South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 15, 1864|
According to the 1850 Henry County, Tennessee Census and the 1860 Benton County, Tennessee Census, Zachariah was born in South Carolina around 1825. He would move to Henry County, Tennessee and marry Sarah "Sally" Ann Woods on April 23, 1842. They would have their first child the following year, James Childress, followed by William Henry in 1845, Mary Elizabeth in 1850, Martha in 1856, Monroe James in 1858, Middie Angeline in 1858 and Louise Jane in 1863. Sometime between 1850 and 1860, the family would move from Henry County to Benton County Tennessee. Then around 1862, Zachariah would be pulled into the Civil War. He would enter as a private with Company E, Regiment 7 of the Tennessee Union Cavalry. It's interesting to note that it appears from pension records, Zachariah's son, William Henry would join the Confederate army. Zachariah would find himself at Trenton, Tennessee on December 20, 1862 being attacked by the Confederate army under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forest. The Confederates would capture around 700 Union soldiers at Trenton, Zachariah being one of them.
Zachariah would again be captured later on in the war at Union City, Tennessee on March 24, 1864. He would be sent to Andersonville prison known as Camp Sumter located in Macon and Sumter Counties, Georgia. Because of the harsh conditions in the prison and lack of nutritious food, Zachariah would develop Scurvy and would die there on July 15, 1864.
The photo of the headstone was sent to me by Kevin Frye who is a historian of Andersonville. He said, "There is only one grave marked as UNKNOWN of a soldier on record to have died on the date Zachariah is reported to have died. The Unknown grave is grave number 3364. Unfortunately there are 7 on record as reported to have died at Andersonville on July 15, 1864. There is no way to say if this is the grave of Zachariah, but it could be."
Below is the record sent to me by Kevin Frye:
Code No: 37765
Grave No: 0
Last Name: Childress
First Name: Zachariah D.
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Date of Death: 7/15/1864
Cause of Death: Scorbutus
Remarks* Previously captured at Trenton, TN, December 1862. Reported to have died at Andersonville 7/15/64
Reference: TN ADG RPT: 482
Place Captured: Union City, Tennessee
Date Captured: 3/24/1864
Status: Reported to have died at Andersonville
Age at Muster:
More Information Available: NO
P. A. Little
Sarah A. Childress (1827 - 1894)
James A. Childress (1843 - 1926)*
William Henry Childress (1845 - 1936)*
Martha Elizabeth Childress Barnes (1856 - 1921)*
Middie A. McBay (1858 - 1924)*
Monroe James Childress (1858 - 1934)*
Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site
Created by: Philip Little
Record added: Feb 13, 2013
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