Monday, July 25, 2011

Former Confederates

Other than John, there were at least fifty other former Confederates in Company K, 13th Tennessee Cavalry. There may be more, but here are all the ones I have records for:

12th TN Cavalry
  • James Mann

16th TN Battalion (Neal's)
  • George R. Catron
  • Samuel S. Catron
  • William Catron
  • Jesse Baker

16th TN Infantry
  • Andrew J. Moore
  • Robert C. Kirby

19th TN Infantry
  • John Preston
  • Daniel H. Parrott

25th TN Infantry
  • William Spivy

28th TN Infantry
  • Pinkney Pippins
  • Thomas Hamilton
  • Jeremiah Holloway

29th TN Infantry
  • Thomas Cotter
  • Evan Fry
  • John Nance
  • John Shipley
  • Horace Stype
  • John Crabtree

35th TN Infantry
  • William Sides

39th TN Mounted Infantry
  • Maston Moses

61st TN Mounted Infantry
  • Lycurgus Peltier

63rd TN Infantry
  • Calvin Anderson
  • James M. Fulps
  • Thomas Lype
  • Pleasant Hilton/Helton

13th GA Battalion Light Artillery
  • David Hardigree

25th NC Infantry
  • David Moss

64th NC Infantry
  • Avery C. Allen
  • James O. Payne
  • William L. Payne
  • William G. Chandler
  • David F. Foster
  • Kennedy F. Foster
  • James Hensley
  • Logan Hensley
  • Jesse Hensley
  • William Hensley
  • Jacob Kiker
  • Martin L. Kiker
  • Andrew Masoner
  • Jesse S. Rice
  • William J. Rice
  • John Russell
  • William Seay
  • William Watts
  • Jacob Willett
  • Leander Russell

Confederate Sappers & Miners
  • John Arwood

Phillips Legion, GA
  • Martin L. Hilton/Helton

Wythe County (VA) Militia
  • William G. Wyrick

I'm making this list for other researchers who might be looking for some of these men. All but a few were East Tennesseans - I suspect that the majority of them were in the Confederacy unwillingly. I particularly need to research the 64th NC Infantry - why were so many East Tennesseans in a North Carolina regiment?

The majority of these men were recruited from the Federal Military Prison at Louisville, Kentucky. The men from the 64th NC had been captured at Cumberland Gap, several others were deserters who crossed the Union lines at Chattanooga, all in early September, 1863.

Edited 7/26/2011 to add Avery C. Allen to the 64th NC Infantry.


  1. Hi,

    David Hardigree is my great-grandfather. He and his brother Edwin(James)were members of Co A, 12th Battalion Georgia Light Artillery (Newnan Artillery). They were orphans living in their grandfather's household prior to the civil war. He was born in Mississippi but was sent to relatives in Georgia when his parents died. David was a Pvt.Co A, 12th Battalion Georgia Light Artillery (Newnan Artillery) Confederate Army. He was reported missing 16 Oct 1862 at the battle of Big Hill, KY. During the battle of Big Hill he thought he saw brother Edwin loaded in a wagon of dead and never saw him again. David was captured by the union forces. He joined the union Army at Camp Nelson, KY. He was later listed as deserter by the 12th Georgia after he joined as Pvt. Co K, 13th Regt, TN Vol. Cavalry, Union Army. Ashamed of having fought against Confederates, he never returned to his home state of Georgia and remained in Kentucky after the war.

    John Moore

    1. Thanks for the additional information. David and Solomon Stansberry were the earliest recruits for Co. K - and they are two of the few who were not recruited from the Louisville Military Prison. They enlisted on 10 August, 1863. David was 19 at the time. He later is listed as AWOL December, 1864, but he did receive a Federal Pension, so the must have returned to the regiment at some point.

      Unless you have letters or other documentation, I would be hesitant to assign a reason for his remaining in Kentucky after the war. That was a very unsettled time, and motives are always a shaky thing to assign to folks long dead. Since he received a pension, he was considered a loyal Union soldier. Thousands of men from the South fought for their country against their state. They were faced with difficult choices.

      Since he received a pension, it might be worthwhile to order his pension file from the National Archives. Sometimes there's personal information in there that you might not expect, although sometimes there's only a few pages. It's a bit of a crap shoot. Since his widow also received a pension, I'd say you have a better than even chance of finding some good information in it.

      Thanks again for the additional info.

  2. I realize this is an old post, but I'm directly related to Lycurgus Peltier. I don't have all the documents saved on my phone. My grandfather was Junior Lycurgus Peltier, not a son of the above, but rather a nephew. My family is located in Bristol VA.
    I have often wondered why my family has ties to both Confederate and Union, and it's nice to have that answer.

    1. Thanks for posting! The only other info I have on your relative is from the military records. He enlisted in Knoxville on 12/15/1863 along with an Anthony Peltier, probably his brother. They're both listed as being from Sullivan County, TN, both farmers.

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