7th Tennessee Infantry — September 1 – 4, 1861

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011

The 7th Tennessee remained in western Virginia

7th Tennessee Infantry — September 1 – 4, 1861:

September 01, 1861: 7th TN at Big Springs, (West) Virginia

Jeremiah’s second Muster Roll Card indicated that he was Present for September and October. Copy attached. Col. Hatton wrote that the weather had cleared yesterday and preparations were underway for the Regiment to advance soon. Even he, as a colonel, did not what they were going to be doing one or two days in advance.

Miles traveled since leaving Tennessee: 329

Order of Command:

Army of the Northwest: Lee

Loring’s Division

Anderson’s Brigade

 

September 02, 1861: 7th TN at Big Springs, (West) Virginia

Since the action at Cheat Mountain is within days of occurring it might be worthwhile to briefly describe the forces opposing Lee.

“Brigadier General Joseph J. Reynolds was in command of the Cheat Mountain district, defending the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike, with four regiments totaling 1,800 men. One regiment, the 14th Indiana commanded by Colonel Nathan Kimball, defended Fort Milroy on Cheat Mountain, while the remaining three were at Camp Elkwater near the Tygart Valley River, where Reynolds established his headquarters.”

Miles traveled since leaving Tennessee: 329

Order of Command:

Army of the Northwest: Lee

Loring’s Division

Anderson’s Brigade

 

September 03, 1861: 7th TN on picket duty at Mingo Flats, (West) Virginia

Col. Hatton had moved forward to headquarters at Valley Mountain, about where Mace is today, and reported in a letter that it was a sunny day!!

David Phillips, of Company K, recorded that the 7th TN was sent forward on picket duty. “Our regiment went out on picket on Mingo Flats, 12 miles, with two-day rations in our haversacks. Arrived at our post about noon. Camped quite close to the Yankee pickets, ours and theirs in sight. Had to camp without fire or noise in order to keep our position concealed. Made a bed with James Weaver, John Cartwright and Isaac Forrester under a beech tree.”

Miles traveled since leaving Tennessee: 341

Order of Command:

Army of the Northwest: Lee

Loring’s Division

Anderson’s Brigade

 

September 04, 1861: 7th TN on picket duty at Mingo Flats, (West) Virginia

“About 2 a.m. I was awakened by thunder. Got up with great haste, piled our knapsacks, blankets, guns, etc., and spread my oil cloth over them. Rained very hard and till daylight; everybody and everything wet and cool. No fire. Rainy all day. Fixed a little tent, covered it with blankets and oil cloth.” David Phillips, of Company K.

Miles traveled since leaving Tennessee: 341

Order of Command:

Army of the Northwest: Lee

Loring’s Division

Anderson’s Brigade

 

Courtesy of Lamont Wade – http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Civil-War-Journal-Jeremiah-Turner-the-7th-Tennessee-Infantry/217025828317262?sk=notes

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