2nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Robison's) (Walker Legion) (Confederate)
Also called 2nd Confederate Infantry Regiment.
This regiment was organized in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6, 1861, and mustered into Confederate service on May 12, 1861 at Lynchburg, Virginia. William B. Bate was elected as its first colonel and after his promotion to brigadier general in 1862, Rutherford County native, William D. Robison, became its colonel. The regiment received its baptism of fire at Aquia Creek, Virginia on June 1, 1861. The regiment was present at the Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, but was not engaged in the battle, although it did come under fire later in the engagement. On February 9, 1862, the regiment was transferred to the Western Theatre and served with the Army of Tennessee until the surrender of the army on April 26, 1865, at Durham, North Carolina. It took part in the Battles of Shiloh, Richmond (Ky), Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, Resaca, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Jonesboro, Franklin, Nashville, and Bentonville. The regiment served in General Patrick R. Cleburne's brigade and later his division, after he was promoted to major general. During the Atlanta campaign, the regiment was transferred to General Robert C. Tyler's brigade of General Bate's division, once again serving under its former colonel. At the final reorganization of Johnston's army on April 9, 1865, the regiment was consolidated with the Eighteenth, Twentieth, Forty-Fifth, and other Tennessee regiments to form the Fourth Consolidated Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA. Two companies of the Second Tennessee Regiment were formed in Rutherford County. Company A was formed in Murfreesboro in 1861 of men from that town and other areas of the county. Company F was formed at Millersburg from men who primarily lived in the southern section of the county and a few from the northern part of Bedford County..
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Tennessee in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Tennessee in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Tennessee, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Rutherford County's Civil War by Barry Lamb (2011) - Family Stories Press, Franklin, Tennessee.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).