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47th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry

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47th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry


Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 47th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry completed its organization in December, 1861, at Camp Trenton, Gibson County, Tennessee. At Chickamauga only a remnant surrendered in April, 1865. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

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.


Company A (Captain J. R. White) later William Stacy, organized December 1, 1861.  Many men from Obion County

Company I (Captain William S. Moore) Many men from Obion County

Company H (Captain B. E. Holmes) later Captain W. H. Holloman.  Many men from Obion County

Company D (Captain W. M. Watkins) - many men from Dyersburg, Dyer County

Company E ( Captain G. B. Miller) - many men from Dyersburg, Dyer County
  The information  above is from The Goodspeed History of Tennessee, Vol. 12


Company B (Captain William Gay) - many men from Gibson County

Company F (Captain J. L. Branch) - many men from Gibson County

Company G (Captain Joseph Carthell) - many men from Gibson County

Company K (Captain Green Holmes) - many men from Gibson County

  The information above is from The Goodspeed History of Tennessee, Vol. 12

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,325 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Lindsley, John B. The Military Annals of Tennessee: Confederate, First Series; Embracing a Review of Military Operations, with Regimental Histories and Memorial Rolls, Compiled from Original and Official Sources. 1886. Reprint. Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Co., 1974. (Family History Library book 976.8 M2L.) Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive.   Memorial rolls of the 47th Tennessee Infantry begin on page 544.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).