The Tennessee State Library and Archives has information on line about Confederate Pension applicants from Jackson County. Be sure to read and understand the information regarding the beginning time periods and necessary qualifications for the pension program for veterans and for widows. Your ancestor or his widow may have died before the program began. Editor's Note: The TSLA made wholesale changes in their web site awhile back and we have not been able to recreate the links that were on this page.
For information on how to obtain Civil War military records by mail, please contact the TSLA.
The TN Gen Web has a wide variety of very helpful and useful information on Civil War research. Please click here to view their most excellent site.
Men from the Jackson County area enlisted to serve in both the Confederate and Union Armies in Jackson or Overton County, TN and in various towns in Kentucky. In general, people who lived in the eastern and Cumberland River sections of what is now Clay County were usually Confederate sympathizers, while residents of the western section were usually Union sympathizers.
One of the first Confederate Regiments to be formed was Hamilton's Tennessee Cavalry Battalion, also called the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry Battalion, the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, and later Shaw's Tennessee Cavalry Battalion.
Men from the area also served in the Fourth (Murray's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, the Thirteenth (Dibrell's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, Eighth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Seventeenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, (Also click here for more info on the Seventeenth.) Twenty-Fifth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Twenty-Eighth Tennessee Infantry Regiment (also called the Second Tennessee Mountain Volunteers), Thirty-Fourth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, and the Eighty-Fourth Tennessee Infantry Regiment.
Steve Pipes provided a link to a roster of men who served with the 8th Infantry (Confederate); many of these men were from Jackson county.
About four years ago, my husband and I had the privilege to buy a second home on Hull Mountain Lane, just off Hwy. 56, outside of Gainesboro. Although our primary residence is still in Murfreesboro, we are spending about 40 per cent of our time in Jackson County. A couple of years ago, I had the privilege to meet Mrs. Bonnie May Roberts and her daughter, Janet Meadows. They were kind enough to share the story of their Confederate ancestor, Capt. William Sadler, with me and it was my honor to further research and write Capt. Sadler's never before told story. It was the Tennessee edition special feature for May 2006 in the United Daughters of the Confederacy Magazine.
Federal regiments with men serving in them from the Jackson County area were the Fourth Tennessee Mounted Infantry Regiment, USA and the Eighth Tennessee Mounted Infantry Regiment. (info from: Tennesseans in the Civil War)
Don't forget to check Kentucky units for your ancestor if you cannot find them in a Tennessee unit. Many Jackson County men, especially those living near the Kentucky border, joined a Kentucky unit.
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Jane Hembree Crowley
Charles Reeves, Jr.,
Jackson County Coordinators
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