CAPTAIN JOSEPH W. TACKETT'S INFANTRY COMPANY, CSA

Input courtesy of Dave Lee

Compiled and submitted by June SCOTT, Route 2, Box 308, Waynesboro, TN 38485

Tackett's Infantry Company is of interest to Wayne County today because it gives insight and understanding of the people of the middle and southern sections of the county during this period. Tackett's Infantry Company was raised under the Tennessee Conscription Act of 1861. The act required all men between certain ages to report for militia duty to support and protect the state.

The company was gathered in Wayne County and marched to Nashville to be mustered into active service. The company was apparently partially mustered into service on 5 February 1862, but was ordered away from Nashville before the muster could be completed. This hasty departure was a result of the fall of Ft. Donaldson and Ft. Henry. The company was probably assigned to the 54th Tennessee Infantry Regiment as it was accepted by the same Confederate States mustering officer at the time and place as companies known to have been assigned to the 54th. It was probably company "D" or "F"; which one has not been determined . The remnants of the 54th were subsequently merged with the 48th (Nixon's) Tennessee Regiment in April 1862 and no susequent record of Tackett's company has been found.

What happened to these men? It seems that the men received no equipment or arms. Neither had they been given food or medical supplies. When ordered away from Nashville, they were forced to return to Wayne County, Tennessee the best way they could. Many of these men later joined the Union Army, including the company commander, Joseph W. TACKETT, indicating that many had been forced into the Confederate Army against their will.

The following roster has been compiled from the original military records on microfilm and from the Tennesseans In The Civil War. Additional information concerning subsequent Federal service is from Tennesseans In The Civil War and from pension records and Union company rosters.

The following letter appears as a part of the microfilm copy of the company roster:

This company was ordered away from Nashville where it was being mustered into service before the muster could be consummated and this consequently is the only memorandum of the muster of the company. I certify that I mustered the men on this memorandum roll into service of which I have filed in the Adj. And Gen's Office. //s/T. O'HARA, Capt, C.S., Inf. Mustering Officer.

TACKETT, Joseph W. Captain
DAVIS, John S. 1st Lieutenant
DULIN, Dougal G. 2nd Lieutenant
WEST, Phillip 2nd ??
ANDERSON, Robert PVT. 5 Feb 1862 - Served as PVT, Co A, 2nd TN Mtd Inf. U.S.A.
ATKINSON, A.N. PVT. Served PVT. Co. A, 10th Tenn Inf. U.S.A.
ALIGHT, T. PVT. nothing further found.
ALIBER, Antny or PVT.
AILOR, Anthony PVT. age 37, 5 Feb 1862, no further enlistment found.
AUSTIN, Sanders PVT. 24 years old, not further identified.
BANKS, George H. PVT. 20 years old, nothing further found.
BARKLEY, William 28 years old, 5 Feb 1862, nothing further found.
BEAVERS, Thomas J. 18 years old, nothing further found
BECKHAM, David PVT. 22 years old, served in either Co. F, 6th Cav. U.S.A. or Co. A, 10th Tenn Inf. U.S.A.
BISHOP, William H. PVT. age 22, following note on his card: Oklahoma Confederate Home, Ardmore, OK.
BISHOP, William Henry PVT. L. GARDNER's Command, CARTER's Regt. Tenn. Inf. 1914. "Not found on roll of above company."
BOSHING, P.H. or
BOSHEER, Pakin H. PVT. no further enlistment found.
BROWN, Ruben Z. PVT. age 25, possible enlistment in Co. D, 2nd Tenn Mtd. Inf. U.S.A.
BRYANT, Gray CPL age 22, served PVT, Co. B, 2nd Tenn Mtd. Inf. U.S.A. [wife drew federal pension]
COOPER, George W., Jr. PVT. age 20, served ? Co. B, 7th Cav. U.S.A.
COOPER, George W., Sr. PVT. age 20?, served ? PVT
CURTIS, William PVT.
DAVIS, William B. PVT.
DAVIS, James H. CPL
DAVIS, John S. LT
DODD, Andrew K. PVT.
DODD, Elijah PVT.
DULIN, Dugal G. 2LT
FOSTER, Francis PVT.
FOSTER, George W. PVT.
FRAZIER, Peater PVT.
GARNER, John PVT.
GEAMS, Abraham PVT.
GEAMS, William W. PVT.
GILLCHRIST, Daniel PVT.
GREEN, James B. PVT.
HASE, Newton PVT.
HENRY, John PVT.
HILL, Andrew J. PVT.
HILL, Cason PVT.
HOLT, John PVT.
HORTON, David PVT.
HORTON, George S. PVT.
HORTON, Henry PVT.
HORTON, James PVT.
HORTON, Stephen S. PVT.
HUGHLING, Elison PVT.
INGRAM, william SGT
KING, Jasper PVT.
KING, Joseph H. SGT
LAXON, _______? PVT.
MAJORS, Isaac PVT.
MARTIN, Henry PVT.
MARTIN, James PVT.
MARTIN, William T. PVT.
McWILLIAMS, James PVT.
MEDCIFF, Joseph PVT.
MELSON, John A. 2ndSGT
MEWBORN, John C. PVT.
MORRIS, Thomas PVT.
NICHOLS, James PVT.
NORTHCUTT, William PVT.
PHILLIPS, Jackson 1stSGT
POWELL, Robert PVT.
RUSCO, John W. PVT.
SHEPHARD, Elijah T. PVT.
SHEPHERD, William N.Y. PVT.
SISK, William P.K. CPL
SMITH, Joseph PVT.
SMITH, William M. PVT.
STANDFIELD,Thomas F. CPL
TACKETT, David R. PVT.
TACKETT, Joseph W. CPT
TACKETT, Phillip PVT.
TACKETT, P.U.J.W. PVT.
TACKETT, Wiley Blount PVT.
TALLEY, Levi PVT.
TALLEY, Pleasant PVT.
TUCKER, Eli PVT.
TUCKER, Franklin V. PVT.
VICKERY, William H. PVT.
WEST, Joseph R. 4th SGT
WEST, Phillip R. 2ndLT

Mrs. Scott states that she has genealogical information on some of the people listed in this company, particularly CPT. Joseph W. TACKETT and other TACKETT members. If you have any additional information concerning members of TACKETT'S Infantry Company, please contact Mrs. Scott.

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posted 10 February 1998