|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1931|
John was born in a log cabin "at Knox, Ga.", and moved with his family to southern Tennessee as a young boy. Although his father was a soldier for the Confederacy, John and his younger brother ran away and joined the Union Army in 1864. He was a member of the Battery A, 1st Tennessee Light Artillery. His obituary lists a story that he told about a narrow escape from enemy forces while he was out foraging during the war:
"We had chickens, hams, eggs, molasses and other foodstuffs we had taken from stores and farmhouses when two Confederate soldiers surprised us from the rear. My buddy and I and two Negroes who had helped us, lost little time in getting away. I dropped everything I had in my knapsacks and beat it for the road. When I got a few hundred yards ahead of the Confederates I made a nose dive into a briar thicket and hid there until almost nightfall. I thought they might come back and I wasn't taking any chances then. I crept most of the way back to the company."
John married Sarah Pickett in February 1865 at Pulaski, Tennessee. After the war he worked as a farmer and a coal miner in the area of Knoxville, Tennessee until his retirement. Several years later, he and his wife moved to Evansville, Indiana. He was part of the Outer Guard of Farragut Post No. 27, G.A.R. He died of bronchial pneumonia.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 35, lot 5, gr 9
Created by: Brenda Legate
Record added: Apr 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25697130
Private Battery A 1st Tennessee Light Artillery.|
Added: Apr. 25, 2008