Category Archives: Tennessee

12th TN Cav Lt Col involved in Hood’s Retreat

12th-tn-cavCharles C. Huefling was 29 years old when he enlisted. He was commissioned into Field & Staff at 1st Lt., on 1/11/1864 of the 12th Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.).  He saw promotions to Major on 3/24/1864 and Lt Col on August 16, 1864. He also saw service in Company M, 4th US Army Cavalry.

Huffing saw action at Franklin and participated in Hood’s Retreat.

Twelfth Cavalry. 

— Col.,George Spalding Lieut.-Cols. Charles C. Huefling, John S. Kirwan, Maj s., Sater Boland,  Jason A. Bradshaw. James W. Spalding.

This regiment was organized by companies, the first of which was mustered into service Aug. 24, 1863.  On Feb. 22, 1864, six companies had been mustered, and George Spalding was commissioned lieutenant-colonel.

The regiment was then assigned to Gen. Gillem’s division and was placed on guard duty on the Nashville & Northwestern railroad, where it remained until April, 1864.  During the remainder of the year the regiment was in active service almost continuously.

It was one of the most efficient regiments in opposing Wheeler on his raid through Middle Tennessee and had several severe engagements with portions of his command.  In the latter part of September it marched to contest the approach of Gen. Forrest, with whom it was several times engaged with considerable loss.

It was also active in the campaign against Hood, participating in the battles at Lawrenceburg, Campbellsville, Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville.  From Nashville the regiment was in the advance in pursuit of Hood and fired the last shot at the enemy as he crossed the Tennessee River at Bainbridge.

On Feb. 8, 1865, the regiment went into camp at Eastport, Miss., where it remained until May 11.  It was then transferred from the 2nd to the 1st brigade under the command of Bvt. Brig-Gen. George Spalding, who had been commissioned colonel upon the completion of the regiment Aug. 16, 1864, and ordered to St. Louis.

It was there remounted and refitted and sent to Fort Leavenworth, at which place, after having performed some escort and scout duty through northern Kansas and southern Nebraska, it was mustered out Oct. 7.

It returned to Nashville and was there finally paid and discharged Oct. 24, 1865.

Dr James A. North served in Company F, 4th TN Cav (CSA)

Dr James North 4th TN Cav

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Dr. James A. North (1838-1924), son of Rev. Henry Baugh North of West Harpeth. He served in Co F 4th TN Cav. CSA and moved to Franklin in 1895. The 4th TN Cav served in Biffle’s Brigade, Chalmer’s Dvision.

Dr. North traded his 75 acre farm at West Harpeth for a house on 2 lots in McEwen’s Addition on Lewisburg Ave. in 1895. he married Eliza Baker and they were the parents of Wm. Wallace, Henry Baker, Robert Cowles, Carrick Hesikell, Kate, Jessie, Eloise and Willie North. Source: HFWC

North wedding pic

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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

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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.