As with any war, there was nothing civil about it.
To quote, "War is Hell."
VAN BUREN COUNTY
| As civil war approached,
the men of the county began forming home guards in all 10 districts of
the county. Several of the men in the county served in the 16th Tennessee
Infantry Regiment and in the 4th Tennessee Calvary. At least 81 of the
men died in the service of the Confederacy. There were also a few who served
in the Union Army.
Guerrilla bands were active in the area and were pursued by the Union troops as reported by a Pvt. Allison in the letters to his mother. "Capt. Kramer left for the purpose of surprising and killing or capturing the guerrilla Carter and his band numbering between two and three hundred men. Their headquarters are at Spencer which is the home of Carter".
Other war time activity included mining salt-peter for gun powder at Bone Cave and Cane Creek Cave. The occupation of Spencer by union troops and the passing through and camp of Gen. Bragg's troops on their way to Kentucky.
1st Cavalry, Co H
8th Cavalry, Co. I
16th Infantry Regiment, Co. I, CSA
16th Memorial Monument
22nd Infantry (Murray's) Co. E
25th TN Inf Regt
35th Infantry Regiment, CSA
43rd Regiment TN Volunteers
44th TN Inf Regt
Campaigns and Battles of the Sixteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers,
in the War Between the States, with incidental Sketches of The Part Preformed
by Other Tennessee Troops in the Same War. 1861-1865. Thomas
Anthony Head. Cumberland Presbyterian Publishing House, 1885.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors
Savage/Goodner Camp 1513,
Civil War Veterans' Questionnaires