Tennessee Valor — Update

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011

The 7th Tennessee was not involved in any action on July 2, 1863.

Tennessee Valor — writing update

I have resumed the final editing and writing, now that the Thanksgiving holidays are over and my schedule has returned to normal.

I have completed Chapter 7, which follows the 7th Tennessee through the afternoon of July 1st, and through the next day, July 2nd. The chapter has proven to be one of the smaller sections, totaling 5,300 words.

Once Archer’s brigade was routed on the morning of July 1st, the 7th Tennessee did not see combat for the next 36 hours. Lt. Col. Sam Shepard wrote in his report in the Official Records, “We were not in the engagement of July 2nd.”

Thus, July 2nd became a day of rest and reflection about the war, and home. But for the Tennesseans, home was a source of considerable worry. Now that Middle Tennessee was controlled by the Yankees, going home was treacherous, because home had become a lawless and perilous place. Any young man, whether he be wounded or discharged, came home to a life which was difficult and dangerous.

Two such soldiers in Company ‘G’, Joseph and Nathan Lannom, exemplified these difficulties. Both men, farmers from the southern part of Wilson County had enlisted as privates. Nathan, the younger of the two, was wounded at Cedar Run and placed on a medical furlough. He deserted from the hospital and snuck home only to find himself scooped up by Yankee cavalry and placed in a prisoner of war camp.

The other Lannom, Joseph, a 44-year-old at the start of the war, had served with the regiment until August 1862, when he was discharged because of age. Joseph Lannom returned home to Wilson County and resumed farming, only to be murdered. The ex-soldier had been killed by a man named Richard Mount, whom everyone knew simply as, “Cedar Dick.” The murder had been bloody, when Cedar Dick assaulted Lannom, “… with a large … Bowie knife … and killed Lannom [by] cutting and stabbing…”[1]

[1] Jeremy Spires, personal communication, 23 December 2010.

Records are from the Wilson County, Tennessee Circuit Court Records, 1858 – 1867, 19 September 1866.




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