Submitted by Greg
35th Tennessee Infantry Company A
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was born in
Warren County TN. on January 2, 1835. His father was born in
Virginia and moved with his father to Warren. His mother was
and raised in the areas of White and Warren counties. Henry
educated at the Altamont Academy and lived in and around Altamont.
Growing up he helped in trading and farming with his family.
In 1861, Henry joined the
5th Mountain Rifles Company A, later to be known as the 35th Tennessee
Infantry. He was later Lieutenant of Company F of the 35th
Tenn. At the battle of Shiloh, his unit received heavy
casualties; nineteen of his men were killed in the space of three
minutes. In the fight he received a wound to the neck and had
bullets pass through his hair on three occasions. He was in the
battles of Corinth and the Plum Orchard, before returning
home. While he was on furlough, he was captured and sent to Camp
Chase, Ohio. He remained a prisoner for 18 months before he enlisted
with the Second United States Volunteers Company A. He was
promised that he would not have to fight against his fellow
countrymen. He was sent to the frontier out west to fight the
Indians. He eventually became Quarter Master at Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas. He was discharged from the military in April, 1865,
and returned to Tennessee.
After the military Henry settled on a farm in the present town of
Gruetli. He was a heavy landowner of about 7000 acres. He was in
political affairs serving as Constable, Sheriff, County Surveyor,
Justice of the Peace, and postmaster for Tatesville. He eventually
married Nancy Scruggs and had fourteen children. Henry Overturf died on
August 3, 1912.
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