Category Archives: POW

James L. Cooper served in the 20th Tennessee Infantry, Company C, with Tod Carter, his best friend

James L. Cooper son of Washington Cooper of Nashville and friend of Tod Carter. Both were members of the 20th Tennessee Infantry which fought at Franklin.

James L. Cooper 20th TN

Image courtesy of Historic Foundation of Williamson County.

He enlisted Oct 7, 1861 for a period of 12 months.

Records show he was taken prisoner on Jan 19, 1862 at Fishing Creek, KY. He was paroled on the 27th. He was exchanged Aug 25, 1862.

By Nov-Dec 62 he was back with his unit.

On Sept 1, 1863 he was promoted to 1st Sgt.

On 25 Nov 1863 he was wounded at Missionary Ridge.  By March 1864 he was back with his unit.

On August 25, 1864 he was promoted to aide-de-camp to General Tyler in Atlanta.

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James W. Stevens (1828-1915) Co C 22nd TN Cavalry

James W. Stevens (1828-1915) Co C 22nd TN Cavalry is buried on Pleasant Hill Rd. James fought with his unit at Franklin. On Dec 12, 1864 he was captured in Carthage, Tennessee.

James W. Stevens (1828-1915) Co C 22nd TN CAV

 Image courtesy of The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

While at Franklin, the 22nd TN Cav fought with Bell’s Brigade, Buford’s Division, alongside the 19th, 20th, 21st TN Cav units, and Nixon’s TN Cav.

James enlisted June 28, 1861 into the 22nd TN Cav, Company C., for a period of 12 months. At enlistment he was from DeKalb Co., Tenn.  He was 24 years old, 6’1″, blue eyes.

Confederate records show that he was listed as deserted on March 10, 1863, before his first year was up.

Aug – Dec 62 he  was listed as absent, a paroled prisoner.

In December 1862 his records show he signed back up with his unit and was placed again in good standing.

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By July-Aug 63 he was captured and exchanged back to his army.

By Sept-Oct 63 he was apparently back in good sorts with his unit because he was paid.

He was captured again Dec 12, 1864 in Carthage, Tenn.  He was sent to Camp Chase via Louisville. In March 1865 he was transferred to Chicago.

Henry K. Moss, 20th TN Infantry, Company B, captured at Nashville

Henry K. Moss, 45th TN and 20th TN Infantry

Henry K. Moss was about 19 years old when he enlisted January 7, 1862 at Camp Trousdale, as a private in Company A, 45th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A. Before transferring to the 20th TN in March 1863 his military records show he was present for duty and thus likely saw action at Shiloh (Apr 62), and Stone’s River in late 62 and early 63.

On March 1, 1863 he transferred into Company B (Guthrie’s), 20th TN Infantry.  He was 5’9″, of  fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He saw some serious action with the 20th TN, including Franklin (Jun 63), Hoover’s Gap (Jun 63), Missionary Ridge (Nov 63), Franklin (Nov 64) and Nashville (Dec 64).

At Franklin (Nov 30, 1864), the 20th TN was part of Tyler’s Brigade, Bate’s Division, Cheatham’s Corps

He was captured at the Nashville Dec 16th and taken to the military hospital in Louisville by Dec 20th. He was later exchanged and signed the Oath of Allegiance.

Henry H.K. Moss was from Triune, TN. After the Civil War he moved to Lewisburg, TN in Marshall Co. (1)

(1) The Williamson County Historical Society.

 Military record below sourced by

See the play – The Andersonville Trial – on June 17 and 18 in Nashville

The Sesquicentennial Commemoration

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Inc. and Lamplighters Theatre present:

WITH SPECIAL COMMENTARY on Civil War prisons by historian and author Thomas R. Flagel

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., and  Saturday, June 18,  2 performances at 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The sanctuary of the historic Downtown Presbyterian Church, at the corner of 5th Avenue and Church Streets, Nashville, Tennessee

$15.00 General Admission

Purchase online at or at the door (open one hour before show). For special prices on groups of 20 or more call 615-969-9273. For more information on “The Andersonville Trial” visit  Please also feel free to contact BONPS Event Coordinator Ellen McClanahan at or call her at 615-804-5068.

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