DeKalb County Tennessee
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Company A Capt. L. N. Savage

Company A Capt. L. N. Savage, was raised around Smithville in May, 1861, and mustered into the Sixteenth Tennessee Regiment June 9. Captain Savage was born in Warren County April 25, 1837, removed to Smithville in 1859, and was mortally wounded at Murfreesboro, dying March 15, 1863. The company was in the Cheat Mountain and Little Sewell Mountain campaigns and at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw, Jonesboro, Franklin, and Nashville. It surrendered in North Carolina.


L. N. Savage, captain
I. C. Stone, first lieutenant
John K. Bain, second lieutenant
R. B. Anderson, third lieutenant
G. W. Witt, first sergeant
G. L. Talley, second sergeant
R. M. Magness, third sergeant
T. B. Potter, fourth sergeant
J. W. Harris, first corporal
L. G. Bing, second corporal
M. L. Cantrell, third corporal
S. M. Philips, fourth corporal


T. B. Potter, sergeant major, 1861
R. B. Anderson, first lieutenant, 1862
G. W. Witt, second lieutenant, 1862
G. L. Talley, third lieutenant, 1863
W. C. Potter, first lieutenant, 1863
J. C. Webb, second lieutenant, 1863
L. R. Witt, third lieutenant, 1863


E. K. Adcock
Isaac Adcock
William Adcock
Benjamin Atnip
E. L. Atnip
John Atnip
R. W. Banks
Larkin Bayne
James Bing
W. H. Bing
P. Bozarth
J. H. Bozarth
James Bozarth
J. A. Briggs
A. M. Cantrell
B. M. Cantrell
D. W. Cantrell
G. P. Cantrell
I. D. Cantrell
Isaac Cantrell
J. H. Cantrell
J. R. Cantrell
James Cantrell
Jehu Cantrell
John Cantrell
L. D. Cantrell
Leonard Cantrell
M. L. Cantrell
Martin Cantrell
P. G. Cantrell
Peter Cantrell
U. E. Cantrell
W. C. Cantrell
W. H. Cantrell
Wat Cantrell
Thomas Cherry
J. W. Colwell
Isaac Conger
W. H. Cunningham
C. B. Davis
Martin Delong
D. C. Dollar
Thomas Dozier
Isaiah Driver
June Driver
W. L. Driver
M. Duwese
H. C. Eastham
Wat Eastham
J. B. Fisher
Cal Fowler
S. M. Fulton
W. A. Hallum
Len Hathaway
Samuel Hathaway
William Herron
B. M. Hicks
Dallas Hicks
Dick Hooper
James Hooper
T. A. Hooper
T. M. Hooper
E. S. James
John James
J. W. Johnson
Rich Jones
Ben Judkins
W. L. Judkins
F. E. P. Kennedy
A. J. Kersey
Calvin Kersey
Felix Kersey
Pomp Kersey
James Koger
E. League
John Lefever
E. Lockhart
Elisha McGinnis
R. W. McGinnis
John Martin
Jasper Martin
R. Martin
Thomas Martin
W. B. Martin
W. P. Martin
John Mason
G. P. Maynard
Rube Meeks
Bud Miller
J. A. Moore
L. D. Moore
John Moore
W. C. Moore
J. M. Pertle
J. D. Philips
S. M. Philips
Dave Pittman
O. D. Potter
Thomas Potter
W. C. Potter
Charles Pullin
Robert Pullin
Jesse Redman
James Rigsby
Rich Richardson
T. J. Richardson
W. Richardson
Ben Rowland
Robert Rowland
Henry Seawells
A. Simpson
A. J. Smith
Burdine Smith
Noah Smith
J. M. Stevens
John Stevens
W. G. Stevens
W. B. Sweeney
H. C. Tate
Garrison Taylor
J. R. Thompson
Fielding Turner
Ross Unchurch
John Van Hosser
W. Walls
John E. Warren
I. C. Webb
P. G. Webb
B. C. Wilkinson
J. B. Wilkinson
W. M. Wilmoth
L. R. Witt
John Womack
W. M. Womack
D. B. Worley
Lieut. R. B. Anderson
J. H. Cantrell
James Cantrell
W. H. Cantrell
W. L. Cantrell
Thomas Dozier
James Driver
Wat Eastham
S. M. Fulton
W. A. Hallum
T. A. Hooper
F. E. B. Kennedy
A. J. Kersey
Felix Kersey
E. League
E. Lockhart
W. C. Moore
William Richardson
R. Rowland
Capt. L. N. Savage
Lieut. W. G. Witt
B. Atnip, Georgia
Robert Martin, Franklin
A. Simpson, Atlanta
H. C. Tate, Lost Mountain
John E. Warren, Murfreesboro;
P. G. Webb, Perryville
E. L. Atnip
R. M. Banks
S. G. Bing
B. M. Cantrell
D. W. Cantrell
Peter Cantrell
G. W. Colwell
T. M. Hooper
Rich Jones
J. Lefever
R. M. Magness
S. M. Philips
Capt. G. L. Talley
J. R. Thompson
G. Taylor
F. Turner
B. C. Wilkinson
Isaac Adcock, Resaca
J. W. Johnson, Franklin
W. L. Judkins, Atlanta
John Mason, Perryville
W. C. Potter, Chickamauga
J. C Webb, Murfreesboro
James Bing
William Adcock
William Herron
Richard Hooper
O. D. Potter
Thomas Potter
L. R. Witt
W. H. Bing, in prison
James Hooper, South Carolina 1864
Elisha McGinnis, unknown
J. A. Moore, home, 1863
William Walls, Camp Trousdale, 1861
John Womack (missing), Georgia, 1864
William Womack, Hattersville, 1861

Capt. Robert Cantrell's Company (C)
Twenty-third Regiment, Tennessee Confederates

Capt. Robert Cantrell's Company (C) recruited around Smithville, became a part of the Twenty-Third Regiment of Tennessee Confederate Infantry. Its commander was later elected lieutenant colonel. G. W. Hicks was elected colonel and later Erastus D. Foster. Other promotions were of Lieut. W. D. Rhinehardt, Lawson W. Lee, and A. P. Cantrell. The company saw service in Virginia and at Shiloh. After fighting at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge, and going through the Georgia campaign, it was at Franklin and Nashville and surrendered in North Carolina. Capt. John C. New, of Cannon County, writes: "After the Twenty-Third had served about twelve months, it was reorganized. At this time Captain Cantrell was elected lieutenant colonel, but soon resigned. Ras Foster was elected captain of the company, and after serving some time he left and carried many of his men with him. The company was consolidated with mine. Zeb Lee was a member of the company and lost a leg at Chickamauga. His brother, Lieut. Lawson Lee, was killed." Colonel Cantrell was for several years a distinguished circuit judge of Tennessee, residing at Lebanon. He was born November 9, 1823, and died February 9, 1903.

Captain Robert Cantrell
Captain, Robert Cantrell
First lieutenant, Joseph Y. Stewart
Second lieutenant, L. J. Magness
Third lieutenant, C. A. Cantrell
First sergeant, William Hi Smith
Second sergeant, A. P. Cantrell
Third sergeant, L. W. Lee
Fourth sergeant, A. J. Potter
Corporal, E. D. Foster
Corporal, P. G, Cantrell
Corporal, Isaac Cantrell
Drummer A. G. Beckwith
Fifer Calvin Hendrixson
Brien Hughes
David Adcock
Wilson Adcock
Lucian Allen
R. H. Atnip
W. G. Baker
Asbury Barnes
H. C. Barnes
S. Bradford
J. C. Brock
W. M. Bryant
W. M. Bryant
D. G. Byars
John Brimer
Ben Bullard
Abe Cantrell
B. H. Cantrell
B. H. Cantrell
Eliah Cantrell
H. P. Cantrell
I. Cantrell, Jr.
James Cantrell
Julius Cantrell
L. L. Cantrell
Sam Cantrell
Smith Cantrell
W. C Cantrell
Pleas Caldwell
J. A. Capshaw
J. L. Crips
J. B. Cotton,
M. Coldwell
W. Coldwell
W. W. Coldwell
William Carter
David Davis
M. D. Davis
L. D. Day
John Delong
J. H. Dodd
A. H. Farmer
J. B. Ferrell
Henry Frazier
J. H. Ford
S. M. Foster
Jasper Fowler
Newton Fowler
J. L. Fuson
J. R. Fuson
J. D. Givan
Thomas Givan
J. W. Green
John Greer
M. Greer
Tilman Haney
William Haney
Cal Hendrixon, Jr.
Jere Hendrixon
J. C. Hodges
Isaac Hurst
J. P. Jacobs
W. A. Johnson
James M. Judkins
J. W. Lamberson
C. Lane
Elias Lane, Jr.
G. Lane
P. J. Lee
Z. P. Lee
S. M. Liles
A. F. McDowell
J. H. Mahaffey
J. Martin
T. A. Mason
R. W. Melton
Sam Mitchell
J. P. Moor
James Moor
Obe Moss
Arch Pack
Hezekiah Page
Oliver Parkinson
Tarleton Parrish,
W. R. Parrish
William Parsons
G. W. Pirtle
J. L. Pirtle
J. M. Redmond
J. M. Reeves
J. S. Ridge
James Ridge
W. D. Rhinehardt
Russel Rigsby
W. J. Rigsby
James Robinson
Bradford Sherrell
C. C. Smith
P. G. Smith
A. A. Stanford
J. S. Starnes
W. H. Starnes
Wesley Steelmon
J. P. Stoner
G. W. Taylor
L. R. Taylor
F. J. Titsworth
J. M. Vaughn
J. N. Vaughn
G. W. Warren
A. G. Allen, Fort Munford
W. A. Carter, June 29, 1864
W. G. Warren, Chickamauga
W. L. Lawson, Bean's Station
Lawson Lee
Julius Cantrell, October 18, 1861
A. H. Farmer, November 24, 1861
R. W. Melton, Chattanooga, January 24, 1863
H. Page, June 1, 1862
James Ridge, July 26, 1863
F. J. Titsworth

Capt. Perry Adcock's Company

Capt. Perry Adcock's company was also raised in the Smithville section. It was difficult to trace this company, but the Adjutant General of the War Department explained that Captain Adcock's company was designated as C in Colms's First Battalion of Tennessee Infantry and afterwards as Company K, Fiftieth Tennessee Confederate Infantry. The company surrendered in North Carolina in April, 1865, after having served in numerous engagements in various States, from Fort Donelson to the close of the war. Captain Adcock had served also in the war with Mexico. He was born March 4, 1829, and died January 11, 1908.

Captain, Perry Adcock
First lieutenant, J. P. Titsworth
Second lieutenant, C. Turner
Third lieutenant, W. N. Jones
Adjutant, C. B. Cantrell
First sergeant, A. P. Adcock
Second sergeant, David Delong
Third sergeant, Henry Bain
Fourth sergeant, Isaiah Bain
Fifth sergeant, W. R. Dunham
Corporal, Thomas Adcock
Corporal, Henry Adcock
Corporal, J. D. Thweat
Corporal, James M. Webb
J. C. Adcock
John Adcock,
Joseph Adcock
N. Adcock
P. J. L. Adcock
Wesley Adcock
William Adcock
H. Aikens
William Allen
Rich Atnip
D. C. Bain
Isaac Bain
John K. Bain
John Blunt
Wesley Blunt
William Blunt
T. Cantrell
Joseph Capshaw
John Capshaw
William Capshaw
J. U. Certain
Jason Certain
Richard Certain
William Certain
A. B. Cheatham
John Corley
John Davis
Noah Deboard
B. C. Delong
J. K. Delong
James Delong
Watson Delong
Giles Driver, Jr.
W. R. Dunham
Claiborn Edwards
Charles Ferrell
John Fisher
Joseph Fisher
William Fisher
David Francis
Daniel Fowler
John Fuller
A. Goodson
O. D. Goodson
J. W. Green
L. Hutchins
Webb Hutchins
Andrew Jackson
J. P. Jones
W. B. Jones
Grundy Kirby
H. G. Kirby
C. Lack
William Lane
Alfred Lewis
Jasper Lewis
I P. Lewis
J. P. Lewis
T. J. Lewis
Thomas Lewis
David Looney
William Love
John McAfee
John McFall
Vincent Manor
B. W, Marsh
Abijah Martin
G. A. Neal
Bart Pack
N. B. Parker
Ben Pinegar
John Pinegar
Henry Pitts
Isaac Pleasant
Ben Pollard
G. W. Pollard
W. Z. Pollard
R. Presnel
Elijah Quillen
J. G. Rankhorn
James Ray
Canada Rigsby
James Rigsby, Jr.
L. P. Rigsby
J. B. Rigsby
Sam Roberts
Ben Roland
E. C. Roland
Joshua Seal
S. Slaten
Ainsley Stephens
George Stidman
J. M. Stephens
O. Sullivan
William Sullivan
Wilson Taylor
G. W. Turner
William Turner
Alex Walker
J. A. Walker
J. M. Webb
James Webb
Jackson West
F. M. Wilkinson
Thomas Young
James Webb, Memphis, Tennessee, October 6, 1862;
S. D. Lane, Tappan, Mississippi, November 16, 1862;
W. Z. Pollard, Clinton, Louisiana
John Castel, Brookhaven, Mississippi
G. W. Turner, Lauderdale Springs, Mississippi
Isaiah Bain, Alton, Illinois Prison

Allison's Battalion of Cavalry

Allison's Battalion of Cavalry, raised by Col. R. D. Allison, John S. Reece, and Robert V. Wright at Alexandria, consisted of three companies and was, besides taking part in a number of the most important battles of the war, very active in DeKalb County during Morgan's occupation and afterwards. It was with Wheeler on his last raid through East Tennessee in the summer of 1864; but it seems from Du Bose's "Life of Wheeler" that it was, with other companies, sent under Gen "Cerro Gordo" Williams to attack a Federal garrison at Strawberry Plains. Finding the garrison too strong, it marched to overtake Wheeler, but did not succeed. It followed close on his heels through Sparta, Liberty, and Alexandria, and went into camp near Murfreesboro, soon, however, taking the Woodbury Pike and returning south across the mountains, engaging in considerable fighting on the way.

After the war Colonel Allison removed to Texas, where he thrice represented his county in the State legislature, and died at an advanced age. Captain Reece removed to Nashville, becoming prominently identified with the city's interests, though his sight was greatly impaired before the close of the war. As Colonel Allison was old and Captain Reece with impaired sight. Captain Wright commanded the DeKalb Countians, who had been consolidated with Shaw's Battalion after Missionary Ridge, in the later months. Captain Reece was born in Virginia in 1814, and died in February, 1868, only fifty-four, but a veteran of the war with the Seminoles, the Mexican War, and the War between the States. Captain Wright also located in Nashville, where he won splendid business success. He was living in 1914, somewhat more than eighty years of age.

This from Lieut. B. L. Ridley's published diary gives in a small way an idea of the horrors of war. It is dated Smithville, N. C, March 27, 1865: "This afternoon went with General Stewart to the depot, where we found Colonel Allison, a Tennessee cavalryman, on his way westward with the body of his son, who was killed a day or two ago near Goldsboro trying to rescue some ladies from the clutches of the enemy."

By the way, still as illustrative, General Forrest and his escort were on a road three miles from Selma, Alabama, one night after the retreat from Nashville. Suddenly the cries of women in distress reached them. "Guided by the sounds," to quote the diary of Ben Hancock, of the Second Regiment of Cavalry, "Forrest and some of his men dashed thither, to find a neighboring house in the possession of four Federal bummers who, having rifled it, were engaged in the effort to outrage the women who lived there. Summary was the fate of these wretches. The escort was now getting excited, and, meeting a number of these fellows loaded, down with plunder, they did not hesitate to slay them on the spot. Hearing the sounds of what was happening ahead, Forrest, to check it, took the conduct of the advance upon himself." It is not believed that any DeKalb soldiers on either side were ever charged with assaulting women.

DeKalb County | Tennessee

Source: History of DeKalb County, Tennessee. By Will T. Hale, Nashville, Tennessee, Paul Hunter, Publisher, 1915.


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