Beaty's Company, Tennessee Independent Mounted Scouts (Union)
"This company was organized in Fentress County early in 1862 by David Beaty, or Beatty, better known as Tinker Dave." It was apparently never mustered into the regular U.S. Service, but Major General Ambrose E. Burnside authorized it to act as scouts, and operate in the regions of Overton and Fentress Counties in combating Confederate guerrillas. Captain Beaty stated his men never drew any pay, but were supplied with arms and ammunition by the Federal authorities." 
"Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer contains no history for this unit.
- 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.
- Tennesseans in the Civil War, Miscellaneous Federal Organizations, (accessed 29 Jan 2012). A brief history.
- O'Neal, Michael R., The Civil War on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, (accessed 29 Jan 2012). (EDITOR’S NOTE— This article, on the Civil War in Scott and surrounding counties, was completed in May 1982 as part of a history course at Middle Tennessee State University. it represents a rare glimpse of how America’s most bitter struggle touched the lives of those who resided in one of the most isolated areas of the country. For the purpose of ease in reading and with the author’s permission, some 140 footnotes have been omitted from this article. O’Neal‘s paper was first published in the Winter and Spring 1986 Newsletters of the Scott County Historical Society and is reprinted here with permission.)
- Welch, David, Tinker Dave Beaty tells why he rose up against Champ Ferguson, (accessed 29 Jan 2012). Special to the Herald Citizen.