Blankenship, Joseph Rembert   Private   Co. H   7th Tennessee Calvary
  (Submitted by: John Blankenship)


Joseph Rembert Blankenship - Born September 1838 near Ripley, TN and died in June 1910. He was a Confederate Veteran serving under Capt. Matheny in Company F, 21st Arkansas Regiment until surrender at Vicksburg in July 1862. He then became a member of the 7th Tennessee Company H at Brownsville, serving under Captain McCutchen. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He first married Susan Grammer on October 17, 1871 and they had 2 sons. Susan died on November 11, 1877. He then married Virginia Cassandra Bledsoe (Cassie) on Jan. 15, 1879. They had 6 children. J.R. Blankenship died in June of 1910 and is mostly likely buried in Oak Grove United Methodist Church cemetery (his grave is unmarked) near Humboldt in the Edison Community of Gibson County, TN.
 Foster, Kinchen Baxter   2nd Lieutenant   Co. D   10th Arkansas Infantry
  (Submitted by: Bill Foster)


Civil War Units History, Company D, 10th Arkansas Infantry CSA FOSTER, J.T. Cpt - Enl 29 Jul 1861 at Springfield, AR. Elected 8 May 1862. FOSTER, K.B. 2Lt - Enl 29 Jul 1861 at Springfield, AR. Captured 9 Jul 1863 at Port Hudson, LA and sent to MP at Johnson's Island, OH then to Fortress Monroe, VA 6 Oct 1864. The Tenth Arkansas Infantry Regiment was organized at Springfield in Conway County in July 1861. This is where many volunteers from Van Buren County (southern Van Buren County later became Cleburne) were mustered into the Confederate Army. Company "A," known as "Quitman Rifles," was headed by Captain A. R. Witt. Other officers were First Lt. W. W. Martin, Second Lt. C. M. Cargile, Third Lt. Israel Davis, and First Sergeant W. R. Corbin. The company had eight non-commissioned officers and 94 men in all. Company "G" was called "Red River Riflemen." Officers were Captain John B. Miller, First Lt. James E. Lockard, Second Lt. Henry J. Gatton, Third Lt. Edwin Ellis, and First Sergeant Daniel Johnson. This company with ten non-commissioned officers had 91 men. Other companies in the regiment were the "Randy Rifles," the "Choctaw Riflemen" from Conway County, "Pemberton's Company," "Muddy Bayou Heroes," "Perry County Mountaineers...... Conway Tigers," and "Springfield Sharpshooters." Field and staff officers for the Tenth were Colonel T. D. Merrick, Lt. Col. S. S. Ford, Major Obed Patty, and Adjutant Robert C. Bertrand.' Tenth Arkansas Infantry The Tenth Arkansas Regiment was assigned to General Bowen's Brigade, consisting of the Ninth and Tenth Arkansas, Fifth Missouri and Tenth Mississippi regiments before they were moved to Kentucky. They remained at Bowling Green until the evacuation of that place when they were placed to guard the rear on the retreat. They were then placed in Hardee's Corps and marched to Corinth. Here the Ninth Arkansas was put in Breckenridge's Reserve Corps and marched to Shiloh. In this battle they lost about 160 men. After the Battle of Shiloh the regiment, as part of Beauregard's CSA Army, withdrew back to Corinth, where they reorganized. Formal charges related to the disorganized condition of his regiment were brought against Col. Merrick. He resigned and on May 27, 1862 Captain A. R. Witt of Company "A," "The Quitman Rifles," was promoted to colonel and became commander of the regiment. Here their brigade was broken up. They were moved first back of Vicksburg, where they stayed some time on the Yazoo River, at Camp Price. Then they were moved to Vicksburg, where they stayed a short while. They were placed in a brigade commanded by General Jeff Thompson and moved to Louisiana, 30 or 40 miles above New Orleans, where they spent the winter of 1862-63 guarding the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railway. By the early spring of 1863, Beauregard's Army, with the Tenth Arkansas was sent again to Baton Rouge where they were to prepare defenses against the approaching General N. P. Banks. This they did by felling large numbers of trees to block the roadways leading to Baton Rouge, digging trenches and mounting siege guns around the city. By the first of March, 1863, the Tenth Arkansas Infantry was at Port Hudson, Louisiana above New Orleans and during March 7-27 as part of a CSA force under General Franklin Gardner, they were in operations against Federal forces at Port Hudson. After a series of engagements lasting into July, 1863, the Tenth Arkansas Infantry, was part of a Conderate force surrendered by Gen Gardner to Union General N. P. Banks, a surrender that was apparently helped along by internal dissension within the regiment. Certain officers of the Tenth Arkansas seemingly were able to influence some enlisted men to desert and refuse to alternate duties with their fellow companies. By July 7, just two days before the regiment capitulated, there was practically open mutiny. On July 9, 1863 the entire regiment surrendered and became prisoners of war. The men were paroled until exchanged, with the officers imprisoned at Johnson's Island, Ohio, in Lake Erie. The unit was eventually exchanged and returned to Arkansas. Col. A. R. Witt reorganized the unit, including some newly recruited members to form Witt's Cavalry. John F. Walter in his Capsule History of Arkansas Military Units gives additional information on the Tenth Arkansas Infantry and Witt's Arkansas Cavalry. This unit [the Tenth Arkansas Infantry] served east of the Mississippi River throughout its career. Listed below are the higher command Oct. 31, 1861, Sixth Brigade, First Division, Western Department. Nov. 30, 1861, Second Brigade, Fourth Division, Western Department. Jan. 31, 1862, Bowen's Brigade, Floyd's Division, Central Army of Kentucky. Feb. 22, 1862, Second Brigade, Third Division, Central Army of Kentucky, Western Department. April 6, 1862, Second Brigade, Reserve Corps, Army of the Mississippi. March 31, 1863, Buford's Brigade, Third Military District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. April 30, 1863, Maxey's Brigade, Third Military District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. Like almost all Civil War units, the regiment was frequently known by an alternate designation derived from the name of the unit's commanding officer. Names of this type identified as having been used by or for the Tenth Arkansas Infantry are listed below. A. R. Witt's Infantry C. M. Cargile's Infantry E. L. Vaughan's Infantry Thomas D. Merrick's Infantry S. S. Ford's Infantry Obed Patty's Infantry George A. Merrick's Infantry Zebulon Venable's Infantry Robert C. Bertrand's Infantry The regiment participated in the following engagements during its career: Battle, Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, Tenn. - April 6-7, 1862 Engagement, Baton Rouge, La. - Aug. 5, 1862 Operations against expedition from Pass Manchac and Ponchatuoula, La. - Sept. 13-15, 1862 Skirmish, Bayou Bonfonca, La. - Nov. 21, 1862 Operations against Port Hudson, La. - Mar. 7-27, 1863 Action, Plain's Store, La. May 21, 1863 Siege, Port Hudson, La. May 24-July 9, 1863 Assault, Port Hudson, La. - May 27, 1863 Assault, Port Hudson, La. - June 14, 1863 Surrender, Port Hudson, La. - July 9, 1863 At its organization the Tenth Arkansas Infantry numbered 1000 men; yet at the close of the war there were not more than 200 men surviving.
 Wall, Joseph Davis   Private   Co. K   33rd Tennessee Infantry
  (Submitted by: Bill Foster)


Enlisted at age 16. The regiment was under Colonel H. W. Campbell at Camp Brown,Union City, Tn. They were partially armed in January 1862 with shotguns and hunting rifles. Only a few weeks before their first battle (Shiloh) they were issued some flint and steel muskets on a loan. The regiment was ordered forward to General Polk’s Army of the Mississippi, 1st Division, Right Wing and fought at Shiloh April 6 and 7, 1862 under Brigadier General Clark’s Division. The 33rd Regiment was commanded by Generals Polk and Stewart. At Shiloh Commander Campbell was severely wounded. There were twenty killed, one hundred three wounded and seventeen missing from his company. Joe D. was wounded in the heel by an artillery shell. On May 8,1862 the 33rd Regiment was reorganized and added to Major General Cheatham’s Brigade on July 8,1862 where they remained until the end of the war. The Regiment was moved from Shiloh to Corinth, Ms, then on to Tupelo, Ms and Chattanooga, Tn, and on to the invasion of KY. They were involved in the battle at Perryville, Ky on Oct. 8,1862 where Joe D. was wounded and captured on Oct. 9,1862 and sent to Camp Douglas, Ill. Sent to Louisville, Ky for exchange Jan 7,1863 and forwarded to Vicksburg, Ms. Joe D. was exchanged and returned to camp May 25,1863. On September 19-20,1863 their brigade lost two hundred and fifty men in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga. He was again captured in the Battle of Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863 and sent to a prisoner of war camp at Rock Island Barracks, Ill. on December 9, 1863 after being forwarded again to Louisville, Ky December 7, 1863 where he said they almost starved to death in prison. He weighed only one hundred and two pounds when he was released. His Regiment went on to winter in Dalton, Ga and participated in the Atlanta Campaign. Later at the Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864 Bridgadier General Strahl was killed. The Regiment left to join General Johnson in Smithfield, North Carolina. They surrendered on May 6, 1865 and paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina. Joe D. walked home to Obion Co. where he farmed , married and reared fourteen children.
 Wall, William Henry   Private   Co. B   27th Tennessee Infantry
  (Submitted by: Bill Foster)


27th Tennessee Infantry Muster Roll, Co. B, August 26, 1861 Company B, later Company C, was composed of men from Troy. Organized September 10, 1861; Reorganized May, 1862; Consolidated January 1, 1863 with the 1st (Feild's TN Inf); Formed part of Company I, 1st Consolidated Tennessee Infantry April 9, 1865; Paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina May 1, 1865. 1st (Feild's) Tennessee Infantry Regiment was organized May 9, 1861 at Nashville, Tennessee; mustered into Confederate service August 1, 1861. The men came from Davidson, Williamson, Hardin, Maury, Giles, and Rutherford counties of Tennessee. The regiment was originally under the command of Colonel George Maney. After Maney was promoted to brigadier general at Shiloh, Captain Hume R. Field was elected Colonel and remained in command of the regiment for the duration of the war. After receiving training at camp Harris in Franklin county, the regiment was ordered to Virginia in July 1861 and became a part of General Samuel R. Anderson's brigade of General Loring's divison, Army of the Northwest. It took part in the Cheat Mountain Campaign in West Virginia in September of 1861, the first campaign of General Robert E. Lee. In December of the same year, the regiment came under the command of General "Stonewall" Jackson for a campaign along the Potomac River in Virginia. Afterward the regiment was ordered West and spent the rest of the war as a part of the Army of Tennessee. Companies "F" through "I" as well as "K" company, took part in the Battle of Shiloh April 6 and 7, 1862. Colonel Maney was ordered to select the forces needed and to make an assault upon the Union line. Taking the 1st Tennesse as well as the 9 and 19th regiments, Maney attacked the Federal position and caused them to retreat to the banks of the Tennessee River. His action was described as "brillant" and was one of the reasons he was promoted to general. On the second day of the battle the 1st led a counterattack on the Union force's left flank and stopped their advance. During the time Maney commanded the three regiment brigade, Captain Feild was in command of the 1st Tennessee. The regiment's next engagement was at the Battle of Perryville near the town of that name in Kentucky on October 8, 1862 where it suffered more than 50% casualties. As a part of Bragg's army the 1st retreated to Tennessee and was heavily engaged at the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stone's River) on December 31, 1862. After this battle the 1st and 27th Tennessee regiments were consolidated due to the number of casualties they both had suffered, and placed under command of Colonel Feild. On September 18 to 20, 1863, the regiment took part in the Battle of Chickamauga near Chatanooga, Tennesee where they behaved valiantly. After participating in a demonstration of strength in East Tennessee, the regiment returned in time to take part in the Battle of Missionary Ridge (Chattanooga), covering the army's withdrawal to Georgia. The regiment's next engagement was as the defenders of the "Dead Angle" (a fortified position) in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain June 27th of 1864. At this battle the regiment inflicted heavy casualties upon the Union forces attacking them. After command of the Army of Tennessee was given General John Bell Hood, the regiment returned to Tennessee to take part in the Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville in November and December of 1864. After this defeat the regiment went on a long and grueling march to Bentonville, North Carolina where it was again engaged. The regiment was surrendered by General Joseph E. Johnston at Durham, North Carolina on May 1, 1865. Only 125 men and officers were left at the final surrender. Among the survivors was Private James L. Sellers, ancestor of the author's wife, and Corporal Sam R. Watkins author of Company Aytch, the definitive description of the Civil War from a soldier's point of view. After organization at Camp Trenton the regiment moved to Columbus in November and then to Bowling Green, KY. Half the men were lost at the battle of Shiloh. Rest were assigned to Maney's Brigade and participated in battles at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, "Dead Angle," Franklin and Nashville. OFFICERS:Captains: A. W. Caldwell, Stephen S. Sanford, M. H. Campbell, T. H. C. Perry First Lieutenants: T. N. Wright (J. R. ), James Harper Second Lieutenants: O. B. Lewis, Oliver Farris, Cahal Peery Third Lieutenants: John Stanill (Starrett), Israel Moffatt First Sergeants: O. W. Davidson, Thomas Sowell Second Sergeant: Stephen Sanford Third Sergeant: H. C. Coats Fourth Sergeant: C. H. Pery First Corporal: J. H. Makes Second Corporal: J. H. Morgan Third Corporal: John Cooper PRIVATES: W. A. Alexander, J. A. Barham, T. H. Barham, M. Barnett, Nash Barnett, Wm. Beard, John Betis, Will Bettis, F. Boon, Will Boon, Yance Brannon, R. C. Brinson, Monroe Buchanan, J. M. Buchannan, John Burnett, J. Burnsin, J. (G)W. Calhoun, M. H. Campbell, T. J. Campbell, Shelby Carmack, Dick Cashon, George Cashon, J. Cashon, W. A. Childs, David Clark, John Cooper, Henry Darnell, James Darnell, Obediah Davidson, W. Davis, John Denny, J. Dickey, Charles Dudley, H. Farrell, Oliver Farris, A. T. Faulk, P. Flake, G. H. Ford, L. A. Ford, Peter Fouks, Dan Fouse, Harris Fox, J. C. Fox, Peter Frield, J. A. Garham, W. T. Garner, John Haley, D. B. Haney, D. B. Haney, Jim Harper, Jack Harris, James Hart, Jimmie Hart, J. C. Hawes, J. C. Hawes, J. M. Hayes, Peter Hayes, Ruben Hayes, Jim Hewey, A. S. Hill, Sid Hill, J. M. Hood, J. Hopper, Dock Huey, K. P. Huey, Guy Huffstutter, Perry Huffstutter, Sid Ingram, Ky Inman, T. Inman, T. W. Inman, A. Jackson, Rome Jackson, Samuel James, Stephen James, Will Jamison, Steve Jennie, Robert Kirby, George Lee, Culp Marbray, T. Marshall, Spence Mathis, John McAlister, Morris Miller, R. Miller, R. W. Miller, S. D. Miller, Israel Moffatt, Fayette Morgan, John Morgan, Will Morris, A Moultrie, Bob Moultrie, Coleman Moultrie, R. Moultrie, Tom Mullins, S. P. Pankey, U. R. Pankey, Cahill Peery, F. Pickard, George Pickard, T. H. Pruitt, Will Prutt, R. Rine, S. Rine, J. H. Rittenbery, J. Sandling, Steve Sanford, J. Shepard, T. C. Simons, C. F. Sinclair, T. C. Sowell, John Sterrett, J. T. Farris, Dick Tucker, John Tucker, William Valiant, William Wall, J. R. Ware, J. S. Watson, Jack Weeks, Will Weeks, Rice Williams, John Wilson, Dick Wright, George Wright, J. M. Wright, R. M. Wright, W. F. Wright. Those who returned: Barrum, John; Barrum, Tom; Bettis, Will ; Bettis, John; Boon, Will; Boon, F. M; Brannon, Yance; Buchanan, Monroe; Burnett, John; Calhoun, John; Campbell, Jess; Campbell, Helms; Carmack, Shelby; Cashon, Dick; Cashon, George; Chiles, Henry; Darnell, Henry; Davidson, Obadiah; Dickey, John; Farris, Oliver; Ford, L. A; . Foulks, Peter; Fouse, Dan; Fox, Harris; Frield, Peter; Haley, John; Harper, Jim; Harris, Jack; Hart, Jimmie; Hayley, John; Hood, John; Hopper, Dan; Huey, Jim; Inman, Tom; Inman, Ki; Lee, George; Marshall, Tom; McAlister, John; Miller, Sam; Miller, Dick; Moffatt, Israel; Morgan, John; Morgan, Fayette; Morris, Will; Moultie, Bob; Mullins, Tom; Mullins, Tom; Pankey, Will; Peery, Cahill; Pruitt, Tom; Rines, Rufus; Rines, Sam; Sandling, John; Sinclair, Dud; Sowell, Tom; Starrett, John; Tucker, John; Tucker, Dick; Valiant, Will; Watson, John; Wilson, Buck; Wright, J. M. ; Wright, George; Wright, Wilford Those who failed to return: Alexander, W. A; Barnett, Noah; Board, Bunk; Chiles, Will; Cooper, John; Darnell, Jim; Davis, Will; Denny, John; Dudley, Charlie; Fox, John; Garner, Will; Hayes, John; Hayes, Peter; Hill, Sid; Huey, Dock; Huffstutter, Perry; Ingram, Sid; Jackson, Rome; Jamison, Will; Jenny, Sam; Jenny, Steve; Kirby, Bob; Marbary, Culp; Mathis, Spencer; Miller, Morris; Miller, Bob; Moultrie, Coleman; Pankey, Joe; Pankey, Bob; Pickard, George; Pruitt, Will; Rittenbery, John; Sanford, Steve; Shephard, Tinie; Simmons, Lum; Walls, Will; Ware, Jim; Weeks, Jack; Weeks, Will; Williams, Rice; Wilson, John; Wright, Dick