REFERENCE: This letter was sent to me by my cousins, Marvin & Samme Templin. Please visit their website, Templin Family Genealogy. I have transcribed the letter as it exists. The letter is not signed, but was written by one of his sons. Please visit my website, Tennessee By Blood.
Transcribed 6 May 1999
Contributed by Carolyn Whitaker
Birdsville, Cocke Co. Tenn
March 30, 1896
Mr. Henry Gibson
In answer to your letter dated March 5 in relation to my father Capt. Jefferson Denton and others my father was Captain of a Company of home or National guards. The best information I can get that was organised in the Summer 1863 my father was captured September 1861 (?) and was in the Andersonville (?) prison about 6 or 7 months. He was in 4 or 5 battels or skirmishes. He was in the battel and capture of General Vance on Cosbys Creek in this county and battels at Hackeltooth near wher Vance was captured. One battel at Hackeltooth there was 13 rebels kild. Below I will write all the names of my fathers company that I can learn of:
Capt Jefferson Denton Died Lieutenant George Templin was captured by the Rebels & never heard tell of Lieutenant John Denis Living P.O. Cosby Cocke Co. F. J. McGaha Living Birdsville P. O. A. B. Hartsell Birdsville P.O. Joseph Denis " " " Perry Lewis Kild by the Rebels John Lewis Living McK(?)iney Texas was wounded Sanders Jenkins Ded John Butler Ded Richard Templin Ded Syras Jones Captured never herd tell of Wm Hartsell Brownlow Hartsell Alac Allen Esau Hartsell Living P.O. Jones Cove, Sevier Co. Joseph Webb Kild by the Rebels Wm Huff Ded
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