Tennessee Genealogy Research by Debbie W. Spero

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Private Peter Hackett of Smith County, Tennessee

by deb - March 29th, 2010.
Filed under: Genealogy.

I received approval and a certificate from the Civil War Families of Tennessee for Private Bailey P. Mundy of Smith Co. TN.    

My next application is for Peter Hackett of Smith Co., TN who served as a private in the 23rd Tennessee Infantry, Company G, CSA.  Peter was my great-great-great grandfather on my dad’s side.

Peter Hackett was born 1821-1823 in Buckinham Co. VA.   A Hackett Family Bible record says 1823 and Peter answered 1821 on his application for a pension for his service in the Civil War.   Peter died in Smith Co. Tennessee in 1908!

Peter Hackett served about 6 months and was honorably discharged because he had contracted typhoid fever.    In his application for a soldier’s pension, filed in 1903, Peter wrote that…I was not wounded in any battle…was discharged with typhoid fever and am now unable to earn a living on account of old age and general disability.   He further stated that he was discharged…at Murfreesboro, Tenn in Feb 1862.    However, J.P. Bowman, known to be a reputable person, made the following statement relative to claim of Peter Hackett;   I was in same company with said Hackett and was with him at Bowling Green, KY when he was discharged.   I do not know what his disabilities was, but he was sick a good while.  I know he was discharged.  

In 1903, Peter Hackett had already outlived 2 wives.    When asked if some of his 7 children were not able to support him, Peter answered that…they are not able, but would not let me suffer if they could help it.     He also stated that he had lived with one of his 6 sons for the past 18 years, but as for “his estate”, he had…nothing but a little personal property valued at $25.  Peter further stated that he had been a resident of the state of Tennessee for 72 years.  

 A witness, Thomas Hackett, (relationship not stated) made oath…that he (Peter Hackett) was a good solider and was always at his post and Thomas Hackett further stated under oath that I know he (Peter Hackett) was honorably discharged and I carried his discharge to him.    I guess that even though two different places were given for his discharge, that fact that he “was honorably discharged” was proven.   His application for a soldier’s pension was accepted.

I have now filed applications to the Civil War Families of Tennessee on all of the known Civil War soldiers on my dad’s side of the family, BUT there are a few more names I want to research a little more to see if they, too, didn’t serve in the Civil War–Silas James Lankford, Elijah H. Russell and David Colby Sutton, all of Smith Co. TN

5 Responses to Private Peter Hackett of Smith County, Tennessee

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    Good luck,
    Joan

  2. Very nice. Congrats and best wishes!

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Bill ;-)

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    Author of “Back to the Homeplace”
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