Tennessee Valor — Update; January 16, 2012

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012

Almost as many Tennesseans died of disease as were felled by Federal bullets.

 

Tennessee Valor – Update: January 16, 2012

Nothing has happened for two weeks; no research, no correspondence, no map making, and no writing.

Instead—I have been sick with pneumonia; high fevers, congestion, and trying to cough away my lungs.

Now, as I finish up a ten-day supply of Levaquin and find myself returning to the energetic person I remember, I have had much time to reflect upon a person’s health and well-being and will never again look at sickness in the same blasé manner as before.

 

The young men who made up the 7th Tennessee infantry not only had to deal with the lethal dangers of combat, but they also had to struggle against disease. The medical world of 1861-65 did not provide America’s soldiers with the array of medicines we have available today, so those hearty fellows had to fight disease armed only with their own personal constitutions.

I am fortunate today in that a massive dose of Levofloxacin attacked the pneumonia trying to fill my lungs and am well on the mend. Sadly, the Tennesseans were not able to protect themselves from that dangerous illness. They stood out in the rain, struggled in freezing temperatures, dampness, and often without protection from the elements. Many young men, their immunities stricken by the physical situation, fell ill and had their maladies worsen, allowing pneumonia to invade. These fellows battled resolutely against the sickness, but sadly, some did not survive. By the time the war ended, almost as many Tennesseans had died of sickness as were felled by Federal bullets.

An examination of 7th Tennessee deaths reveals that 69 died of disease in Confederate hospitals, and another 14 died of sickness while in a Union prison facility.

The following is a list of 7th Tennesseans who died from illness during the Civil War:

Date Name Rank Unit Age Comments

8/8/61

William Johnson

Pvt.

Co. F 26 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

8/13/61

Leroy Perkins

Pvt.

Co. K 19 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

8/19/61

William Martin

2nd Lt.

Co. D 24 Disease –Tuberculosis

8/30/61

Elijah Grier

Pvt.

Co. I 27 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/4/61

William Trousdale

Pvt.

Co. A 23 Disease – Measles

9/11/61

William Jetton

Pvt.

Co. I 18 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/11/61

Robert Taylor

1st Sgt

Co. E 29 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/11/61

Mathew Hearn

Pvt.

Co. D 15 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/14/61

Thomas Green

Pvt.

Co. D 18 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/15/61

Jasper Compton

Pvt.

Co. A 23 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/15/61

Levi McGuffey

Pvt.

Co. A 33 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/15/61

Rolly Organ

Pvt.

Co. H 23 Disease – Measles

9/16/61

Andrew Dugger

Cpl.

Co. E 18 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/17/61

Daniel Corley

Pvt.

Co. B 24 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/25/61

Martin Van Buren Coe

Pvt.

Co. A 20 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

9/27/61

George Dillon

Pvt.

Co. E 39 Disease- Chronic dysentery

10/1/61

William Graves

Pvt.

Co. E 35 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/5/61

Hardy Hearn

Pvt.

Co. D 36 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/8/61

Martin Craddock

Pvt.

Co. F 19 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/12/61

Wiley Poole

Pvt.

Co. G 20 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/15/61

John Neal

Pvt.

Co. I 24 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/15/61

Thomas R. Hale

Pvt.

Co. K 23 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/22/61

Allen Garrett

Pvt.

Co. E 28 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/24/61

Robert Freeman

Pvt.

Co. D 22 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

10/28/61

William Woodrum

Pvt.

Co. G 23 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

11/5/61

William Phillips

Pvt.

Co. B 18 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

11/17/61

Joshua Cochran

Pvt.

Co. C 25 Disease- Typhoid pneumonia

11/19/61

William Lane

Pvt.

Co. I 20 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

11/21/61

George Hearn

Cpl.

Co. D 21 Disease – Pneumonia

11/30/61

William Anderson

Pvt.

Co. A 24 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

12/1/61

Orin Paty

Pvt.

Co. B 18 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

12/2/61

John Mount

Pvt.

Co. G 25 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

12/10/61

William Chapman

Cpl.

Co. K 24 Disease- Pneumonia / dysentery

12/15/61

James Baber

Cpt.

Co. C 23 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

12/16/61

Isham Dellis

Pvt.

Co. H 21 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

12/17/61

Henry Lester

Sgt.

Co. D 19 Disease – Pneumonia

12/21/61

Peter Kirkpatrick

Pvt.

Co. E 27 Disease –Pneumonia / dysentery

1/5/62

William Sims

Pvt.

Co. A 21 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

1/6/62

Isaac Forrester

Pvt.

Co. K 27 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

1/7/62

John Pendleton

Pvt.

Co. A 19 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

1/12/62

John Clemens

Pvt.

Co. K 23 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

1/12/62

David Blythe

1st Lt.

Co. H 33 Disease – Pneumonia

1/12/62

John Kelly

Pvt.

Co. C 26 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

1/16/62

Thomas Scott

Pvt.

Co. E 18 Disease – Pneumonia

2/1/62

John Jackson

Pvt.

Co. I 17 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

2/7/62

William Chambers

Cpl.

Co. D 24 Disease – Chronic diarrhea

2/8/62

James Shaw

Pvt.

Co. D 26 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

2/17/62

Commodore Patton

Pvt.

Co. F 40 Disease – Pneumonia

3/2/62

Thomas Hale

Pvt.

Co. K 25 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

4/15/62

John Seat

Pvt.

Co. D 19 Disease- Pneumonia / dysentery

5/20/62

John Rice

Pvt.

Co. I 20 Disease – Measles

6/2/62

John W. Nipper

Pvt.

Co. G 26 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

6/26/62

Abner Lane

Pvt.

Co. K 24 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

7/9/62

Joseph Hide

Pvt.

Co. G 17 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

8/20/62

William Parker

Pvt.

Co. H Disease – Typhoid

10/6/62

Andrew Cheek

Pvt.

Co. A 21 Disease – Chronic diarrhea

12/28/62

Robert Sexton

Pvt.

Co. B 19 Disease – Pneumonia

1/1/63

John Curd

Pvt.

Co. I 28 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

4/13/63

James Curry

Pvt.

Co. G 18 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

5/17/63

David Burnett

Pvt.

Co. A 25 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

6/19/63

George Gann

Pvt.

Co. B 23 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

7/29/63

John Turkett

Ast. Surg.

Staff Disease-Pneumonia

9/10/63

William Motherly

Pvt.

Co. E 22 Died of disease as POW – Gettysburg

10/17/63

John Hall

Pvt.

Co. B 27 Died of disease as POW – Gettysburg

11/6/63

Henry Ford

Pvt.

Co. K 23 Died of disease (small pox)POW – Gettysburg

12/5/63

William Willoughby

Pvt.

Co. A 22 Died of disease as POW – Falling Waters

12/27/63

Rufus Hester

Pvt.

Co. C 24 Died of disease as POW – Gettysburg

2/11/64

Thomas Hatcher

Pvt.

Co. D 30 Died of disease as POW – Gettysburg

3/20/64

William Ragain

Pvt.

Co. F Died of disease as POW – Gettysburg

3/22/64

Martin Baird

1st Lt.

Co. K 30 Died of disease as POW – Gettysburg

5/12/64

Wiliam Garrett

Cpl.

Co. E 23 Died of disease as POW — Gettysburg

6/18/64

John Fish

Pvt.

Co. D 19 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

6/19/64

Patrick Conley

Pvt.

Co. D 23 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

6/20/64

Jesse Fairchild

Pvt.

Co. D 44 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

7/16/64

Marcus Hurt

Pvt.

Co. E 20 Died of disease as POW – Gettysburg

8/13/64

Amos Beals

Pvt.

Co. D 42 Disease – Chronic diarrhea

9/20/64

Samuel Hope

Pvt.

Co. C 26 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

12/21/64

William Rabeck

Pvt.

Co. D 44 Died of disease as POW – Spotsylvania

1/13/65

James Tarpley

Pvt.

Co. K Died of disease as POW – Wilderness

1/31/65

Cornelius Organ

Pvt.

Co. K Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

2/17/65

Faustulus Hughes

Cpl.

Co. E 34 Disease-Pneumonia / dysentery

3/5/65

Abraham Winkler

Pvt.

Co. D 37 Died of disease as POW – Wilderness

3/16/65

Elijah Boddie

1st. Lt.

Co. C 21 Died of disease (acute diarrhea) as POW – Wilderness

6/8/65

Milem Bolen

Pvt.

Co. D 46 Died of disease (acute dysentery) as POW – Hatcher’s Run

 

 

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