flanagan, Robert

F

7/24/63 Deserted 9/14/63
Furgeson, Silas

F

7/22/63 Deserted 9/14/63
Hunter, John

F

7/10/63 Deserted 7/15/63
Jester, Albert

F

7/21/63 Deserted 8/10/63
Martin, William

F

8/3/63 Deserted 8/30/63
Mathis, John

F

7/23/63 Deserted 9/14/63 near Orange C.H.
Viery, Daniel

1842

F

7/-/63 Deserted 8/12/63
White, Spencer

1816

F

1/-/63 Deserted 8/30/63
Arnold, Granville

G

7/19/63 Last listed 10/31/63
Vickry, D. G.

G

7/-/63 Deserted 8/10/63
Williams, Martin

G

7/-/63 Deserted 10/15/63
Davis, John

1838

H

8/26/63 Captured, Wilderness 5/5/64
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