7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

Descendants Association

Soldier's Notes


Sergeant Jesse Cage was severely wounded, April 2, 1865 in the foot or leg at Petersburg and was captured and had his leg amputated at Lincoln Hospital. Jesse was paroled and came home at the end of the war to enjoy a career in politics in and around the Nashville Tennessee area and was a member of the UCV in Nashville. His name is on the UCV monument located at Centennial Park in Nashville, just south of The Parthenon.

Jonas Fish Sr., 7th Tennessee Infantry, was the great-great-great grandfather of John Byington. He fought at Hatcher’s Run outside of Petersburg and his son, Jonas Fish Jr., 7th Tennessee Infantry, evidently did not survive the battle. There is no record of him being killed, captured, or returning home after the war. Jonas Fish Sr. was sent to Fort Delaware and released after taking the oath of allegiance in Sept 1865. John's opinion is that Jonas Jr. wanted to go to the war before it ended, As he was only 14 or 15 in 1865, Jonas Sr. probably went with him to “keep him safe”.

Private Samuel Ragland, Company D, was killed at the Battle of the Seven Pines. He is the great great uncle of Daphne Hopson.

Sergeant John R. Lanier, Co. F, mustered into the 7th Tennessee Infantry at Camp Trousdale and was among those who surrendered and were paroled with General Lee at Appomatox Court House. He was promoted to 5th Sergeant on 16 July 1862. Like many former soldiers, John R. Lanier would not affirm his allegience to the Union after the end of the war. He later applied for pension for his service.


According to his descendants, John is the soldier standing on the left; the soldier sitting next to John is his brother, Andrew Jackson Lanier. The other soldier is believed to be a cousin, but may have been another brother.


Richard Clay Gibbs, a private in Company B, was wounded in the right knee at Cedar Mountain. After about three months convalescing at home in Smith County, Tennessee, he returned to the regiment in Virginia during April of 1863 and spent the rest of the war evidently as a hospital guard. In August of 1864, he returned to the regiment by a general order from General Lee and was captured on April 2, 1865 at Petersburg. He was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland and took the oath in June of 1865.

Captain Marcus Lafayette Walsh, Company D, was captured at Petersburg on April 2, 1865 and was released on oath on June 20, 1865. His brother Shelby served in the same company.

Private Jeremiah Turner, Company F, enlisted on May 20, 1861, and was discharged from the prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, on May 20, 1865. The crucial event of his service was when a tree fell on his tent in camp during October of 1861, perhaps at Romney, now West Virginia, and injured his back. According to his CMSR he spent a number of weeks in hospitals at different times during those four years, causing him to miss engagements at Cedar Run, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse and Cold Harbor. However, he was with his regiment at Gettysburg and Petersburg, where he was captured at Hatcher's Run on April 2, 1865.

Private Andrew Jackson Bradley, Company B, was captured on the 3rd day of the battle at Gettysburg.

Private William Burrell Sullivan, Company I, served from the beginning of the war until just before the surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox. He was captured at Hatchers Run on April 2, 1865 and released from Point Lookout, Maryland on May 20, 1865. He had a brother in the same company, Corporal John Elijah Sullivan, who was killed at Mechanicsville. Private James A. Sullivan, Company I, was most likely a cousin.

Private Joseph M. Loveall Company C, enlisted May 24,1861 at Gallatin,Tennessee. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Seven Pines,Virginia on May 31,1862 and died September 1,1862.


Joe Loveall

Joe Loveall




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