11TH TENNESSEE CAVALRY REGIMENT, U.S.A.

Also called 1st East Tennessee Cavalry Battalion:
11th East Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
Companies "A", "B", "C", and "D" mustered in at Camp Nelson, Kentucky,
August 15, 1863;
merged into 9th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment March 24, 1865.

Most of the men enrolled at Lebanon, Kentucky May 15, 1863.

On October 24, 1863, Colonel DeCourcy, at Crab Orchard, Kentucky, reported: "The 9th and 11th Tennessee Cavalry joined today." He described them as raw, undisciplined troops. From this time on the organization was reported as the 11th Tennessee Cavalry.

A good regimental history can be found here.

I'd like to turn this page into a photo gallery to honor those who served in the Unit that were from Fentress County, Tennessee - and surrounding counties. I'd like to keep this Unit together. If you have a photo, and a story to share, please email me.


11th Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry
From Fentress County Tennessee & the surrounding area:
Soldier
Notes
James W. Allen

Private, Co. B., Morgan Co., TN. born in NC 1824, married Mary L.(Polly) Hicks.
Captured and marched to Andersonville Prison, died 5/4/1864.

James Bertram A 11 TN Cav 1865 Little Crab Rheumatism Fentress
George Boles Private, unknown Co., from West Fork. Fentress
James Brown Pri K 9 TN Cav 05 Jul 1865 Allardt Ruptured Abdomen Fentress
William Bruce

Private, Co. C.

Williams, Mary (Bruce) Pri D 11 TN Cav 1864 Little Crab Fentress

Nicholas Carney

Nicholas Carney Headstone

*Private, Co. H. Cav., from Jamestown, enlisted on 28 Sep 1863 at London, TN for 3 years. Age 56 years old. Served from Oct - Dec 1863. He died of measles at Military Hospital No. 1, Knoxville, TN. Buried in Knoxville National Cemetery, plot #220.

Carney, Emeline (Carney, Nick) Pri Allardt Fentress

William J. Isam Carney

headstone

*Private, Co. H. Cav., from Jamestown, Fentress Co. enrolled in the Union Army at London, TN for three years, honorably discharged at Knoxville, TN on 12 Sep 1865. He became disabled due to measles in December 1863, was sent to Asylum Hospital in Knoxville where he spent three months. He was sent back to his regt at Cumberland Gap, TN late March 1864 and performed duty until about the last of May 1864, and he was again taken sick from the affects of Measles. On furlough from Aug 1864 until July 1865. Died 13 Oct 1876, age 28, of Consumption from complications of the measles.

Joseph Chatman Lieut., Co. A., from Wolf River, Fentress Co.
Wilburn Crabtree Private, Co. A., Wolf River, Fentress Co. Buried at Mill Springs, KY. Died of disease. Mother was Julia Hatfield Crabtree.
Reuban A. Davis Lieut. Col., Co. A. Fentress Co.
Hedley Franklin

Private, Co. A., Boatland, Fentress Co.
11 TN Cav 25 Jun 1865 Rheumatism, Measles, Jaundice

John W. Gaudin

Quartermaster, unknown Co., from Jamestown, Fentress Co. Enrolled 1 Nov 1863, Discharged 4 Apr 1865. Died 24 Feb 1891.
Pension Application: Invalid 841076 - 23 Jul 1890.
Widow's pension 511369 - 1 May 1891.

Benjamin F. Greer Pri K 9 TN Cav 16 Sep 1865 Jamestown Fentress
Rev. Samuel Greer Chaplain, from Forbus, Fentress Co.
John W. Hicks

Private, Co. B., Beatytown. Pri B 11 TN Cav Boiling FentressJohn Hicks Photo

Our old friend JOHN W. HICKS departed this  life November 26, 1908 at 81
years, 7 months and 27 days of  age.  He was in the Union Army.  The writer
has known him for 25  years.  He leaves a wife and five  children, all grown,
to mourn his loss, his wife is 86. He was laid to rest on his farm near his two  little grandsons who died several years ago, funeral services were held by C. P.  Ramsey on the 28th.  The Gazette; 12-3-1908.

Photo appears courtesy of Susan Gouge Daughtery. Morgan Co. TN Photo Album.

Simeon Hinds Private, Co. D., Spurrier, Fentress Co.
Wiley Huddleston Captain, Fentress Co.
John H. Johnson Major, Fentress Co.
Louis B. McKinney

Louis B. McKinney tombstone

Pvt. of Co. I 11th Tennessee Cavalry. From Roane Co, TN. Married to Mary Matilda Fields. Left Roane County about 1871 along with 50 wagons of people from that area and went to Western Arkansas where he got a land grant.  He lived there in Sebastian County, Arkansas until he died in 1930.Buried at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, Greenwood, Arkansas.

Photo courtesy of Sherrell Stallings Buchanan.

Jacob Owens Private, Co. L. Fentress Co.
Jesse Owens

Private, Co. G. Fentress Co.

Lewis Owens Private, Co. K. Fentress Co.
John Morton Pierce Sgt., Co. D., fm Co. C., 7th Cav. Fentress Co.
James Reagan Private, Co. A, from Little Crab, Fentress Co.
Jessie Reagan Pri G 9 TN Cav 11 Sep 1865 Little Crab Fentress
William H. Reagan 1st Sgt., Co A, Byrdstown, Fentress Co.
David Leander Sells

Born 12 Oct 1835, Fentress Co. - died 14 May 1908, Overton, Co.David Leander Sells Corpl. Co. D, 9th TN Cav.

Corpl., Co. D, 9th TN Cav. Served between 30 Jun 1863 and 11 Sep 1865.

 

Photo appears courtesy of John Carroll.

 

Click here for information on his brother who also served.

William Riley Shannon

William Shannon Photo

Born 1842 - died 1907, age 65.

Co. C 7th TN Inf, Co. E 11th TN Cav, Co. H 9th TN Cav, from Morgan County, TN.

Flagbearer - "Twice had the horse shot out from underneath him, but never dropped the United States flag."

To read more of his story, click here.

Buried in the McCartt Cemetery, Gobey, Morgan County, TN. Click here to see news coverage of his funeral.

Photo appears courtesy of Melinda Shannon Freels.

William Storie 2nd Lieut., from Little Crab, Fentress Co.
John C. Wright Major, from Wolf River, Fentress Co.
John C. Wright Pri D 11 TN Cav 11 Sep 1865 Pall Mall Fentress

References

Tennesseans in the Civil War Project

National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

*Notes from Civil War Pension Files

Special thanks to Willie R. Beaty, President: Fentress County Historical Society, for providing most of the Fentress County names on this list.

 

When the conflict was over, men from both sides made their way home.  It was a violent and turbulent time in Fentress County and its surrounding area.  Click here to read the astonishing story of how Confederate Private Ethelbert Crozier lost his life to those serving in the 9th and 11th Tennessee Calvary, after he was pardoned.

The following accounts are taken from the official document titled

U.S. Army Military History Institute

Official Army Register

of the

Volunteer Force of the United States Army

Part IV

ORDER OF CONGRATULATION.

Headquarters 9th Tennessee Cavalry
Bull's Gap, Tenn., Sept. 8 1964

General Orders, No. 16.

I. The Lieutenant Colonel commanding congratulates the officers and enlisted men of the 9th Tennessee Cavalry on the recent successes which have crowned their arms.
Much was expected of men fighting for their homes and firesides in the holy cause of free government, but the officers and men of the 9th Tennessee Cavalry have surpassed the expectations of their commanding officer.
They have exhibited a spirit of gallantry and devotion worthy of the descendants of the men who fought at King's mountain, and wherever the divine right of self-government has been denied.
He takes pride in commending them for the promptness and energy with which they have obeyed the orders of their superior officers.
II. Private Martin L. Kersey, Co. M, 9th Tennessee Cavalry, is hereby appointed Sergeant of the same company as a reward for his gallantry in the engagements of Blue Springs and Greenville, while suffering from a painful flesh wound, received early in the action at Blue Springs.

By order of Lt.-Col. John B. Brownlow,
Commanding 9th Tennessee Cavalry
Albert S. Bayless, First Lieut. And Adj.

An account of the fight between Gen. Gillem's Brigade and the Rebel Gen. John Morgan's command, in which the 9th Cavalry participated honorably, will be found in the Memoranda of the Thirteenth Cavalry.

MEMORANDA.

The Thirteenth Regiment Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers was organized by Col. John K. Miller, of Carter County, at Strawberry Plains, Tenn., September, 1863; was not fully equipped, however, until it reached Camp Nelson, Ky., in the month of December. It was mounted at this point, and marched through Kentucky to Nashville, Tenn., doing some service on the road in the way of killing and capturing guerrillas. The regiment remained at Nashville during the Spring of 1864: was ordered on post duty at Gallatin, Tenn., during the Summer, until August 4, 64, when it was attached to the brigade known as the Brigade of Governor Guards, commanded by General Gillem. This regiment formed a part of the force operating in East Tennessee against the rebel cavalry under Gens. Morgan, Vaughn and Breckinridge; acted a conspicuous part in the killing of Morgan and the route and capture of his force at Greenville, Tenn. On the 4th of September, 1864, Morgan was killed by a private soldier belonging to Co. G, Thirteenth Tenn. Vol. Cav., who was afterwards promoted for gallantry by Gen. Gillem.

The following account of the fight at Greenville was written at the time by a Tennessee officer who was in the various engagements: Bull's Gap, September 7, 1864.

On the evening of the 3d inst.,at 6 o'clock P.M., a courier reported to Col. Miller that the enemy were advancing, and were in camp two miles this side of Greenville, and that scouts were being sent down as far as Blue Springs. Col. Miller immediately went to Gen. Gillem, and after a short consultation the command was ordered to be in readiness to move at once. Accordingly at 11 o'clock the 13th Tennessee Cavalry moved out, and was ordered to proceed to Greenville by the way of the Arnett road, passing around on the left flank of the enemy, and get in their rear by 6 o'clock, A.M. and at 12 1/2 o'clock the balance of the command moved out, notwithstanding it was the darkest night I ever saw, and the rain poured down in torrents, and the vivid lightning flashed along the sky, and the distant roll of the thunder only made the night more gloomy; yet our gallant leaders pushed ahead with untiring energy, and our troops with cheerful hearts, proudly followed on. At 6 o'clock, A.M., the pickets of the enemy were attacked, and the outposts found asleep. They were steadily driven back my Maj. Newel's command-the 10th Michigan Cavalry-who had the advance for about three miles, when the firing from Col+. Ingerton, who had got in their rear, was heard, when the 9th Tennessee Cavalry was ordered to push the enemy as fast as possible, when they dashed ahead with drawn sabres and a yell which scattered the enemy in all directions. They succeeded in getting around Col. Ingerton's right flank, but not without the loss of several killed, and some forth taken prisoners by the gallant 13th,. In the meantime Col, Ingerton had sent two companies, (I and G,) of his regiment, to town, who surprised General Morgan and Staff, who were at Mrs. Williams'. Morgan ran out and tried to escape before he had time to dress himself, but the gallant and energetic Capt. Wilcox surrounded the garden, and before he could escape, Andy Campbell, a private in Company G, shot him, the ball passing through his heart. The two companies captured his entire Staff, and taking the remains of Morgan on a horse returned to the command, without the loss of a man; although about 1,000 of the enemy were in their rear, after which the whole column passed into town, led by the gallant and chivalrous Brigade commander, Col. Miller, when he found the enemy's artillery planted upon College Hill. He ordered Col. Brownlow to take his regiment around the left flank of the hill, where their battery was placed; he also ordered Col. Ingerton around on the right flank, which orders were promptly carried out, which move caused the enemy to break, being nearly surrounded, leaving two caisson wagons complete, and one army wagon. So closely were they pressed by Col. Miller that they abandoned two pieces of artillery, their baggage wagons, &c. He drove them about four miles, and abandoned the chase, his horses being so much fatigued that it was folly to pursue them further.

We captured in all, some seventy prisoners, killing and wounding from fifty to a hundred, without the loss of a man killed, and but six wounded, two supposed to be mortally.

The officers and soldiers have conducted themselves well in the four engagements that we have had with Morgan's command since our arrival in this portion of the country, in all of which we have been successful, capturing and killing a considerable number of the enemy. I feel proud of the officers and soldiers, who have behaved themselves not only as gentlemen, but as soldiers. Lieut. Col. John B. Brownlow, commanding the 9th Tennessee Cavalry, is a high-minded and accomplished gentleman and a good officer. He has a good regiment--men that have behaved well in action as well as in camp; in fact, in every place they have been tried. Lieut. Col. W.H. Ingerton, commanding the 13th Tennessee Cavalry, is one of the finest cavalry officers in the United States service, and now commands one of the best cavalry regiments in the service. The battery is a splendid one, commanded by Lieut. Patterson, one of the best artillery officers of the age-prompt, quick, energetic and accomplished. All the officers and soldiers of this battery are true and good men.

The regiment was also in a fight at Morristown on the 28th of October, 1864, which resulted in the route of Gen. Vaughn and capture of McClung's battery. On the 13th of November, 1861, at Bull's Gap, Gen. Gillem's brigade met and repelled the furious attacks of the rebels under General Breckinridge, when at last compelled to yield their stronghold for want of supplies. Amidst the general confusion this regiment, led by Col. Miller, acquitted itself well, and arrived at Strawberry Plains with very slight loss of men or arms. This regiment formed a part of the command, under Generals Stoneman and Gillem, which did such signal work in Southwestern Virginia, in December, 1864. This regiment then commanded by Col. Stacey, made a gallant charge, and captured Fort Breckinridge, at King's Salt Works, Va. It also formed a part of the command which, under General Stoneman raided through North and South Carolinas and Georgia in the Spring of 1865; acted its part well in an engagement at Salisbury, N.C. The regiment returned to Knoxville June, 1865; moved from there to Lenoir's Station; then to Sweetwater; then back to Knoxville, where they were mustered out of service September 5, 1865.


ORDER OF CONGRATULATION
Headquarters 13th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry
Bull's Gap, Tenn., Sept. 7, 1864


Orders No. 95.


I.   The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding the 13th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry takes a pride in saying that the officers and enlisted men under his command have surpassed his most sanguine expectations, and exhibited a spirit of gallantry and determination that would do honor to veteran soldiers. He takes pleasure in commending them for the promptness and energy with which they have discharged their duty in the presence of the enemy, and congratulates them upon the success which has attended them in expelling from their homes the presumptuous foe, who had attempted to teach East Tennessee disloyalty to their government.
II.   Private Andrew Campbell, of Company G, 13th Tennessee Cavalry, is hereby appointed 1st Sergeant of Company E, of this regiment, a reward for his gallantry at the engagement at Greenville, Tenn., on the 4th inst., and for his success in arresting, by an accurate shot, the flight of Gen. John H. Morgan, one of our country's most prominent enemies. By Command of


Lt. Col. Wm. H. Ingerton, Comd'g 13th Tenn. Cavalry
Sam'l W. Scott, 1st Lieut and Act'g Adj't.

 

 

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