|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1847|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1864|
Residence was not listed;
Enlisted as a Private (date unknown).
"A" Co. TN 16th Infantry
AWOL 15 days prior to 1/63, 2/63 muster.
13 years old at time of enlistment.
He was from Cannon Co.
He was the youngest son of Margaret Kersey, a widow.
His older brother and two cousins were in the same company.
After deserting he returned to the Short Mt. area of Cannon and DeKalb Counties and became a feared Confederate guerilla who went by the name "Pomp Kersey".
He was killed along with other members of his gang on 7/24/64. Buried in Melton Cemetery near Short Mt. in Cannon Co.
Historical marker 2E 67 in Cannon Co. entitled "Confederate Guerrilla".
The bodies of Kersey and his men were removed from their first burial place by relatives, and Pomp's body was buried in the Melton Cemetery near Short Mountain. The inscription on his tombstone expresses his family's viewpoint quite well:
He Died for his Country
H. T. KEIRSEY
Bom Nov. 13, 1847, Joined the Confederate Army May 1861
Associated himself with a Tenn. Guerilla band Aug. 1863
and was murdered near Short Mountain July 24, 1864
Pomp Kersey's real name was Hiram Taylor Kersey, but apparently he was always called by the nickname Pomp. He was the youngest son of Margaret (Peggy) Kersey, who had been a widow for most of Pomp's life.
Pomp Kersey enlisted in Company A of Colonel Savage's 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment in May 1861, when he was only thirteen years old. His older brother and two cousins were in the same company, and they all served honorably there through the terrible battles of Perryville and of Murfreesboro, where one of his cousins was killed. The other died at Franklin in November 1864.
Hiram Kersey (1803 - 1843)
Margaret Hill Kersey (1816 - 1876)
Louisa Kersey Martin (1834 - 1911)*
Calvin Keirsey (1836 - 1892)*
Ethalynda Kersey Mason (1841 - 1914)*
Hiram Taylor Kersey (1847 - 1864)
Created by: Bev
Record added: Mar 20, 2007
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