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James Franklin Ratledge

b - Jan 1834 Greene CO, TN
d 7 Jun 1916 Blount CO, TN buried Cedar Point Cemetery, Maryville, Blount CO, TN

Pvt. G Company, 59th Mounted Infantry Regiment, CSA, Civil War

[NOTE: The following data that I researched and typed for this website was stolen by "Find a Grave's" Bev (#46619248) and uploaded by her on that website in spite of requests for its removal. More than thirty years ago, my husband and I purchased James F. Ratledge's military records from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. After painstaking research, I transcribed his records and wrote the following history. Any pictures, data, or contents of this website posted anywhere on "Find a Grave" has also been stolen. See copyright notice posted below and at the bottom of every page on my website.]

James Franklin Ratledge was recorded as twenty-two when he mustered into the Confederacy on 15 March 1862 at Madisonville, Monroe CO, TN for three years of military service. He enlisted as a private in Company G headed by Capt. Josiah L. Wright of the 1st Battalion. The 59th Infantry Regiment was also called 1st (Eakin's) TN Battalion and also Cooke's Regiment TN Infantry, which was the initial nucleus until the organization was increased to a full regiment in May 1862 and officially designated as the 59th Infantry Regiment on 30 June 1862. Soldiers within the rank and file simply called it "the Old Fightin' 59th," a nickname that stuck for generations.

He was present and accounted for on all company rolls (i.e., May and June, Sept. and Oct., Nov. and Dec.) until the end of 1862 when he evidentally took a short leave for some unlisted reason. He was recorded as "deserted December 2, 1862." After Christmas, he returned and was recorded as present on all official rolls, Jan. through June of 1863. The Jan. and Feb. rolls of 1864 listed him as "absent without leave since August 28, 1863." However, he had not deserted. Official Prisoner of War records show that he was captured at the horrible seige and Battle of Vicksburg, MS, on 4 July 1863. He was paroled after signing the following oath of allegiance:

VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, JULY 10, A.D. 1863

TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, KNOW YE THAT:
I, J. F. Ratledge a Private Co. G, of Reg't 59th Tenn. Vols. C.S.A., being a Prisoner of War, in the hands of the United States Forces, in virtue of the capitulation of the City of Vicksburg and its garrison, by Lieut. Gen. John C. Pemberton, C.S.A., Commanding, on the 4th day of July, 1863, do in pursuance of the terms of said capitulation, give this my solemn parole under oath -----
That I will not take up arms again against the United States, nor serve in any military, police, or constabulary force in any Fort, Garrison or field work, held by the Confederate States of America, against the United States of America, nor as a guard of prisons, depots, or stores nor discharge any duties usually performed by Officers or soldiers against the United States of America, until duly exchanged by the proper authorities.

J. F. Ratledge (his signature)

Sworn to and subscribed before me at Vicksburg, Miss., this 10 day of July, 1863.
John A. Fry?, 20th Reg't Ohio Vol.
Maj. AND PAROLING OFFICER


Pictured in this photo is James "Jimmy" Franklin Ratledge holding his grandson Drew, son of Uncle Charlie and Aunt Harriet (Stinnett) Ratledge. Judging by Drew's age in the photo, the date may be ca. 1908 or 1909.

by Stephen Ratledge, great-great-grandson

"THOU SHALT NOT STEAL." DEUTERONOMY 5 : 19

This site is dedicated to the memory of my mother Beulah Cline Nipper, a beautiful product of the Knobs.

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