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16th Tennessee Infantry      
Company Unknown
Sterling Tried Smith - Doctor   
Sterling (Starling) T. Smith was the son of Peyton (Payton) Fauntleroy Smith and Nancy Welch. He was a doctor in the Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee area. His granddaughter once wrote, 'He cut a fine figure, rode a fine mount and had a prestigious practice in the area.' He was born 9 May 1836 and died 21 May 1916 and is buried in the Rankin Cemetery in Dunlap, Tennessee.He served as Assistant Surgeon during his service. He and his father and brothers were sympathetic to the union cause but fought in the confederate army. His brother, George Welch Smith, was killed 27 Sep 1864 at the Battle of Pulaski. His father and a neighbor, John Anderson, went to Pulaski to get his body.
Contact Name:  Gayle Smith Miller
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Date Added:  4/5/2006
Company Unknown
Thomas C Thompson - Unknown   
Killed at Battle of Perryville, Kentucky 1862
Contact Name:  Jeff Thompson
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Date Added:  2/1/2013
Company Unknown
Mordicai Yell - Private   
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Contact Name:  Van Boone
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Date Added:  2/4/2010
Company A
Peter Atnip - Private   
Peter was killed sometime in October 1861. I am trying to find where.
Contact Name:  David Moore
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Date Added:  5/19/2009
Company A
Richard Washington Banks - Private   
Banks, Richard Washington of De Kalb Co., TN enlisted in the 16th Tennessee Infantry, Company A., Confederate Army on May 18, 1861. He was 22 years old
Richard was wounded at the Battle of Perryville on Oct.8, 1862 and was listed as absent, sick on Dec.31, 1862 when the company was near Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Although Richard’s unit was listing him as sick, it is believed he may have been captured in Boone Co., KY on Nov. 6, 1862 or had been on a furlough. Under Gen. Joseph Johnson the men could earn a furlough.
The last several days of Dec 1862, Richard was also listed as severely wounded at the Battle of Murfreeboro, Tennessee. On Jan.7, 1863 he was listed at Lousiville, KY. Richard next appeared on the records as a Prisoner at Camp Douglas, IL on Mar.31, 1863. His records suddenly ended on April 30, 1864. Richard W. was the son of Joseph and Jane (Ferrell) Banks Sr.
Contact Name:  Shirley (Pitts) Bennett
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Date Added:  3/28/2007
Company A
Tennessee Monroe Hooper - Private   
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Contact Name:  Sam C. Fuson, Jr.
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Date Added:  10/4/2005
Company A
Lee Patterson - Private   
Lee Patterson (son of John and Ann Patterson) Enlisted Nov 22 1862 at McMinnville, TN. Roster roll for Jun 30 to Dec 31 1862. Remarks: Killed in action Dec 31 1862. He was killed at Battle of Stones River in TN. He died from a 'ball to the
center of forehead and died immediately'. His wife, Mary Davis Patterson, was left with 7 children. The last child was born 4 months after Lee Patterson died. So he never saw his baby.
Contact Name:  Renee Day
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Date Added:  7/9/2011
Company A
Thomas Benton Potter - Sergeant Major   
Potter, Thomas Benton, Sergeant Major
Company A, 16th Tennessee Infantry
“The Mountain Regiment”

Enlisted at age 25 on May 18, 1861 in DeKalb County, Tennessee for the war. Appointed Sergeant Major of the regiment on July 12, 1861. Wounded at Perryville, Kentucky (Chaplain Hill) on October 8, 1862. Type of wound not reported. Fell into Union hands (captured) on December 16, 1864 at Shy's Hill during the Battle of Nashville. Took the Oath of Allegiance on January 8, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Born: January 11, 1836 in DeKalb Co., TN
Died: November 24, 1898 in DeKalb Co., TN
Buried: Smithville Cemetery, DeKalb Co., TN
Married: Delia C. 'Samantha' West
Children: 9
Occupation: banker and merchant
Contact Name:  Adrian C. Sims
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Date Added:  4/22/2007
Company A
William Caroll Potter - 1st Lieutenant   
Potter, William Caroll, 1st Lieutenant
Company A, 16th Tennessee Infantry
“The Mountain Regiment”

Enlisted at age 22 for the war on May 18, 1861 in DeKalb County, Tennessee. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on August 5, 1863. He was wounded at Chickamauga, Georgia on or about September 19, 1863. Type of wound not reported. Paroled at Greensboro, NC on May 1, 1865.

Born: November 30, 1839 in DeKalb Co., TN
Died: June 8, 1906 in DeKalb Co., TN
Buried: Smithville Cemetery, DeKalb Co., TN
Married: Martha Helen Avant
Children: 9
Occupation: unknown
Contact Name:  Adrian C. Sims
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Date Added:  4/22/2007
Company A
James K. Polk Rowland - Private   
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Contact Name:  Neal Hanley
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Date Added:  3/10/2012
Company A
Garrison Greenwood Taylor - Private   
I would like to learn more about my 2nd great grandpa.
Contact Name:  Stephnie England
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Date Added:  6/18/2015
Company A
Benjamin Cleveland Wilkinson - Private   
private in/ private out film #m231 roll 46 microfische
Contact Name:  paul wilkinson
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Date Added:  3/21/2010
Company B
Michael Blackburn - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  Charles Brown
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Date Added:  1/13/2009
Company B
George Washington Kennedy - Private   
Kennedy, George Washington Pvt. B Gen., CSR, Pension
Enlisted 21, February 1863. He was Born 26, May 1844 in Manchester, Coffee Co,and he died on November 15, 1920 and was buried at Shady Grove Cemetery, Shady Grove, Coffee, Co. Missing in Battle at Lookout Mountain November 24, 1863. Captured 27th November 1863 at Dowdy's Ferry. Sent to Rock Island Prison from Manchester Tenn. Took the Oath on May 23, 1865. Pension #9562 filed October 7, 1907. Living in Coffee Co. He married Mary E. Spindell on February 9, 1870. She was born in Coffee Co, TN, in 1853 the daughter of William Robert and Siotha Lucinda (Franklin) Spindell she died on April 23, 1917 in Coffee Co, TN. They had several children one of which was Beulah Kennedy. Wrote a letter to Board in 1919 stating that his wife had died and he was living with his daughter Mrs. Beulah Martin in Morrison Tn. His other children were Jane who was born in 1871 and her death date is unknown to me. He also had a son, James who was born in 1875 and died in 1953 in Coffee County Tennessee.
Contact Name:  Jennifer Kennedy Thompson
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Date Added:  2/10/2013
Company B
Alson Perry - Unknown   
Captured with brother-in-law Michael Blackburn November 1862 near Chattanooga, Tennessee, then sent to Rock Island, Illinois.
Contact Name:  Charles Brown
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Date Added:  1/13/2009
Company C
John W. Cope - 3rd Sergeant   
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Contact Name:  Steve Sansom
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Date Added:  9/11/2010
Company C
Henderson Pearson Kidd - Private   
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Contact Name:  Eric Pfeiffer
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Date Added:  4/12/2009
Company D
John Thomas Gribble - Private   
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Contact Name:  Neal Hanley
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Date Added:  8/16/2010
Company D
Thomas Gribble - Private   
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Contact Name:  Neal Hanley
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Date Added:  3/10/2012
Company D
Benjamin M. Rowland - Private   
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Contact Name:  Neal Hanley
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Date Added:  3/10/2012
Company D
David Walcott - Private   
I am the Great great grandson of David Walcott.

He was born on Feb.23,1840, Wayne County, Kentucky near Monticello.
Enlisted in Company D, 16th Tennessee Infantry on March 1, 1863. Captured near Nashville, Tennessee on December 17, 1864 and sent to Camp Douglas Prison, Chicago, Illinois where he spent the rest of the war. He was released from prison on May 15, 1865 and returned home to Wayne County, Kentucky.
Married Matilda McLain in 1866 and had several children.
Died near Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky on May 20, 1923. Buried at Rogers Grove Cemetery, Wayne County, KY.
Contact Name:  Mark Black
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Date Added:  2/1/2006
Company D
James P. White - Corporal   
Joined in Nov. ''62 just before Battle of Murfreesboro. Fought through entire war in all battles with 16th until captured on Dec. 16, ''64 while running east from Shy''s Hill toward Franklin Pike at the Battle fo Nashville. See W. H. White for history of unit.
Contact Name:  Jamie Gillum
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Date Added:  10/30/2004
Company D
William Henry White - 1st Lieutenant   
W. H. White present at initial organization from Warren County Tennessee. Elected to Cpl. by mid summer ''61. Left behind in Knoxville to wait on convalesents returning to unit. Present in Cheat Mt. Campaign under Lee in West Virginia, Sept.-Nov. ''61. Unit went to South Carolina under Lee, then Pemberton around Pocotaligo, S. C., participated in minimal degree at Battle of Port Royal, S. C.. Within days of Shiloh they were transferred to Mississippi. Participated in skirmishing at Corinth, very heavy on May 28th. Donelson''s Brigade on Kentucky Campaign. W. H. White made Regimental Color-bearer before commencement of this campaign. He and the entire color-guard were wounded with one guard killed. He was hit in the leg by grapeshot from Parson''s Federal Battery about 300 yards northeast of Perryville visitor center. The regiment suffered 199 casualties out of 400 engaged. After return to central Tennessee, 180 new recruits joined the regiment and they marched into the next battle with 407 men. W. H. White was in hospital the 1st day of the fight still recovering from his wound at Perryville, but checked out that morning to go in search of his unit. Luckily for him he missed the actions of Dec. 31, ''62, as the regiment suffered over 50% casualties again (207 of 402 engaged). The regiment struck the round forrest or Hell''s half acre defended by Hazen''s Brigade at the pivot point of the Confederate line next to the river. They also were present suffering 67 casualties at the Battle of Chicamauga in Sept. ''63, and then 9 casualties at Missionary Ridge in Nov. ''63. Dec. ''63 they had 212 present with 157 effectives. Participated in the daily fighting of the Atlanta campaign from May through Aug. ''64. Lost dozens of men thoughout that fighting including Atlanta and the battles around there. Consolidated with the 8th and 28th Tennessee in Sept. ''64 at Palmetto Station, Ga. as companies A, D and E. W. H. White reduced temporarily to supernumerary and serves in the ranks as NCO. They commence the Tennessee campaign with about 100 men present, probably about 80 effectives. Suffer a staggering 19 killed in action in the short but bloody Battle of Franklin on Nov. 30, ''64 seven more die of mortal wounds with at least 25 more wounded. W. H. White is returned officer ranks and commands one of three companies through the remainder of the campaign after the death of Lt. J. P. Green at Franklin. They go on to fight at Nashville losing a small number captured on the sewcond day of the battle (Dec. 16,''64). They are assigned as part of the rear guard under Generals Walthall and Forrest and participate in the actions a Sugar Creek, Anthony''s Hill and Pulaski inflicting numerous casualties on the Federal pursuers. After returning to Tupelo, the regiment continues on to North Carolina after a short furlough, and fights at Bentonville losing at least one man killed, but repulsing the advance of Fed. troops near Gen. Johnston''s H.Q.. They parole upwards of 50 men at Greensboro, N. C. in April 1865. W. H. White tendered his resignation as commissioned officer in the 16th Regiment in Feb. ''65 on the grounds that he had only 3 privates and 5 NCOs left in his company under his command. He was then denied this resignation by all commanders excepting Hood who approved his transfer to the 4th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. He was transporting prisoners to Andersonville when the Battle of Bentonville was fought in Mar. ''65, and missed that fight. He arrived at Greensboro in April of ''65 and left the army before paroles were issued. He had never been in the hands of ''no damn Yankees'' and swore he never would be. He was issued a hand written parole by Gen. Dibrell at Augusta, Ga. in the dame month and returned home on foot to McMinnville, Tenn..
Contact Name:  Jamie Gillum
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Date Added:  10/30/2004
Company E
Homer Alexander Powers - Private   
Homer Alexander Powers

Born: 15 November 1840 in Rome, Floyd, Georgia
Died: 13 July 1913 near Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Burnt Stand Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
(Graves in Burnt Stand Cemetery were relocated during the mid to late 1960s to other cemeteries to make room for the TN Tech Football field).

Married: Drusilla Elizabeth Cleghorn on 15 March 1864 in Coffee County, Tennessee (listed as H. A. Powell to Elizabeth D. Claghorn)

Her Dates (from Widow's Pension)
Born: 7 May 1840 in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Died: 28 October 1917 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Burnt Stand Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee

RELATIVES WHO SERVED
Brother: Private William H. Powers - 34th Tennessee Infantry (4th Confederate Infantry)
Brother: 2nd Lieutenant Robert Franklin Powers - 34th Tennessee Infantry (4th Confederate Infantry)

MILITARY INFORMATION
16th Tennessee Infantry, Company E, Confederate States Army

Abstract from Pension:
Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
Enlisted 23 May 1861 at Camp Harris
Jul - Oct 1861: Present
Discharged 28 Feb 1862
Age: 24
Fought under General Robert E. Lee at Cheat Mountain

Abstract from Widow's Pension:
Widow's Application #W5059
A resident of Cookeville, TN

Homer Powers Life and Service Information:
Member: Captain Calvin C. Brewers Co. E of the 16th TN Regiment
Enlisted: May 1861 in Captain Calvin C. Brewer's Co. Col. Jno H. Savage's Regiments
Battles: In charge of Dr. Mauzy's medicine wagon; In some engagements in VA and Pacalagi, SC
Disease: Rheumatism
Discharged in February of 1862; returned home to Coffee County, Tennessee.
A resident of TN for 58 years, Homer moved to Coffee County when 8 years old.

Moved to Coffee County from Rome, GA by his mother when he was 8 years old
Most of his service: detailed to drive and take charge of the medicine wagon of Dr. Mozey
On 1 Jan 1862, he was taken ill at Louisburg, VA with pneumonia and typhoid fever.
Homer was at White Sulfur Springs, VA for about 3 weeks.
Transferred to Knoxville, TN for about 3 weeks.
Went to rejoin unit at Pocataligo, SC about 6 weeks
Came down with Rheumatism
Honorably discharged

Went to his home in Coffee County. His left hand was badly frost-bitten in the winter of 1861. He lost the use of his left hand.
Returned to Coffee County which was infested with Calvin Bixby's gang of bushwhackers and guerrillas. It was their practice to kill every with CSA papers in possession.
Family members and friends begged him to destroy papers
Wyatt Cleghorn read papers and urged him to destroy them

Homer Powers had a discharge, however, Coffee County was infested with Col. Brixey's gang of guerillas. They were killing and robbing Rebels, and as a result, Homer was persuaded to destroy papers.

Marriage Story:
Reared in Coffee County, but the couple has lived in Putnam County for the past forty years.
Homer A. Powers and Mrs. Loucilla Powers were married in the Spring of 1865.
Homer A. Powers was badly crippled with rheumatism, and Mrs. Powers' mother objected to the marriage because of Homer's rheumatism.
On the day of their marriage, Mrs. Powers pretended to go in the field to take dinner to her brother.
She was met in the cornfield by Homer A. Powers, Rev. Thomas Jackson, and 2-3 young men (including Richard Cleghorn).
They were married in the cornfield.

Drusilla's maiden name was Cleghorn
Drusilla married Homer A. Power on 5 May 1865 by Rev. Thomas Jackson
They lived as husband and wife until his death on 13 July 1913.
At the time of their marriage, Mary Wooten and Drusilla Powers were living with their mother in Coffee County.
The Wooten's and the Powers moved to Putnam County years ago.

Obituary
The Cookeville Press, 13 July 1913, Page 1

HOMER POWERS PASSES INTO THE UNKNOWN - An Old Confederate Soldier, Full of Years and Glory, He Goes in Final Peace to [?] the Last Great [?] - Death of Homer A. Powers, Gallant Confederate Soldier - Homer A. Powers, an old and highly respected citizen, died Saturday night at his home two miles northwest of this city. He was eighty years old and served gallantly throughout the Civil War, in the Confederate Army. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife and several grown children. The funeral took place at Burnt-Stand Graveyard at 3 p.m. Monday.
Contact Name:  Jacob
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Date Added:  2/11/2018
Company F
William L. Grimsley - Private   
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Contact Name:  Tim Young
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Date Added:  7/8/2009
Company F
William F. Grimsley - Private   
My great, great uncle was wounded and later died from wounds he received in the Battle of Perryville, KY: October 8, 1862.
Contact Name:  Tim Young
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Date Added:  6/18/2008
Company F
John Vaughan - Private   
Born Dec 1839 Rogersville, Tn/ Died Apr 1916 Rogersville, Tn. Enlisted at Wargap, Tn Oct 1862 under Michael Stanley's Company. Captured Wattsburg, Tennessee. June 18, 1863. John married Martha Lane and had 5 children.
Contact Name:  Eddie Elkins
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Date Added:  2/3/2018
Company G
James Riley Mullins - Private   
James Riley Mullins died in the Rock Island Prisoner of War camp on 15 Mar 1864. He is buried in grave # 332 at the Rock Island Cemetery.
Contact Name:  Jim Burke
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Date Added:  1/28/2006
Company G
Joseph Ray - Private   
This is my great, great, great, grandfather from Dekalb County, Tennessee. I am trying to link my lineage mostly from the Smithville area of Tennessee. My grandfather and grandmother was from Smithville, TN. Both g,g,g,grandfathers were in the 'War between the States'. Trying to find out the name of the other grandfather. Last name is Allen. I believe both served in the same company.
Contact Name:  Kelly Angell
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Date Added:  1/7/2011
Company H
G. T. Brown - Private   
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Contact Name:  Steve Atherton
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Date Added:  9/7/2005
Company H
William Henderson Hughes - Private   
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Contact Name:  Susan Arnold
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Date Added:  10/21/2008
Company H
Crawford A. McDaniel - Private   
He deserted on 3/15/1863. Would like to have more information such as parents, siblings, etc.. He was my great-grandfather. He was married to Margaret Williams. He is from Warren Co., Tennessee.
Contact Name:  Donald Bailey
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Date Added:  5/16/2016
Company I
Carroll Henderson Clark - 2nd Lieutenant   
Carroll Henderson Clark born: 26 Feb 1842 in Tennessee. Died: 26 April 1931 in Van Buren County, Tennessee. Buried in Spencer Cemetery, Van Buren County, TN.
Father: James A. Clark (1817-1866 TN) Mother: Rebecca Sanders-Clark (1816-1886 TN) 2nd Lieutenant Clark was wounded twice, recovered and kept fighting.
Contact Name:  Dody Clark-Day
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Date Added:  9/29/2010
Company I
Charles W Mooneyham - Private   
Pvt. Charles W. Mooneyham was born on 03 Jan 1839. White County, Tennessee. Died: 29 Mar 1923 in Dekalb County, Tennessee. Brother-in-Law to 2nd Lt Carroll Henderson Clark. They fought together under Colonel John Savage.
Contact Name:  Dody Clark-Day
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Date Added:  9/29/2010
Company K
Gabriel Benton Jaquess - Private   
Enlisted in 1861 and served through the end of the war.
Contact Name:  Tim Harrison
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Date Added:  2/19/2008
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