Thomas F. Carrick
Submitted by Greg
21st (Wilson's) Tennessee Cavalry
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was born September 24, 1845 in Bedford County, TN.
His parents were Jason Carrick and America West both born in Bedford
Thomas went to a school that was made of logs and the seats were made
of split logs. During his schooling he was taught economics and
manners. The school term was 3 to 4 months out of the year.
The nearest schoolhouse was 2 miles from his home.
Growing up, he and his parents lived in a comfortable log
home. His father farmed and ran a blacksmith shop while his mother spun
and wove the clothing for the family. Thomas' parents didn't own any
slaves but his grandparents did.
When the War for Southern Independence started, Thomas Carrick was 15
years old. His father was working in the fields when a Yankee Cavalry
unit rode up and told him if he wanted to live he should start running.
When Jason Carrick ran, they shot him in the back. Then the
Yankees burned his grandfather's house to the ground.
taken the oath of allegiance before they had done all of this to his
family. This is when he tried to join the 18th Tennessee
but was too young. In the year 1863 he ran away and joined
21st Tennessee Cavalry. He was considered a scout and was in
fights daily with the enemy. Thomas was in the battle of Shoal Creek
and was in Hood's invasion of Tennessee. His company was in
General Forrest's corps during the campaign. After the Army
defeated at Nashville, the 21st Cavalry was cut off by Hood's
retreat. Thomas refused to give up and paddled his own canoe
across the Cumberland River. He had three recruits with him
Bynum, George Moore, and Newton Low. He became a guerrilla
fighter with a number of other men that refused to surrender or leave
with the army as it retreated. His band of men ranged in
the counties of Cannon, Coffee, Warren, and Rutherford. His
Guerilla Unit fought the Yankees and never lost a single
Thomas and Jason Bynum attacked and drove off 18 Yankees from Jimmie
Jameson's still house. The Federals reported that 40 men had attacked
them but only the two of
them made the assault. Shortly after March, in Cannon County,
Thomas and 5 other men attacked a colored company at Taylor's
Campground killing several and wounding others; the rest ran
The Federals claimed that Thomas and his guerilla unit killed or
captured 40 of their men. Mrs. Doctor Hoover of Hoovers gap
Cannon County was their go between.
Thomas kept his arms
May 31, 1865. He hated the Yankees so much that he went north
the Yankees had left Tennessee then returned. After the war he moved to
Tracy City and bought a house valued at $200. Thomas Carrick
married Francis Young and both are buried beside each other in Oak
Thomas Carrick died in January of 1933.
He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
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