Everard Mead Patterson

Everard Mead Patterson

Warren County, Kentucky, USA
Death 17 Aug 1932 (aged 90)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 11059954 · View Source
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Everett Mead Patterson

A familiar figure is missing from the streets of Nashville and vicinity with the passing of EVERETT M. PATTERSON, whose death occurred on the morning of the 17th of August, 1932.

Comrade PATTERSON had reached the advanced age of 97 years, but was actively about up to a year or so ago, and attended Confederate reunions as long as able.

He was born near the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, his parents removing to Tennessee when he was but a child and he was reared near Antioch.

At the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the 20th Tennessee Regiment under COL. JOEL BATTLE, but he always spoke of himself as 'one of General BRAGG'S men.

Everard Meade Patterson enlisted in Company B of the 20th, and was also a member of Coleman's Scouts, where he served with Sam Davis, Dee Jobe, and many other heroes. Patterson was wounded in combat three times, and at one point after leaving the 20th for the scouts was captured by Federals while on a mission near Nashville. He was court martialed, sentenced to be shot, and imprisoned in the old Tennessee State Prison in Nashville to await execution. While there, his sister smuggled him in some civilian clothing and a small container of whiskey. He had made friends with the guard on duty, and offered to share a drink with him. Soon the guard was passed out drunk, and Patterson changed clothes, slipped between the bars of his cell window and went over the wall. Making his way to his family home (in a rural southeast area of Nashville) he came across a patrol of yankees at a neighbor's house. Bold as brass, he walked right up to them only to find them discussing the escape of the notorious Coleman Scout, Meade Patterson. After eating his fill of yankee food, Patterson told them that he knew the area well and generously offered to help search for that Rebel scoundrel if they would loan him a horse. Needing all the help they could get, the yankees provided him with a good horse to ride in search of -- himself. He soon managed to separate himself from the other searchers and ride away. He was never caught.

After the battle of Murfreesboro, he organized, under General BRAGG'S orders, a band of scouts, and he became one of the most famous scouts operating in Middle Tennessee. He was said to have induced SAM DAVIS, boy hero of the Confederacy, to become a scout and his sister, Miss Eliza Patterson [Mary Kate Patterson], married John Davis, older brother of Sam.

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  • Maintained by: Anna
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 30 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11059954
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Everard Mead Patterson (27 May 1842–17 Aug 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11059954, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Anna (contributor 47329432) .