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  1. Buckshot

    Birge's Sharpshooters

    Ozzy, I also find the March 24th comment very odd. Maybe one of those camp rumors? I also find it interesting that George made a couple of comments about Gen. Beauregard and never makes a reference to Gen. Johnston. Beauregard's reputation evidently did proceed him from the East. Glad you enjoyed. Buckshot
  2. Buckshot

    Birge's Sharpshooters

    Jim, I have a transcribed diary and Image of George Lemon Childress, (Lawrence Co., Ill.) member of the Western Sharpshooters. George is a 1st cousin 6x removed. The diary is in the University of Illinois holdings. I called them and promised them a small donation for a copy of the diary. George enlisted in '61 and served throughout the war. His brother Wm. enlisted as a recruit (1864) and was KIA at Dallas, Ga. George doesn't go in to great detail, but I have transcribed his Shiloh entry's below. Also attached, the image of George. They were not very heavily engaged, that may be why they don't get much press. They were not really armed to be a line regiment at Shiloh. I guess they would be considered a special force during that time and their weapon wasn't light. Later down the line they were more effective on the line with the Henry Rifle. Tuesday March 11 - We are ordered to get ready to march, to cook three days rations. We expect to go up the Tennessee River' March 12 - Still remain at camp, did nothing of importance. Fine warm day. March 13 - Orders to march. We strike tents and march to the boat, Lancaster No. 4. We get on board about 11 o'clock P.M. March 14 - Rain at two A.M. All things being ready, we move up the Tennessee River at five o'clock. Rain nearly all day. March 15 - Still moving up the Tennessee. We leave a coal barge on the way at a landing which adds greatly to our speed. Afterward, weather cool. March 16 - We arrived at Savannah, Tenn. at four A.M. Where the greater portion of the fleet is. Many boats here, we stop here. One man fell overboard and drowned. March 17 - Still on the boat at Savannah, Tennessee. We go off and drill one hours time. A good many troops here consisting of a large fleet and transports. Warm day. March 18 - Start up the river at daylight this A.M. Part of the fleet gone and a part still at Savannah. Run about 12 miles and stop. Lay on the boat all day. March 19 - Today we lay on the boat all day, not being able to go ashore on account of so many boats. Troops are landing all along the shore where they can. Raining. Warm weather. March 20 - In the morning we move off the boat and go half a mile west and pitch tents in the woods. Pleasant weather. Looks like rain. March 21 - Staying on the boat seven days, we are glad to get on shore again. We remain fixing up the camp. In the evening, rain and fine hail falls. March 22 - Still raining, Cloudy. We remain in camp, cool weather. Nothing of importance done today. March 23 - A fatigue is sent West to clean off another camp. At about Noon we strike tents and move to another camp on a higher piece of ground. March 24 - We are ordered to change our front or color-line. We move a little. While here, we hear that Beauregard sent word to Gen. Grant to get out of here, or he will take us all. To which Gen G. replied that "it would save his men a weary march." (meaning to Corinth) March 25 - We are ordered to move a short distance again. Perhaps, to make room for other Regt's or perhaps for a better camp, or to be brigaded off. A fine day, warm. March 26 - I am detailed to act as sergeant of the guard, but am not needed. Gen. McArthur is commander of our brigade. I remain in camp, not on guard. March 27 - I am on guard at Gen. McArthur's head-quarters, twelve men. A warm day. March 28 - We remain in the same camp. I return to camp. A fine day. March 29 - We remain in camp. We look for marching orders. We drill as skirmishers in the evening. March 30 - We still remain in camp, there was talk of being (a) meeting in camp today, but failed to have it. March 31 - Cool this A.M. We box up some clothes to send home, but could not send them. In the P.M. rain. Tuesday, April 1 - We remain in camp, have regimental inspection first of the month. April 2 - We drill some these days by order of Capt. Taylor and the Col. Compton. Cool. April 3 - We have a review, Gen. Grant and others present. Cool. April 4 - We remain in camp. A heavy rain. Ordered to prepare to march. April 5 - I am on guard today, Camp. Capt. Boyd took command of the Battalion drill, P.M. I am up all night, I did not sleep any. April 6 - Early this A.M. Beauregard and others attacked us out toward Shiloh, the firing was very heavy. Our men are driven back and the enemy take possession of our men's camps on our advance. A continual firing of cannon and musketry all day, at night all firing ceased save the gunboats on the river kept up firing all night. Rained all night, our men sleeping on the ground all night on their arms. April 7 - Commenced the attack early this A.M. and having received reinforcements drive the enemy all the time, they strongly contesting the ground they had gained yesterday. Finally at about two o'clock they were on the retreat toward Corinth. Our men did not follow them far, rain and hail at night. April 8 - We march about Noon about two miles but return again at night. Our Reg't was not in the heavy fight, but were near and kept the enemy from coming in on the right. Our camp was shelled. April 9 - Our men are burying their own dead, the dead men lay thick on the ground, over the field. We remain in the same camp. Cool day, windy and unpleasant. April 10 - Our men are still burying the dead. I visit the battleground, hundreds of men laying on the ground, twenty at one sight. The shell the day of the battle set the leaves afire and burnt the ground over the dead bodies. April 11 - Stayed in camp all day, a very disagreeable and rainy day. Rained all night also. April 12 - Cool this A.M. and in the P.M., heavy rain at night. We remain in old camp. April 13 - We remain in camp the same as before. The sun shone out today, the first for some time. April 14 - Nothing of importance done in camp today. Health is not very good. April 15 - There was a burning bridge floated down the Tennessee River today, supposed to be set on fire by the Rebels up above. It was on the Memphis & Charleston R.R. April 16 - I am on guard duty today. The guard is taken off this P.M. Three companies ordered out on Picket Guard - the right wing. April 17 - We go out to relieve the pickets Our tents are brought out to us. Our picket-line is along the Owl Creek. Our tents are pitched for a camp in a field for camp. April 18 - Rained. We got wet. One-half of the battalion each day nearly are on guard. April 19 - Rained all day, very disagreeable weather, still we have to stand picket guard. Windy at night. Respectfully, Buckshot
  3. Hi mona, I am not sure what district 14 is Called today. The town of Olive Hill sits on the southern boundary of old C.D. 14. Cerro Gordo was approx. 5 miles from C.D. 14. The district's shape started wide and narrowed, coming to a point. (shaped almost like an arrowhead) It touched Wayne County, Tn. In my g-uncle Sam's 1865 surrender paperwork he stated he was from Clifton, Tn. From that statement I assume many from district 14 did most of their business in Clifton and claimed it as their local "big town." Savannah and Clifton would have been about the same distance from C.D. 14. Respectfully, Buckshot
  4. Hi Ozzy, I did this little study a while back and had ordered several of the records from NARA. I never had any problems besides the cost and waiting for snail mail to arrive.Having good dates & unit information on the vet. saves time. In some states like Tennessee, people can order compiled records & Confederate pension records directly from the state. It is cheaper for folks. I found the Fold3 collection online several years back, it contains every Confederate compiled service record from every southern state. That helped me a lot and saved me money in the long run. It's nice having all of the southern states compiled service records at your fingertips. The down side to Fold3 is the lack of Union compiled service records. For most of those states it is just index cards, pretty much telling you what the National Park CWS&S site tells you. I do recommend viewing Fold3's Union Army Widows Pensions, they are a wealth of information and being continually updated. Respectfully, Buckshot
  5. I thought that some might find this interesting. I did this study and published it to my blog in 2009. Obviously it is unit specific, and may not interest many. Please keep in mind that I am not a professional historian, I crawl in to burning buildings for a living. I also attached the image of my 3rd g-grandfather below. I have spent several years researching and studying the service records, census records and general history of my 3rd great grandfather Wm. David Lee. I have often asked myself several questions. 1. What motivated David serve to serve in the Confederate Army when history tells us that the Eastern half of Hardin county was very pro union? 2. Why did David travel 40 miles to Henderson Station to enlist and were there other men from Hardin County that made the journey to Henderson Station? I decided to dig into the 1860 U.S. Census records and try to locate others who served in Company B, 52nd Tennessee Infantry from Hardin County. I started running names in District 14 of Hardin County, which carried a Bonnough Post Office address. This is where David Lee was living with his family in 1860. I then took the first and last names of the men living in District 14 and ran them on the NPS Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Once I had my District 14 soldier prospects, I started going through each mans Individual Compiled Confederate Service Record from the National Archives. Luck was on my side, ages and number of miles traveled to the rendezvous point at Henderson Station had been recorded in all of the original members Compiled Service Records. Many of the ages are off by one or two years, I don’t know if this was their age at enlistment or their age when the the 52nd was consolidated with the 51st Tennessee Inf. I was very excited with my findings and will now share what I have found. I will start by giving the name of each original member that lived in District 14.I will also share the information contained in each individuals Compiled Service Record. 1.) Wm. David Lee – David was born in Alabama, 1844. In the 1860 census he is listed as living in District 14 with his parents Joseph C. and Nancy. He enlisted as W.D. Lee on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station. Miles traveled to the rendezvous was 40, his age is listed as 19. David was promoted to Corporal on April 22, 1862. He was “slightly wounded” at the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee on December 31, 1862 and sent to the hospital at Rome, Georgia on January 2, 1863. A notation on his causality card for the battle lists him as “David”, this is what friends and family called him. He did not return to the regiment but served in Biffle’s 19th (9th)Tennessee Cavalry with his younger brother Samuel, who was a corporal in Company F. According to Nathan Columbus Davis, who lived near Savannah, Hardin County and served in Company F, Biffle’s 19th Cavalry, “Dave Lee and Sam Lee” served in his company during the war. “Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaire”, Volume II; page 651. 2.) B.M. Steward/Stewart - Listed as Martin Stewart in the 1860 Census, enlisted as B.M. Sterward, but also noted as B. M Stewart several times in his service record. I believe this man to be David Lee’s uncle or cousin through his mother. He was born in 1837; Georgia and was listed as a farmer. He lived four houses away from the Joseph Lee family. I found a marriage certificate for David’s parents; Joseph Lee and Nancy Stewart in Alabama; 1843. David’s mother Nancy was also born in Georgia. B.M. enlisted as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. He is listed as 25 years old, number of miles to the rendezvous was 40. B.M. is listed as a 4th sergeant on the April to December 1862 rolls and is noted as deserting on Jan. 6, 1863. On the March to June muster roll he is listed as present; returned from hospital in Georgia June 1, 1863, no cause for the hospital stay was given. On January 1, 1864 B.M. is promoted to 1st sergeant of Company B. He is listed as dying in a Marrietta, Ga. Confederate hospital from a gunshot wound on May 19, 1864. He is buried in the Confederate Cemetery at Marrietta, Ga. 3.) R. H. Morris – Listed as Robert H. Morris in the 1860 Census. He was born 1845 in Tennessee and was living on his fathers farm in District 14. He was a neighbor on one side to Martin Stewart/Steward and on the other side by another member of the company; Francis Cooley. R.H. enlisted on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. He is listed as 18 years of age, number of miles to the rendezvous listed as 39. He is listed as a 4th Sergeant. R.H. died on April 24, 1862, no cause is given for his death. 4.) F.M. Cooley – Listed in the 1860 Census as Francis M. Cooley. Francis , is listed as a “Common Labor” and was born in Mississippi; 1839. His mother Edith and brother Malcom were living in District 2 with Edith’s new husband; widower John W. Lindsey. In 1850 the Edith Cooley family lived in Subdivision 2, Lincoln County, Tennessee. Also in the J.W. Lindsey household was David Lee’s future wife, Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey. There is also a Sarah Stewart/Steward age 50 living in the F.M. Cooley household in 1860. Francis enlisted as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. His age is listed as 22 years old. Number of miles to the rendezvous is listed as 38. Francis is listed as deserting on April 18, 1862, by “order of General Chalmers”. On the August to December 1862 muster roll he is listed as rejoining the company on November 1, 1862. After the battle of Murfreesboro he is again listed as deserting on the 6th of January, 1863. He is later found on the rolls of Wilson’s 21st Tennessee Cavalry. 5.) Frederick M. Ray – Also listed as Fred & F.M in the muster rolls. He was born in Tennessee; 1843. Frederick is living on the H.W. Davis farm and is listed as a “common laborer”. The Davis farm is next door to Martin Steward/Stewart’s. Frederick enlisted as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. He is listed as 20 years of age and traveled “38 miles” to the rendezvous. Fred is shown as being “wounded at Shiloh and taken prisoner.” His P.O.W. record from Camp Chase, Ohio states he was captured on April 7, 1862. It also says he is 18 Years old, eyes are hazel, complexion is light and has straight brown hair. It notes that his wound is in the thigh, above the right knee. He is listed as present on the July and August 1863 roll. On the Jan. / Feb. 1864 rolls he is reported as deserting on Feb. 15, 1864. March and April ’64 rolls say that Fred was “furloughed and captured”. 6.) O.E. Whitlow – Listed as Oscar E. Whitlow in the 1860 Census. He was born in Tennessee; 1844. Oscar was living on the family farm at the time of enlistment. He enrolled as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. Oscar stated he traveled 36 miles to the rendezvous and listed his age as 20. On the company muster roll dated June 30, 1862 is a notation, “Died March 4, 1862.” No cause for his death is noted. 7.) Enoch Cupples – Listed as Enoch Couples in the 1860 Census. Enoch was born in North Carolina; 1841. He was living on the family farm before enlistment. Enoch enrolled as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. His age is listed as 21. He stated he traveled 38 miles to the rendezvous. He is listed as “present” on the company muster rolls until a notation that he had “returned from the hospital on May 29, 1863″. No reason was given for the hospital stay. He continued with the regiment until his capture at the battle of Nashville, Tennessee on December 16, 1864. Enoch was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio and was transfered to Point Lookout, Md. on Feb. 17, 1865 for exchange. 8.) J.S. Turner – listed as Josiah in the 1860 Census. He is listed as being born in 1842. He was living on the family farm before enlistment. He enlisted as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. He stated he was 18 years old and traveled 38 miles to the rendezvous. On the company muster roll he is a “Reported deserter April 18, 1862 by General Chalmers.” He returns to the muster roll for March and April 1863 as having been “Absent without leave from April 18, 1862 to March 4, 1863. He is listed as being present through March and April 1864. He has a hospital record for June 1, 1864, at the Madison Hospital, Montgomery, Alabama. No reason is given and no other record exists for J.S. Turner’s fate. 9.) J.W. Mitchell – Listed as John W. Mitchel, born 1841, Alabama, in the 1860 Census. He is living on his mother’s farm before enlistment. John enrolled as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. He states he is 21 years old and traveled 37 miles to the rendezvous. On the June 1862 muster roll, it states he was sent to the hospital. A causality card states he was wounded April, 1862 at Shiloh. He is present for the rest of 1862, but is listed as being “slightly wounded” at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862. John is present for all of the year 1863 and is promoted to 3rd corporal on January 1, 1864. On December 16, 1864 John was taken prisoner at the battle of Nashville, Tennessee. He was sent to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois. 10.) W.A. Polk – Listed in the 1860 Census as Wm. Polk, born 1839, Tennessee. He is listed as a farmer on his widowed mothers farm. William enrolled as a private on December 4, 1861 at Henderson Station, Tennessee. He states his age as 21 and miles traveled to the rendezvous, 36. William’s muster sheet states that he “Died April 26, 1862.” No cause is given for William’s death. 11.) Joab Alexander (J.A.) Russell – Listed in the 1860 Census as J.A. Rupell. He is listed as a farmer with $ 1000.00 worth of personal estate. J.A. was born in Tennessee ; 1827. He was also the person that would recruit the men that would become Company B, 52nd Tennessee. Goodspeed’s History of Hardin County, Tennesse gives proof that Russell raised a company within Hardin County -” Numerous other bodies were sent to the service, among them Capt. J. A. Russell’s company and a large number to Capt. J. W. Eldridge’s battery.” Leading his men from Hardin County to Henderson Station, Captain Russell enlisted on December 4, 1861. He stated his age as being 35 years old and that he traveled 40 miles to the rendezvous. He was present with the regiment until early 1863, when he is listed “On detached service.” He went home to recruit a new company (Co. A) for (Wilson’s) 21st Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. A.N. Wilson was formerly a Captain and then Major of the 52nd Tennessee Infantry. Russell’s and Wilson’s companies fought in the ranks of the 5th Mississippi Infantry at Shiloh and gained praise from General Chalmers in his after action report of Shiloh. Not only does Captain Russell seem to have been a good leader, it would appear he was also a very good organizer for the Confederate Army on the east side of the Tennessee River in Hardin County. There were many others from Hardin County that joined Company B. Many of the men who are listed as deserters can later be found on the rolls of Biffle’s (19th) Tenn. Cavalry and Wilson’s (21st) Tenn. Cavalry Regiments. The following is a listing of known men from other districts of Hardin County who served in Company B, 52nd Tennessee Infantry. * Men listed as a recruit were not present at the original organization of company B at Henderson Station.* C.B. Arendell, District 4; J.M. Arendell, District 4; John Arendell, District 3; J. Austin, District 14 (recruit); S. Austin, District 14 (recruit); W.H. Baker, District 4; J.W. Baker, District 4; W.N. Barnes, District 4; Elijah Basey, District 3; John Black, District 3; T.A. Booth, District 2; R.J. Bratton, District 5; Jesse G. Carson, District 2; H.L. Dearen, District 8; J.F. Doyle, District 1; J.W. Doyle, District 1; F.W. Edings, District 4; W.T. Garner, district unknown (listed from Hardin County on Oath.) Squire Haggard, District 2; George Hailey, District 2; Robert Hames, District 14 (recruit); J.M. Hampton, District 6; R.L. “Leroy” Hodge, District 4; J.R. Kincannon, District 2; T.J. Kincannon, District 2; James Lackey, District 1; Thomas Love, District 14 (recruit); Marion Love, District 14 (recruit); J.T. Martin, District 6; W.K. Martin, District 6; C.P. Mays, District 1; Elijah Mays, District 1; Jesse Morton, District 14 (recruit); J.T. Motley, District 4; J. Mullins, District 4; Elisha Peacock, District 5; J.N. Peacock, District 2; W.T. Pierce, District 11; Drury Parker, District 2; Marion Polk, District 2; Aaron Pool, District 2; F.M. Pool, District 2; Woodman Stanton, District 1; J. Reed, District 8; James Taylor, District 11; Wiley Waldo, District 5; W.M. West, District 2; Richard A. White, District 8; J.J. Worley, District 8. I am sure that this is an incomplete listing of Hardin County Men, there are several that I believe were from there, but I cannot prove it in the census or service records. I do believe that there is more than enough proof that Hardin County men were the core of Company B, 52nd Tennessee Infantry. In the future, I hope that any revisions in the two volume set of “Tennesseans in the Civil War” will reflect Hardin County with Company B, 52nd Tennessee Infantry. It is also no wonder why Russell’s company stayed on the field at Shiloh, for many in the ranks of Company B it really was their homes they were fighting for. As to my former questions, I believe I have answers to them. 1.) David enlisted in the Confederate Army because his family and friends close by were enlisting. Also because of the energetic man (J.A. Russell) that was recruiting the company lived close by. 2.) David traveled to Henderson Station to enlist because Capt. Russell organized and lead a large contingent of Hardin County men 40 miles to enlist in the Confederate Army. This is shown by the December 4 , 1861 enlistment date on many of the Hardin County men’s service records.
  6. Buckshot

    Greetings from a Hoosier

    Hello, I am a long time amateur student of the battle. Shiloh is my favorite battle to study and my favorite park to visit. Every time I am joyful entering the park and always sad as I exit. My 3rd great grandfather lived in the Eastern half of Hardin County (District 14, 1860 Census). He and a g-uncle were in Russell's Co. B, 52nd Tennessee Inf. Research I have done on company B shows that many of these men including Captain Russell were from Hardin County. 'Home Turf' could be part of the reason company B stayed and fought in the ranks of the 5th Miss. Inf. I would have loved to have been present on Tim Smith's tour following Chalmer's Brigade route this past fall. Spain Field is one of my favorite spots to visit, I guess because it was the beginning for Chalmer's Brigade and the men's first taste of battle. I always try to imagine what the men's thoughts and emotions were as they went across that field on the morning of April 6. Other Shiloh family history includes a g-uncle from Rutherford Co.,Tn. who was present with the 45th Tenn. Reg't. Two other family members from Gibson Co.,Tn served in the 12th Tenn Reg't. I look forward to viewing the history that has been and continues to be collected here. Thanks for having me.
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