The Athens Post - 12 July 1861 (Vol. XIII, No. 663)

This company, John M. Bridgeman, Captain, reached Camp Cummings, Knoxville, on Friday. Sequatchie Valley has the honor of furnishing the finest Cavalry Company that has yet entered the service. We have the pleasure of an acquaintance with most of the officers and members, and will go bail that if they are put at the right place they will not be long in giving the enemy a taste of their capacity. The name, "Tulloss Rangers," is in compliment of Col James A. Tulloss, of Pikeville, for his liberal aid in money and other respects in behalf of the Company. The Company is handsomely uniformed, at an expense of some fifteen hundred dollars, contributed by a few patriotic citizens of Bledsoe. Below is a list of the officers and privates.



J Bridgeman, CaptainJames Walker, 1st Lieutenant
A R Couk, 2nd Lieutenant James M Farley, 3rd Lieutenant
Wm A Smith, 1st Sergeant R B Hutcheson, 2nd Sergeant
J M Cunningham, 4th Sergeant L T Billingsley, 1st Corporal
John R Roberson, 2nd Corporal James J Dyer, 3rd Corporal
Richard R Gist, 4th Corporal Anthony Griffith, 1st Bugler
Geo W Taylor, 2nd Bugler John P Ketts, Blacksmith


Abott, J M Acuff, Jasper S Beaveret, Virgil A
Berger, Franklin Brown, Reuben Brown, David S
Campbell, G B Carnes, S E Davis, Timothy
Deatheridge, H C Douglas, W J Durham, O P
Epperson, Geo N Finley, Geo H Ford, C A
Frazier, John C Freeman, James N Gentry, J K
Gentry, S B Gillespie, Geo L Greer, James L
Hatfield, M B Hawkins, Thomas J Hickenbotton, Wm
Hinch, Thomas H Hutcheson, Wm F Jones, John
Kerrick, John W Knight, Leroy Lamb, James Houston
Lewis, Charles L Loyd, Thomas McCulley, Wm
McDonald, George McDonough, J M Nail, James B
Panter, Sampson B Pope, Lavander W Rankin, James
Rankin, Reuben Reid, S A Roberson, Adam
Roberson, John R Roberson, S J Rodgers G W (sick)
Scott, James Sherrell, Andrew Sherrell, Thomas
Simmons, W L Sloan, Dr. R A Standefer, Luke L
Standefer, Wm L Swafford, Alfred Jr. Swafford, M P
Swafford, T A Thomas, Isaac N White, James
Worthington, J C Worthington, J. Frank Worthington, James
Worthington, Sam P Worthington, W J Worthington, William

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This list is compiled from various sources and lists men who enlisted from or were living in Bledsoe County at the time the 1890 veteran census was taken. The list is excerpted from Elizabeth Robnett's History of Bledsoe County. The men listed as members of the Tuloss Rangers are not included here.

James Acuff, Thomas Agee, James F. Anderson, William Angel.

Edward Baggett, Andrew J. Bedwell, John P. Bennett, G. T. Blankenship, Thomas F. Blaylock Andrew Bowman, Daniel Bowman, Elijah Bowman, Pleasant B. Brewer, William B. Brewer, Michael W. Brock, Joseph Brown, Reuban H. Brown, James A. Bunch, Thomas Burdett, John W. Byerly.

Greer Campbell, Washington C. Campbell, Zimriah Card, Goodwin Carlton, Henry Cartwright, James Clark, Henry Close, Wiley M. Colvard, Johnathan Crawford.

James M. Davis, William S. Davis, John W. DeBord, Benjamin Duke, William H. Dye.

Thomas Edmondson, Alexander Evans, William Evitt.

Charles Ferguson, James Ferguson, Daniel Foley, Ephraim Foster, John W. Francis, Nicholas P. Frazier, Bird Freeman, James. W. Freeman.

James Gentry, Jesse Gilbert, Thomas Gilbert, Daniel Graham, John B. Graham, William Graham, William R. Graham, Henry Clay Greer, Charles Gross.

Issac Hale, James Hale, Joseph Hankins, Thomas Hale, John B. Haley, James C. Harvey, Benjamin F. Harwood, James C. Heard, Joel B. Hembree, James W. Hendon, Bird Henderson, Jasper Henderson, Robert Henderson, James F. Henry, Marion Hixson, James M. Hixson, John B. Hixson, Josiah Hixson, Newton Hixson, George W. Hixson, William A. Hixson, William Carol Hixson, James L. Hoge, Lemuel Hoge, Preston Hoge, William H. Holland, David Holland, William B. Houston, James L. Hutcheson, J W Hyder.

Hezekiah James, Daniel Johnson, William Johnson, William A. Jordan, Jacob Keedy, William Keedy, James J. Kelly, William H. Kimber, Abram T. King, LaFayette Kirby, Frank M. Knight.

James Lawson, Jesse Lawson , John W. Lawson, Tyne Lawson, Benjamin F. Lee, Benjamin F. Lloyd.

Samuel W. Manning, Lee Mathis, Jesse W. McDowell, Jessee J. McDowell, T. A. McCully, George McDaniel, Green McDaniel, John McDaniel, William McDaniel, Daniel McWilliams, Peter Mercer, Calvin Milican, Samuel Miller, John Mitts, Calvin Mooneyham, Owen Mooneyham, Thomas C. Morgan, Z. M. Morris.

R. M. Narramore, Andrew J. Northrup.

Daniel Olinger

Aaron Parker, James Parham, John A. Patton, Andrew Payne, Alfred Pemberton, John Pierce, Isaac Pollard, John T. Pope, William R. Pope, James Putnam.

Michael Real, Charles Real, Peter Real, James L. Rigsby, John Rigsby, Daniel Rollins, H. C. Roberson, James Roberson, William J. Rains, John Rogers, James A. Ross, John Russell.

Felix Scales, James Seals Jr., Jesse Segraves, Adam J. Shoemaker, J.W. Sharp, Andrew Simmons, John Simmons, James Simmons, Monroe Simmons, William T. Simmons, James L. Stephens, Isaac George Stephens, Ephraim Skiles, George Skiles, John Skiles, James T. Slater, Isaac N. Smith, John Smith, McKinley Smith, Benjamin Smith, Sam M. Smith, Thomas Smith, Andrew Soloman, Ely Southerland, A. J. Standefer, Perry Stepp, John Stewart, Robert Stewart, John S. Stinnet, Patrick Stone, Thomas Sutherland, Alfred K. Swafford, John B. Swafford, John Swafford, John L. Swafford, James Swafford, John P. Swafford, Sam Swafford, Lt. Sam Swafford, William Swafford, William B. Swafford, George Sweat.

James Tandy, John J. Teeters, Charles Thurman, Isaac N. Thurman, William A. Thurman, John B. Turner, Soloman Turner, Van Thurman.

David H. Walker, Howard Walker, Stephen Walker, Johnathan Ward, John G. Werner, William Ziegler.


State of Tennessee Roane County 1807
To the honorable Court of Roane County -- we your Petitioners humbly Sheweth that a grist mill in Sequacha Valley, Where the old Kiuka Trace of Lower Trace Crosses the Mountain From Tennessee Valley will be of publix utility. We Therefor pray your Worships to grand an order in favor of George Skillern Erecting a mill on Sd. place.

Jesse McKinnyGeorge Hatfield
John McKnightThomas Yount
John AndersonThos Yount
Wm. ChristianJoseph Myes(?)
Jos. Hoge(?)Michael Foster(?)
Jno. BrownSam Cowen
Jessee TyreeThomas Brown(?)
Jas. RidleEzekiel McCoy
Elisha RogersSmith Dunken(?)
Jos. RogersJames Hail
Gerge Sharpe(?)Thomas Masterson
Thos. RiddleThomas Vernon
Volentine SpringElijah Hicks(?)
John SpringJohn Hankins
John robersonWilliam Wilson
Isaac Stephens(Torn)
Roane County State of Tennessee
To the honorable Court of Roane County, we your petitioners humbly Sheweth that a grist mill
will be of publick...

James Direr(?)Stephan Thurman
Peter LooneyJames Jons
Daniel ThorpJohn Shumak
Martin LaurenceEli Thurman
David OattNicholas Spring
Samuel LuskAlexr. Coulter
Samuel SimpsonWilliam Long
John PortmornRobert Gambel
James BredenAlexr. Ferguson
William RobersonJohn Rusell
David RaineyJames R. Rogers
James MooreJoseph _____
Jn(?) Coulter 


Detail of Petition

2-25-1809; Petition of citizens of Bledsoe County who settled in the Indian Boundary Line before it was run and who left their improvements asking that some provision be made to restore their property when the Indian title is extinguished.

John AndersonJoseph Grayson Eli ThurmanSaml Terry
Peter LooneyJames StandeferThomas Allred John Portman
John ThomasWm LeeJesse RobertsJohn Smith
Benj GraysonJohn WalkerT.Coulter Issac Stephens
Robert Long/LangJameGoodenWilliam Roberson John Rogers
James RobersonGeo SkillernDaniel WoodJohn Julien
Stephen BishopMichael RawlingsGeorge C. CozbyJohn Dwiggins
Alexr CoulterJohn HutsonTimothy HixsonMills Robinson
Archibald BeardJos/Jas HogeJoel HillerdCharles Copland
J. NarramoreEphraim Hixson
(name written in German)
Forgason JacksonJesse (or Josep) Grayson
Wren GraysonStephen CheltonAdam LambJohn Scofy?
Steven Sutton Sr.Richard MoonWm HollandBenj Grayson Snr
John StanfillJames Hoose?Jonathan Basham

With thanks to Dr. George E. Fox for the transcription as well as the digital reproduction of the document.

Civil War Questionaire of Lee T. Billingsley
including the roster of Company F - Second Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry, Confederate
Also known as the Tuloss Rangers

View L.T. Billingsley's Biography



1.  State your full name and present post office address:

	Lee T. Billingsley, Pikeville, Tenn. R. #1

2.  State your age now:

	78 yrs. Oct. 1921

3.  In what State and county were you born?

	Bledsoe County, Tenn.

4.  Were you a Confederate or Federal soldier?


5. Name of your company?

	Co. F-Second Tenn. Voluntary Cavalry.	I have the blade I received
	when I enlisted.

6.  What was the occupation of your father?


7. Give full name of your father:  
	John Billingsley; born In the County of _________State Of
	North Carolina. He lived at______ Give also any particulars
	concerning him, as official position, war services, etc; books 
	written by him, etc: 

	He came to Bledsoe county with his bride in 1806 and lived here the rest of
	his life.  He was a member of the legislature for several years and Justice of 
	Peace 24 years. 

8.  Maiden name in full of your mother: 

	Jane Hoodenpile; she was the daughter of: Philip Hoodenpile and his
	wife: Jane Hoodenpile; who lived at: near Pikeville.  She was my 
	father's second wife.  

9.  Remarks on ancestry. Give here any and all facts possible in
    reference to your parents, grandparents, great0grandparents, etc., not
    included in the he forgoing as where they lived, offices held,
    Revolutionary or other war service; what country they cam from to
    America; first settled - county and State; always giving full names (if
    possible), and never referring to an ancestor simply as such without
    giving the name.  It is desirable to include every fact possible, and
    to that end the full and exact record from old Bibles should be
    appended on separate sheets of this size, thus preserving the facts from 

	My Grandfather Samuel Billingsley came from England to North Carolina when he 
	was a small boy  he was a captain in the Revolutionary war. My grandmother, 
	Mary Billingsley, came from Ireland to N.C. when she was about 15 years old.  
	My grandparents were married and reared their family in N.C. but came to 
	Bledsoe county in 1809 to be with my father.

10.  If you owned land or other property at the opening of the war, state
     what kind of property you owned, and state the value of your property
     as near as you can:

	I was a boy when the war began and only owned a little personal property

11. Did you or your parents own slaves? If so, how many?

	My parents owned 40 slaves, 23 males and 17 females.	I owned a negro
	boy who was my personal slave.

12.  If your parents owned land, state about how many acres:

	15OO acres in valley, 7000 acres on mountain

13.  State as near as you can the value of all the property owned by your 
     parents, including land, when the war opened:

	My father died in 1856, the property was undivided when the war began and
	managed by my mother,  It was valued at $85,000.

14.  What kind of house did your parents occupy?  State whether it was a
     log house of frame house or built of other material, and state the
     number of rooms it had:

 	In 1830 my father finished and moved into a 12 room brick house 

15.  As a boy and young man, state what kind of work you did.  If you
     worked on a farm, state to what extent you plowed, worked with a hoe
     and did other kinds of similar work. (Certain historians claim that
     white men would not do work of this sort before the war.)

	I did some farm work but not much

16.  State clearly what kind of work your father did, and what the duties 
     of your mother were.  State all the kinds of work done in the house as
     well as you can remember -- that is, cooking, spinning weaving, etc.:

	My father looked after the negros and farm work.  He did very little if
	any manual work.  Mother saw that each negro woman did her part of the work 
	and did it right.  Almost all the cloth used was made at home. Father raised 
	cotton and owned about 400 sheep.  Shoes for the negros were made at home.

17.  Did your parents keep any servants?  If so, how many?

	Father kept a manager or an "overseer" too (two?) of the other servants were 

18.  How was honest toil -- as plowing, hauling and other sorts of honest
     work of this class - regarded in your community?  Was such work
     considered respectable and honorable?

	For ten or fifteen years just before the war the larger land and slave-owners 
	did not regard manual labor as respectable for a gentleman altho the laborer 
	was not expected to live in idleness.

19.  Did the white men in your community generally engage in such work?

	Most of them worked for there were only a few men who owned sufficient
	property to live without working.  

20.  To what extent were there white men in your community leading lives of idleness and
     having others do their work for them?

	There were very few men who were idle all the time.  Men who did not have
	to work on the farm usually were employed in public service. 

21.  Did the men who owned slaves mingle freely with those who did not own
     slaves, or did slave holders in any way show by their actions that they
     felt themselves better than respectable, honorable men who did not own

	I do not remember whether just not owning slaves caused a man to be treated as an
	inferior, but I do remember hearing some families referred to
	as "poor white trash" 

22.  At the churches, at the schools, at public gatherings in general, did slave holders
     and non-slave holders mingle on a footing of equality?

	The more prominent men whether slave holder or not attempted to interest
	the poor people in school and church 

23.  Was there a friendly feeling between slave holders and non-slave holders in your
     community, or were they antagonistic to each other?

	With few exceptions I think they were all friendly most of the lead-ing
	men were interest in church work.   

24.  In a political contest, in which one candidate owned slaves and the other did not,
     did the fact that one candidate owned slaves help him in winning the

	I do not think owning slaves would have been a help or a hindrance
	in this county.  Very poor men seldom entered a political contest.               

25.  Were the opportunities good in your community for a poor young man, honest and
     industrious, to save up enough to buy a small farm or go in business
     for himself?

	The poor young men who really tried was helped and encouraged in every way.  I recall
	several who came to this county with almost nothing
	and in ten years owned considerable property.     

26.  Were poor, honest, industrious young men, who were ambitious to make something of
     themselves, encouraged or discouraged by slave holders?

	I think slave holders encouraged ambitious young men this was and is yet a farming 
	and stock raising community, so about the only way a young man could get along
	was to rent a farm till he could buy land of his own, or be a stock dealer.     

27.  what kind of school or schools did you attend?

	Both public and private.  The schools here before the war were only run
	2 or 3 months each year by the county.   

28.  About how long did you go to school altogether?

	About 4 years before the war and 2 years after the war closed at
	Sequatchie College. 

29.  How far was it to the nearest school?

	2 1/4 miles

30.  What school or schools were in operation in your neighborhood?

	The public school and 2 or 3 months subscription or pay school 

31.  Was the school in your community private or public?


32.  About how many months in the year did it run?

	In all about five or six months

33.  Did the boys and girls in your community attend school pretty regularly?

	Some did.  Some did not.

34.  Was the teacher of the school you attended a man or woman?

	I had both men and women as teachers

35.  In what year and month and at what place did you enlist in the service of the
     Confederacy or of the Federal Government?

	On June 16, 1861 I was mustered into service in the Confederate Army at
	Knoxville, Tenn. 

36.  After enlistment, where was you Company sent first?

	To Cumberland Gap, Tenn.

37.  How long after enlistment before your Company engaged in battle?

	I do not remember exactly but it was several months before we fought any

38.  What was the first battle you engaged in?

	The first regular battle was at Mill Springs, we were in several
	small battles or skirmishes before the battle of Mill Springs  

39.  State in your own way your experience in the War from this time on to its
     close.  State where you went after the first battle -- what you did,
     and what other battles you engaged in, how long they lasted, what the
     results were;; state how you lived in camp, how you were clothed, how
     you slept, what you had to eat, how you were exposed to cold, hunger
     and disease.  If you were in the hospital or prison, state your
     experience there:

	I was in battles at Fishing Creek, Stubensville, Ky., Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and
	several other places.  Our command was in Kentucky to relieve Morgan and we rode 
	eleven days and nights not stopping longer than two hours at one time.  I have
	eaten raw corn - green pumpkins and most anything else on these raids.     

40.  When and where were you discharged?

	At Morgantown, North Carolina, May 1865.  We were under Gen. Joe Wheeler.
	I am sending you his farewell address.  

41.  Tell something of your trip home:

	I came home horseback down through: the mountain of N.C.  I did not come
	straight home at once.  Was several months making the trip.  

42.  Give a sketch of your life since the close of the Civil War, stating what kind of
     business you have engaged in, where you have lived, your church
     relations, etc.  If you have held any office or offices, state what it
     was.  You may state here any other facts connected with your life and
     experience which has not been brought out by the questions:

	Farming.  When I reached home the fences had all been burned, the negros
	all gone except two.  The only stock mother had left was a steer. 

43.  What kind of work did you take up when you came back home?

	I have been a farmer and stock raiser all my life and have lived in Bledsoe county 
	Most of the time was spent on the farm I returned to from the war.  Twelve years
	ago I moved to my present home about four miles from that farm.  I have been a
	member of the Church of Christ for 45 years. I was Justice of the Peace 12 years
	and coroner 8 years and now am a Notary Public.  I have been married twice.  My
	last wife is still living.  I have eleven children.    

44.  On a separate sheet, give the names of some of the great men you have known or met
     in your time, and tell some of the circumstances of the meeting or
     incidents in their lives.  Also add any further personal 
     reminiscences.  (Use all the space your want.)


45.  Give the names of all the members of your Company you can remember.  (If you know
     where the Roster is to be had, please make a special note of this.)

	Tullos Rangers, known as Company F 2nd Tenn. Cal.:  

	John M . Bridgeman, 			Capt., James W. Walker, 1st Lt., 
	A.R. Couk (Cook?), 2n. Lt., 		James W. Fraley, 3rd Lt.,

	Non-Commissioned officers:  

	William Smith, 1st Orderly Serg., 	W.W. Henson, 2nd O.S.,
	L.T. Billingsley, 3rd O.S., 		John R. Robertson, 4th O.S., 
	James Dyer, 5th O.S., 			Maj. P. Swafford, 1st Corp'1.,
	James Abbet, 2nd Cpl., 			R.W. Brown, 3rd Cpl., 
	J.W. Cunningham - Wagon Master, 	Anthoney Griffith, bugler,; 

	Private soldiers: 

	James Abbet, 		James Acuff, 		J.S. Acuff, 
	Frank Burger, 		John Austin, 		Reuben Brown, 
	D.S. Brown, 		V.A. Beanerett, 	J.A. Card, 
	Andy Card, 		G.N. Campbell, 		James Cain, 
	G.W. Cain, 		John Carrick, 		Tim Daviss, 
	Will Douglas,		O.P. Durham, 		H.C. Deatherage, 
	Gav.(?) Eppison, 	G.W. Ellete, 		George Frazier,
	John Frazier, 		G.A. Findly, 		C.A. Ford, 
	James Freeman, 		J.M. Greer, 		Richard Guess, 
	John Gollihor, 		A H. Gollihor, 		T.H. Hinch, 
	S.P. Henderson, 	Thomas Hawkins, 	John Hawkins,
	W.F. Hutcheson, 	Wm. Hatfield, 		Goins Hatfield, 
	R.H. Hatfield, 		W.H. Hatfield, 		John Hodgkiss, 
	James Hearn,		Wm. Highenbottom, 	Aaron Hughes, 
	Sam Hughes, 		Dr. J.A. Hacker, 	John Jones, 
	Josh Jentry, 		John Knight,		C.L. Leiws, 
	Thomas Laster,		Houston Lamb, 		A.J. Larrimore, 
	Thomas Loyd, 		W.H. McCulley, 		J.C. McDowell, 
	James McCunah,		G.W. McDonald, 		John Mitts, 
	James Nale, 		P.J. Norwood, 		T.?(R.)H. Napp, 
	S.B. Panter, 		Leander Pope, 		L.L. Pope, 
	John Pollard, 		Adam Roberson,		Isaac Roberson, 
	G.W. Rogers, 		Alvin Reid,		Sam Robertson, 
	James Rankin, 		Reuben Rankin, 		W.A. Smith, 
	Alfred Swafford, 	Thomas Swafford, 	S.C. Stone, 
	Thaddous Simms, 	J.R. Smith, 		James Smith, 
	Dr. R.A. Stone,  	W.F. Simmons, 		W.L. Standifer, 
	L.L. Standifer, 	James Scott, 		Andrew Sherill, 
	Thomas Sherill, 	John Sherill, 		Sam Sherill, 
	I.N. Thomas, 		G.W. Taylor, 		Henry Tollett, 
	James A. Walker, 	G.W. Walker, 		A.J Walker, 
	I.E. Walker, 		Clay Wimberly, 		J.C. Worthington, 
	James Worthington, 	W, Worthington, 	S.P. Worthington,
	W.F. Worthington, 	Houston Wheeler, 	A.D. Williams,
	James White.  

	Colored or negro servants for the Company: 

	George Tulloss, James	A. Birch, 		James Ned, 
	James Taylor, 		Bird Terry, 		George Close, 
	Samuel Gallimore.  

	This list of the Company was printed in a Knoxville paper soon
	after the close of the civil war.       

46.  Give the NAME and POST OFFICE ADDRESS of any living Veterans of the Civil War,
     whether members of your Company or not; whether Tennesseans or from
     other States:

	A.K. Swafford Pikeville, R. 1, Tenn.
	W.R. Pope Pikeville, Tenn.
	Bud Wheeler Pikeville, Tenn.
	L.L. Standifer Mt. Airy, Tenn. 
	Captain W.M. Allen Dayton, Tenn.
	Frank Knight  Pikeville, Tenn.

	Newspaper clipping:  WHEELERS FAREWELL ADDRESS TO CAVALRY - Original Copy is Treasured
	Possession of the Family of Lee Billingsley -Yellowed with age, worn in two or more parts
	through constant handling, one of the proud and treasured possessions of this family of
	Lee Billingsley, a gallant soldier of Forest's cavalry, is the farewell address of
	General Joe wheeler to his comrades, issued on April 29, 1865, It was dated at
	"Headquarters Cavalry Corps" and addressed to "Gallant
	Comrades".  It follows:  

		"You have fought your fight.   

		Your task is done.  During a fours years struggle you have exhibited courage, 
		fortitude and devotion.  You are the sole victors of more than two hundred
		stubbornly contested fights you have participated in more than a thousand
		conflicts of arms; You are heroes.  You have done all that human exertions could 
		accomplish.  I desire to express my gratitude for the kind feelings you have seen
		fit to extend toward myself and to invoke upon you the blessings of our Heavenly
		Father, to whom we must all look in the hour of distress.  Brethren in the cause of 
		freedom, comrades in arms, I bid you farewell. 

		Joe Wheeler
		Major General   


	This is a copy of Gen. Joe Wheelers address.  If I have not made all the questions clear
	or if there should be any other information I could give you please let me do so.  
	I would like to see a good history of The Old South and I want to see your book when

	Yours truly, L.T. Billingsley

(N.B.:  BILLINGSLEY, LEE T., Pension No. 10718)             
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