~ IN MEMORY OF ~
b 15 Jan 1835 McMinn CO, TN
residence Sweetwater, TN
claim filed 31 Aug 1910, file #12126
He enlisted with Capt. John A. Rowan's Company under Col. Ashby on 28 June 1861 and served in Capt. Clark's Company G. He fought in the battles of Fishing Creek, Perryville, Monticello, Dawville, and Somerset in KY as well as others in that state. He was captured at Big Hill, KY on 31 July 1863. Afterwards, he was placed in prison at Camp Chase and transferred to Ft. Delaware where he remained from Aug. 1863 through Feb. 1863. While imprisoned, he contracted neuralgia, which settled in his right eye and caused blindness. He was paroled from Ft. Delaware and forwarded for exchange to Charlotte, NC on 27 Feb. 1865.
On 31 Aug. 1910, he listed a wife aged 66, nine daughters, and two sons all of which were then married except one. He owned eighty acres of land valued at $200 and livestock at $150.
He was recorded as being unable to read or write, but descendants have long recalled his phenomenal ability in math. In 1910, he suffered from irregularity of the heart and oblique inguinal hernia but did not claim these as a result of military service.
by Sandra Ratledge, great-great-great-great-niece
SOURCE: Records above were abstracted from microfilm housed in the Tennessee State Archives in Nashville.
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