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Lewis B. Pilkerton, Confederate War Soldier, Private, Co. H, 18 Tennessee Infantry

by deb - March 12th, 2012.
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L.B. Pilkerton, enlisted 15 Nov 1861, in Bowling Green, KY, in Co H, 18th Regiment of Tennessee Infantry, for a period of 6 1/3 months.    This was listed on the first card of his service record, along with “absent” and “detached to Capt. Porter’s Artillery”.    

L.B. Pilkerton had only one card for his service in Capt Morton’s Company Tennessee Light Artillery:  appears on company muster roll of Capt Thomas K. Porter’s Co. Light Artillery under the heading “list of names detailed to this company from Brown’s and Palmer’s Regiments”  for 30 Sept to 31 Dec 1861.  Under remarks on this same card:  “deserted 30 Dec 1861″.

The next card for L.B. Pilkerton was for Co H, 18 Reg’t Tenn Inf for Jan and Feb 1863.    This card read that L.B. Pilkerton had enlisted 23 May 186–(left blank) in Murfreesboro by J.B. Palmer for 12 months.  He was listed as “present.”

L.B. Pilkerton was again listed as “present’ in March and April 1863; July and August 1863 and Sept and Oct 1863 in Co H 18 Reg’t Tenn Inf.  Another card read that S.B. Pilkerton, Pvt Co H 18 Reg’t Tennessee appears on a register of St Mary’s Hospital, Dalton, Georgia.  Complaint was listed as Diarrhea Chronic.  He was admitted on 28 May 1863 and returned to duty 30 May 1863.    On the roll dated 20 Jan 1864, Dalton, GA, L.B. Pilkerton, age 18, enrolled 23 May 1861, Murfreesboro, was present.

The roll dated August 1864, listed L.B. Pilkerton as absent with the remarks:  “captured at Atlanta 30 July 1864.”

Lewis B. Pilkerton’s next card listed him as Prisoner of War at Nashville, Tenn, captured by forces under Maj Gen Sherman and that L.B. was “captured near Atlanta Ga 30 July 1864″.   On his next card, L.B. Pilkerton was on a prisoner of war roll at Military Prison, Louisville, KY, received 5 Aug 1864, discharged 5 Aug 1864, “sent Camp Chase”.

On another service record card it read “received at Camp Chase, Ohio, 6 Aug 1864″.   His date of departure from Camp Chase was 13 May 1865, “released order…8 May 1865.

An “oath of allegiance” card for L.B. Pilkerton, “to the United States, subscribed and sworn to at Camp Chase, Ohio, 13 May 1865″, gave L.B. Pilkerton’s place of residence as Rutherford Co., Tenn; complexion fair; hair dk(dark); eyes blue; height 5 ft 8 in.

9 May 1905 L.B. Pilkerton applied for and his application was “accepted” for a pension given by the state of Tennessee for his service in the Civil War.   In his application he was a citizen of Readyville in Rutherford Co., TN.    He claimed both wounded in battle and disability:  rupture and rhumatism.   He gave his birthplace as “near Strawberry Plains, Jefferson Co., TN, borned 1843″.

At the time he filed his application he had living with him his wife, age 55 and two girls (daughters):  one age 25 and one age 7.     He was farming “very little”, had no real estate and a personal estate worth about $300.   His sons were assisting him up to 1905.     L.B. Pilkerton was 62 years old at the time of his pension application.

And so, another ancestor’s service in the Civil War is proven and documented.     It’s time to look for another one…

 

 

 

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