Tennessee Valor – Enlistments, 1864-1865 (Part 2)

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011

Two 1864 recruits survived and were present to surrender at Appomattox.

Tennessee Valor – Enlistments – Part 2: 1864-65

The recruiters must have learned something from their dismal 1863 recruitment practices because the replacements added to the 7th Tennessee from the 1864 conscriptions and volunteer enlistment proved to be much more reliable. As in 1863 the regiment’s home counties; Wilson, Dekalb, Sumner, and Smith were inaccessible due to that area being controlled by the Federals, so, once again only eastern Tennessee was available for recruitment.

 

The ages of the men garnered in 1864 proved to be much older than those of the original volunteers of 1861. Not only were these men older, many of them owned farms or small businesses, and a larger percent were also married. So, these new replacements were much more serious about not wanting to gain glory for the Confederacy, like the original boys.

An example of these new men can be seen in Sterling Rhea, a 35-year-old from Brier Creek, Tennessee. Sterling Rhea was married and the father of five children, and owned a successful blacksmith shop. Rhea had several assistants who worked for him, including at least one slave. Rhea was not happy having been conscripted, but he had vowed to those who could hear him that he would serve dutifully. Sterling Rhea did prove to be much more reliable than that first bunch of misfits last fall. He did his part as a rifleman for the 7th Tennessee, though never going out of his way to place himself in danger. Rhea fought with the regiment throughout the terrible battles of the summer of 1864, and then endured the horrible winter months and the spring of 1865 during the siege of Petersburg. Private Rhea, though wounded in the mouth at the fight around Peeble’s farm in August 1864, survived right to the end and was one of the few Tennesseans in the regiment to be present at the surrender at Appomattox.

The following chart lists the 1864 and 1865 replacements and a brief note on what happened to them:

 

7th Tennessee Recruits 1864-1865

  Dob Co.  date Last entry date
Davis, S. L.

1836

A

4/1/64 Discharged disability 6/1/64
Loveall, James

C

11/10/64 Captured Hatcher’s Run 4/2/65
Baldwin, Nicholas

1825

D

3/10/64 Deserted,  4/7/64
Barnard, Robert

D

3/28/64 12/26/64 deserted on picket duty, Petersburg
Barner, William

1833

D

3/13/64 WIA-8/18/64: deserted 10/10/64, Petersburg
Beals, Amon

1819

D

3/-/64 Captured, Wilderness 5/5/64
Bolen, Milem

1815

D

3/-/64 Captured, Hatcher’s Run 4/2/65
Brady, Alven

1812

D

3/-/64 Captured, Wilderness 5/5/64
Browning, Robert

D

3/25/64 WIA-6/12/64: Captured 4/4/65 Retreat from Petersburg
Conley, Patrick

1838

D

1/23/64 Sick since 4/1/64 died of disease
Fairchild, Jesse

1819

D

3/10/64 Died of disease 6/21/64
Fish, John

1842

D

2/1/65 Sick in hospital, died of disease
Gibson, Jesse

1817

D

3/10/64 Sick since 8/20/64
Gibson, Uriah

1817

D

3/10/64 Deserted, 4/11/64
Knight, John

D

4/4/64 Captured, South Anna 5/26/64
Miller, Samuel

1841

D

3/25/64 Captured, Cold Harbor 6/3/64
Miser, Thomas

1826

D

3/10/64 Sick since 8/21/64
Pardon, Benjamin

D

3/25/64 Captured, North Anna 5/23/64
Phillips, John

D

3/25/64 Captured, Spotsylvania 5/12/64
Phillips, Nelson

D

3/25/64 Captured, Spotsylvania 5/12/64
Rabeck, William

1817

D

3/10/64 Captured, Spotsylvania 5/10/64
Rhea, Sterling

1828

D

3/15/64 WIA (mouth) Peebles Farm 9/30/64,

Paroled—Appomattox 4/9/65

Robertson, John

1816

D

3/10/64 Captured, Wilderness 5/5/64
Rogers, William

1843

D

3/10/64 WIA, Wilderness 5/5/64,

WIA, Weldon Rd 8/18/64

Snider, George

1816

D

3/25/64 Discharge disability 9/7/64
Spurgeon, Thomas

1826

D

4/9/64 Sick since 4/22/64
Winkler, Abraham

1824

D

3/-/64 Captured, Wilderness 5/6/64
Allen, Elden

E

11/-/64 Captured, Petersburg 4/2/65
Blackburn, William

1834

E

1/-/65 Captured, Petersburg 4/2/65
Conkle, Higgins

E

11/30/64 Paroled, Appomattox 4/9/65
Dockey, Oliver

E

11/23/64 Captured, retreat 4/3-9/65
Dorris, Isaiah

1810

E

1/23/64 Deserted, 2/22/65 from Petersburg
Fish, Jonas

1818

E

2/12/65 Captured, Hatcher’s Run 4/2/65
Goin, Leroy

E

4/18/64 Deserted, 5/25/64
McKeehan, John

1846

E

2/12/65 Deserted, 4/1/65, Petersburg
McKeehan, Robert

E

2/12/65 Deserted, 4/1/65, Petersburg
McKeehan, Samuel

1833

E

2/12/65 Deserted,  4/1/65, Petersburg
Munsley, William

E

2/18/64 WIA (scalp) Cold Harbor 6/3/64, Deserted 1/3/65
Myers, James

E

12/29/64 Captured retreat from Petersburg 4/2-9/65
Pearce, Richard

E

2/7/65 Captured retreat from Petersburg 4/2-9/65
Roark, Jesse

E

1/13/65 Sick since 1/13/65
Saunders, William

E

11/30/64 Captured retreat from Petersburg  4/2-9/65
Sharp, William

E

4/18/64 Deserted 8/31/64 when on vidette, Petersburg
Stiner, Peter

1831

E

4/18/64 Deserted 1/3/65 while on picket, Petersburg
Sweet, David

E

3/-/64 Captured retreat  from Petersburg 4/3/65
Wagoner, Daniel

E

2/6/65 Captured Petersburg 4/2/65
Walker, Daniel

E

4/18/64 Deserted 6/1/64
Walker, John

E

4/18/64 Deserted 9/5/64 from Petersburg
Williams, Thomas

E

2/-/65 Captured Hatcher’s Run 4/2/65
Wooten, John

E

11/-/64 Captured Petersburg 4/2/65
Yoakum, Robert

1836

E

3/-/64 Captured North Anna 5/25/64
Quinn, Patrick

H

3/1/64 TDY-teamster
Baumbach, Anthony

K

1/-/64 TDY-miner 8/5/64,captured4/12/65

 

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