Campbell County Military
John F. Smith
Confederate Pension Application

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Transcribed by Barbara Lewallen


I, John F. Smith, a native of the State of Campbell County, Tennessee and now a citizen of Tennessee, resident at Careyville in the County of Campbell in said State of Tennessee, and who was soldier from the State of Tennessee, in the war between the United States and the Confederate States, do hereby apply for aid under the Act of the General Assembly of Tennessee, entitled "An Act for the benefit of the indigent and disabled soldiers of the late war between the States, and to fix the fees of attorneys or agents for procuring such pensions, and fixing a penalty for the violation of the same." And I do solemnly swear that I was a member of 3rd Tennessee Infantry, commanded by Col. John C. Vaughn; later served in Col.Rucken? Regiment; while in this command was captured at Fincastle?Tn,escaped and while returning ???? news of Lee's ??????????? in Campbell Co. Tn in the service of the Confederate or United States, and that by reason of disability and indigence I am now entitled to receive the benefit of this Act. I further swear that I do not hold any National, State, Or County office, nor do I receive aid or pension from any other State, or from the United States, and that I am not an inmate of any soldiers' home, and that I am unable to earn a reasonable support for myself and family. I do further solemnly swear that the answers give to the following question are true:

In what County, State, and year were you born?
Answer: In Campbell County, state of Tennessee-in the year 1830.

When did you enlist and in what command? Give the names of the regimental and company officers under whom you were served:
Answer: Joined 3rd Regiment as above stated, was detained by Col. Vaughn to purchase supplies in Campbell & Anderson Counties, served in this capicity for some 18 or 20 months, meanwhile the 3rd Regiment went to Virginia but I remained in ???? nepitism ca?? Missing defeat ?????????? Knoxville- before the Federal agent ???????????????? in rule of 1863- I joined Col. Ruckens command as stated above; in this later command my captain was Capt. Hardy of Nashville. My first Lieutenant was William Hardy-brother of Capt. Hardy.

In what battle or battles were you engaged, and, if not wounded, state what disabilities did you receive, if any?
Answer: At Chicamauga where I was slightly wounded in left ????? and in a skermish Philadelphia Tn.

What was the precise nature of you wound or disability, if any?
Answer: only slight flesh wound

Were you incapacitated for service by reason of said wound, or disability incurred?
Answer: No

Were you discharged from the army by reason of said wound or disability?
Answer: No

If discharged from the army, where were you and what did you do until the close of the war?

What was the name of the surgeon who attended you?
Answer: Don't know

How did you get out of the army, when and where?
Answer: Was sent out forgering? and was captured & taken a prisioner

Where you ever in prision? If so, state what prison and when released.
Answer: No I escaped the guard, but was unable to get back to my ca?? ????, because s???? after I got away from guard was taken down sick and was never able to get back to the Regiment.

Were you paroled? If so, when and where?
Answer: No

Do you take the oath of allegiance to the United States Government?
Answer: No

If so, when and under what circumstances?

Are you married, or have you been married?
Answer: never have been married

If so, what is the size of your family living together?

What are the respective ages of your wife and the children living with you?

To what sex do your children belong?

Are not some of your children able to support you?

In what business are you now engaged, if any, and what do you earn?
Answer: None not able to do any work

What estate have you in your own right, real and personal, and what is its value?
Answer: None

What estate has your wife in her own right, real and personal, and what is its value?

How have you derived support for yourself and family for the last five years?
Answer: from my kin people

Do you use intoxicants to any extent?
Answer: no.

How long have you been an actual resident of the State of Tennessee?
Answer: all my life

Have you and attorney to look after this application?

If so give his name and address?

Witness my hand, this 23rdday of May ,1909
John E Brown, clerk

WITNESSES: ?????? Smith

???????????? Physician.

????????????? Witness

William E. Cannon Witness

Campbell County} 1,Geo W. Ellison Trustee of said county, certify that John F Smith has no property, nor wife with________acres, valued at$_____ of personal property.

Witness my hand this 7 day of June 1909

Geo W. Ellison Trustee

If applicant and his wife have no property the Trustee must so certify.

State of Tennessee,
Campbell County,}

Personally appeared before me John E. Brown Clerk of the County Court of said County, the above named John F. Smith the applicant, with whom I am personally acquainted, and having the application read and fully explained to him, as well as the statements and answers therein made, made oath that the said statements and answers are true.

Witness my hand at office, this 23rd day of May 1909

John E. Brown Clerk

Campbell County}

Personally appeared before me, M D Gleason a Notery Public of said County, the above named Wm McKee MD one of the subscribing witnessses to the foregoing application, and who is a physician of good standing, and begin duly sworn says that he has carefully and thoroughly examined John F. Smith the applicant, and finds him laboring under the following disabilities:

????????? hernia

and ??????????????????????

Witness my hand at office, this 26th day of May 1909.

M.D.Glesson Notery Public

(If possible, the two witnesses as to character should have served with the applicant in the army, and if so, let them, or either, state it in their oath; also any other information regarding applicant's army service.)

Campbell County}

Personally appeared before me, John E. Brown Clerk of the County Court of said County, the above named Robt Dossett and William E. Cannon two of the subscribing witnesses to the forgoing application, with whom I am personally acquainted, and know to me to be citizens of veracity and standing in this community, and who make oath that they are personally acquainted with the foregoing applicant, and that the facts set forth and statements made in this application are correct and true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and that they have no interest in this claim, and that said applicant's habits are good and free from dishonor. And _____ further make oath to the following facts touching the applicant's service in the Confederate army:

That they know from general reputation of applicants service in the army and of his return home in winter of 1863-4 after seige at Knoxville, and we have good reason to believe his said statements as to his said service and believe they are true in all respects.

Witness my hand at office, this 26th day of May 1909.

John E. Brown, Clerk



Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners

Nashville, Tenn. June 11, 1909

Gen. F.C. Ainsworth,

Adjutant General

Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:

John F. Smith

Who is an applicant for Pension under the Tennessee Pension law, claims to have been a member of Company Third (Vaughn's) Regiment ???????????????????C.S.A., and to have been later a member of Co. E. Twelf? Batton ???? ????

Please give us the record of this soldier.


George B. Guild


The County Court

Of Campbell County #11311

William Allen, Judge

John E. Brown, Clerk

Jacksboro, Tenn.,July 28th 1909

Frank A. Moses, Special Examiner ?

Dear Sir,

In reply to your letter of June 26th in relation to pension claim no. 11311 of John F. Smith in Co.E, 12th Batallin(Days) Tenn Cav. C.S.A. I have to say I have just seen the clamiant and read your letter to him and he says that he believes he is the man referred to in your letter, but that the record is wrong as to oath of allegience, He says that after the charge on Fort Sanders in Knoxville, Tenn, he with others was on a _??? Expedition out towards Andersonville Tenn and was captured and taken to Provost Marshal Peterson at Jacksboro, Tenn where an oath was administered to the other two men that was with him(one named Wheeler) and he asked ??? Peterson the Provo Marshal if he had to take the same oath and he said I refused to do so, and after some talk Peterson allowed him to go to his fathers home about 1 ½ miles distant and remained there without taking the oath, that he attempted to return to his company but the conditions were such as to prevent, and he remained at home, and in fact he says he was not physically able to make the trip. This is about the substance of what he says. I have no reason to doubt his statement(other than the record you give) as I have heard him boast of refusing to take the oath of allegience. I have no interest in the matter. You have the record and the facts. ?? Pro & con.

Respectfully, William Allen

The County Court

Of Campbell Co.

William Allen, Judge

John E. Brown, Clerk

Jacksboro, Tenn., June 7, 1909

Hon. Frank Dibnell?, Comptroller

Dear Sir,

Some days ago John F. Smith an old confederate soldier left the enclosed application with me to get the Trustee to certify which I have not been able to do until today. And now send to you. I have know said soldier ever since he was captured after the Siege at Knoxville. When he was brought to Jno Peterson then Provo Marshalto take the oath which he refused to do, and as I am advised he never took the oath. Peterson being a friend of Smithsallowed him to go to his father's house here, without taking any oath. He is now very feeble and the application appears to be badly executed he could hardly write his name and Robert Dossett one of his witnesses is in same fix ?? of this will not as you cand send him.Send him a new blank with full instructions. He did not ask me to say this, but I do so because I believe he is a monthly applicant.


William Allen




Washington, June 15,1909

Respectfully returned to the


Tennessee Board of

Pension examiners, Nashville.

The Records show that John F. Smith, private, Company C,3d Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, enlisted August 12, 1861, and was captured July 4, 1863, at Vicksburg and paroled there July 10, 1863.

The records also show that John F. Smith, private, Company E, 12th Battalion (Day's) Tennessee Calvary, Confederate States Army, enlisted June 15, 1863. On the last company roll on which his name appears, dated October 31, 1863, he is reported present.

The Union records show that J.F. Smith, private, Company E, 12th Tennessee Calvary, was one of a number of deserters who took the oath of allegiance December 12, 1863.

T C ???????

The Adjutant General

Note: Pension was denied.

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