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Sumner County, Tennessee
In the Civil War

By Edwin L. Ferguson

Chapter Thirteen

Abstracted with editing by E. J. Keen, 1997 / 1998

Permission granted by David, son of Edwin L. Ferguson


8th (Baxter Smith's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment

Organized November 24, 1862. Annulled. Organized again January 23, 1863. Sumner County furnished part of one company, namely Company K. Men from Davidson, DeKalb, Sumner and Wilson counties. As it is impossible to distinguish the respective counties from which these men came, we include the entire company.

Colonel Baxter Smith - Lieutenant Colonel Paul F. Anderson - Major Willis Scott Bledsoe - Company K, Captains: Paul F. Anderson and James H. Britton.

Colonel Smith was captured May 9, 1863, on patrol on the Caney Fork River and Lieutenant Colonel Paul F. Anderson commanded the regiment the remainder of the war.

The regiment had a varied experience. They left Shelbyville on way to attempt the recapture of Fort Donelson marching 125 miles each way. Defeated at Fort Donelson losing 26 men. Back to Shelbyville, to Woodbury where they were twice surrounded losing 80 men to Hadley's Bend on the Cumberland River where they destroyed a train of supplies. Then to Sparta, to Trousdale County, then via Beech Grove and Fosterville to Rome, Georgia, another 500 miles. Then with General Longstreet at Knoxville, then in the Atlanta Campaign, then into East Tennessee, and Virginia. Fighting at Saltville, Virginia, then into South Carolina fighting with General Wade Hampton, surrendering at, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 3, 1865.

Muster Roll for Company K, 8th Tennessee Cavalry

Commonly known as the 4th Cavalry.

Men from Davidson, DeKalb, Sumner and Wilson Counties.

Paul F. Anderson - Captain. Elected Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment. After the capture of Colonel Baxter Smith on Caney Fork River, May 9, 1863, was in command of the regiment. Wounded in thigh at Fort Donelson, February 3, 1863, when Forrest and Wheeler attempted to recapture the fort.

James H. Britton - 1st Lieutenant. Captain, succeeding Captain Anderson. The company was on detached service from July 1, to September 1, 1862, as escort company for General Wharton, then for General Hood, March 30, 1864. This gave them better arms, uniforms, etc.

William H. Corbett - 2nd Lieutenant. Made 1st Lieutenant January 25, 1863. Wounded at Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19, 1863.

Dewitt C. Anderson - 2nd Lieutenant. Wounded in right foot and captured at Cave Springs, Georgia, October 22, 1864. Sent to Johnson's Island, Ohio. Paroled June 16, 1865.

Lucilius S. Ferrell - 1st Sergeant. Discharged June 1, 1863.

N. D. Young - 2nd Sergeant. On detached service as clerk. Discharged on disability.

James Thomas - 3rd Sergeant. Made 2nd Sergeant March 1, 1864. Paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina, May 3, 1865.

Thomas J. Henley - 4th Sergeant. Made 1st Sergeant, March 1, 1864.

John W. Bowman - 1st Corporal. Made 3rd Sergeant, March 1, 1864, replacing Sergeant Thomas.

J. J. Hartofeld - 2nd Corporal. Made 4th Sergeant, March 4, 1864. Captured at Lebanon, February 7, 1863. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. Exchanged.

J. E. Moore - 3rd Corporal. Made 1st Corporal, March 1, 1864. Captured in Wilson County, December 12, 1864. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio.

Allen, Thomas J. - Killed on Elk River in 1863. Assistant surgeon.

Anderson, Frank - Prior service in Company C, 11th Cavalry Battalion from which he was discharged being only 16 years old. Enlisted in this company July 1, 1862. Wounded at Murfreesboro in side and shoulder, July 13, 1863, on picket duty.

Barry, William A. - Captured at Reseca, Georgia, May 16, 1864. Sent to Alton, Illinois. Paroled May 14, 1865.

Bedford, Thomas A. - Detailed to ordnance Department, April 5, 1864.

Bell, John Jr. - Paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina, May 3, 1865.

Bennett, W. H. - Name also appears as 3rd Lieutenant in Company G, 9th Tennessee Cavalry.

Bolton, Alexander - On detached duty until March 22, 1864. Paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina, May 3, 1865.

Boone, John - Enlisted for three years or the duration.

Brown, J. S. - Name only.

Buckley, H. M. - Name only.

Buckley, John - Captured at LaVergne, Tennessee in December 1862.

Burns, Joseph - Never paid. Killed at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862.

Corbett, John R. - Wounded at Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19, 1863. Paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina, May 3, 1865.

Davis, R. A. - Color Bearer. Courier. Killed at Averysboro, North Carolina, March 16, 1865.

Duvall, E. D. - In hospital at Charlotte, North Carolina, April 26, 1865, with Phthysic. Paroled May 23, 1865.

Farnsworth, George W. - Wounded at Tracy City, Tennessee, in 1863. Transferred to 8th Texas Cavalry in late February 1864.

Goodrich, W. Bryant - Detailed as Teamster October 1, 1862.

Greene, Henry - Name only.

Gregory, R. J. - Captured in Lancaster County, Kentucky in October 1862.

Griffin, Charles B. - Captured at Saulsbury, Tennessee April 25, 1863. Sent to Fort McHenry, Maryland, then to Fortress Monroe, Virginia.

Guild, George B. - Elected Adjutant of regiment February 16, 1865. Served with General Morgan six months then enlisted in this company, April 9, 1862. Wounded slightly at Reseca, Georgia, May 16, 1864. Paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina, May 3, 1865.

Hearne, Henry M. - Captured at Trousdale Ferry or Cumberland River by the 36th Ohio Infantry, May 29,1863. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio then to Fort Delaware. Paroled April 20, 1865.

Hearn, James W. - Captured at Lebanon, November 7, 1863. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, then to City Point, Virginia. Exchanged. Killed at Tracy City, Tennessee.

Hearn, Robert E. - Prior service in Company B, 4th Tennessee Cavalry, (McLemore's). Killed at Lebanon.

Irby, Marion - Deserted in October 1863.

Manson, Edward L. - Deserted April 20, 1865.

Martin, John M. - Captured at Cave Springs, Georgia, October 22, 1864. Sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois. Paroled May 5, 1865.

Miller, Archibald - Paroled March 15, 1865, on oath.

Miller, James M. - In Wharton's and Hood's escort. Nothing more.

Mitchell, James - Returned to 20th Tennessee Infantry regiment.

Neil, William H. - Captured. Exchanged. Killed at Marietta, Georgia.

Nelson, C. T. - Prior service in Company C, 2nd Tennessee Infantry as 1st Lieutenant. Enlisted in this company. Paroled May 3, 1865, at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Seat, Woodford O. - Wounded at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862. Captured at Courtland, Alabama, June 29, 1864. Sent to Camp Morton, Indiana. Paroled on oath March 22, 1865.

Sewell, John - Wounded while acting as courier in December 1862. Detailed as railroad engineer, December 8, 1863.

Shutt, Henry F. - Captured at Charlotte, February 6, 1863, on retreat from attempt to capture Fort Donelson. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, then to Rock Island, Illinois. Paroled May 26, 1865.

Smith, Currin - Captured in Gwinnett County, Georgia, October 26, 1864. Sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois. Paroled June 15, 1865.

Smith, Daniel - Captured at Trousdale Ferry on Cumberland River, May 29, 1863. Sent to Fort Delaware, Maryland. Released February 18, 1864, order Secretary of War.

Smith, Edward M. - Paroled at Citronelle, Alabama, May 12, 1865.

Smith, Pallas - Captured at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. Exchanged. Enlisted in Company C, 23rd Tennessee Infantry.

Stovall, William T. - Captured at Big Shanty, Georgia (Reseca), May 16, 1864. Sent to Alton, Illinois, then to Point Lookout, Maryland. Exchanged. In hospital No. 9 at Richmond, Virginia, March 1, 1865, with Remittany Fever.

Stratton, S. G. - Returned from detached service with Company K, 27th Tennessee Infantry, March 2, 1864. Oath at Nashville, October 15, 1864.

Sullins, Samuel - Deserted at Chattanooga, September 19, 1863. Oath at Nashville.

Sullins, Walter L. - Prior service in Company E, 35th Tennessee Infantry. Cannon ball knocked limb off tree at battle of Murfreesboro, falling on and severely injuring him. Paroled May 1, 1865.

Treanor, John Duke - Born in Ireland. Prior service in Company A, of McNairy's Cavalry Battalion. Sick in 1862, and offered discharge, Refused it. Made 1st Sergeant, March 1, 1864. Had been wounded and ruptured at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862. Paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina May 3, 1865. Spent several years in Confederate Soldiers Home in Nashville.

Vantrease, Andrew J. - Oath June 19, 1864, to be released north of the Ohio River by order of General Thomas.

Wall, William H. - Captured at Courtland, Alabama, June 29, 1864. Sent to Camp Morton, Indiana. Paroled May 23, 1865.

Weakley, R. W. - No record but of being in the escort company. This gave them better clothing and equipment.

Wharton, Jesse "Tobe" - Wounded at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862. Captured and sent to Rock Island, Illinois. Killed in prison.

White, Green W. - Captured at Courtland, Alabama, June 29, 1864. Sent to Camp Morton, Indiana. Released on oath February 4, 1865.

White, R. L. C. - Surgeon. Reported after being on detached service March 2, 1864. Served with escort company one month.

Williams, Henry - Died.

Williams, James - Captured at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862. Oath at Nashville March 23, 1864.

Williams, J. D. - Absent on leave.

Yarrington, Hays P. - Transferred from 8th Texas Cavalry in late February 1864. Seemed to have exchanged places with George W . Farnsworth. Captured in Wilson County, March 19, 1865. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio.


Sumner County and Her Sons during the War Between the States 1861 - 1865

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