17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

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Soldier's Notes


Private Newton J. Kimbro lived in Normandy, Tennessee. When his company passed the homeplace on the way to Chattanooga, his daughter, Mary Lucy Kimbro, ran afrer him and refused to go back to the house. He gave her a half-dime to go back. Private Kimbro was killed at Hatcher's Run. His widow received her pension about 1905, although there was no record of his death. Cpl. C.M. Cheshire (his brother-in-law) and Private L.D. Nutt testified that they were with him when he died.

1st Lieutenant John Kenner Ensey, Company B, was captured at Chickamauga. After the war, he became a Methodist horse riding circuit preacher and is buried in St. Clair County, Alabama.

Musician Josiah Dean of Marshall County served as a drummer in Company F from May of 1861 until about April of 1862. He was, at some point, the Regimental Drummer.

Private Elisha M. Rickman of Marshall County served in Company F until his medical discharge after a period as a POW. His first cousin, Private William T. Folwell of Marshall County, also served in Company F.

Private Elias M. Sansom, Company C, was captured at Stone's River when he refused to retreat while his brother was in the field hospital [Samuel had his right arm mangled by grape shot]. Elias was captured, but joined Company H, 8th US Infantry as a private, medical orderly, and assigned to field hospital. When his brother was well enough, Elias stole two horses and took his brother back home to Marshall County, Tennessee. Elias then went back to his regiment and served until after the Chicamauga/Chattanooga campaign when 17th went to Virginia with Longstreet. Elias then joined the 21st Tennessee Cavalry and fought at Nashville where he was wounded. He received a pension, but never officially took the oath of allegience.

Private Richard Crockett Messick, Company G, was there from day one and finally captured at Petersburg, Virginia on June 17th 1864. He's buried at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Coffee County,Tennessee.


Charles Lafayette Waggoner, on May 20, 1861 at the age of 31 years, enlisted as a private in the 17th Tennessee Infantry at Camp Harris, near Shelbyville, Tennessee. He was assigned to Company E, along with others who had come from Winchester, Franklin County, and Marble Hill (now Moore County). Private Waggoner is listed in his Confederate Records as having been “slightly wounded in shoulder” at the battle of Murfreesboro on December 31, 1862, although his name is not included in a report of Tennesseans wounded during the Civil War. He transferred to Company B of the 44th Tennessee Regiment (Consolidated) on March 21, 1864. In an engagement at Petersburg on June 17, the 17th Tennessee lost 70 prisoners to the 17th Vermont Infantry, a curious coincidence of "Seventeens". Private Waggoner was one of the unfortunate 70 to become a prisoner of war. He arrived at Point Lookout, Maryland on June 24, 1864 and stayed there until being transferred to the Confederate Prison at Elmira, New York on July 27, 1864. Private Waggoner is listed as having been paroled from Elmira and sent to James River as part of a prisoner exchange on February 26, 1865.

Private J. M. Burk, Company E, fought at the battle of Murfreesboro and was captured at Chichamauga. He survived and fathered a child born after the war.

Private James K. Andrews, Company C, enlisted in 1861 and was wounded in the arm at Murfreesboro on December 31, 1862. He was captured at Chickamauga on September 19, 1863 and imprisoned at Rock Island. Pension Aplication # 15703.

Private Andrew Grider, Company I, enlisted August 15, 1861 at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee. He was wounded at Hoover's Gap and sent to a hospital at Wartrace, Tenneessee June 26, 1863 by Regimental Surgeon. Company Muster Roll for November and December, 1864, last on file, show him present. Union POW records show that he was captured April 2, 1865, at Hatchers Run, Virginia., and released at Point Lookout, Maryland, June 13, 1865, upon taking the Oath of Allegiance. His residence is listed in Jackson County. Alabama.

Sergeant John Hamilton Grider, Company I, enlisted August 15, 1861 at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee. Assigned Corporal and Sergeant May 17, 1862. Captured near Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19, 1863. Forwarded to Louisville then Camp Douglas Chicago, Illinois. Transferred to Pt. Lookout, Maryland March 23, 1865. Oath of Allegiance taken June 19, 1865. Received June 22, 1865 by Provost Marshal General, Washington, D.C., and furnished transportation to Christiana, Tennessee. Residence listed as Franklin County, Tennessee.

2nd Lieutenant Claiborne Ross Handly, Company E, was captured at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run on 5-6 April 1865. He and his brother, Captain Jonathan Reeves Handly, Company E, were taken to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C., and then to Johnson’s Island, Ohio, from where they were released in June of 1865. Claiborne was three months short of his 17th birthday when he enlisted in April of 1861.

Private John Scivally Wiseman, Company E, was wounded during the battle of Chickamauga, died in October 1863 and was buried in the Oakland Confederate Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia.

Private Joseph Byrd Isom, Company B, walked home from the surrender of rthe Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox and, according to family lore, arrived in Shelby, Tennessee in September of 1865.





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