William A. Owens joined Co. D of the 31st Tennessee Mtd. Infantry commanded by Col. W. M. Bradford. (This regiment was later changed to the 39th Tennessee due to the coincidence of another 31st Tennessee in West Tennessee also commanded by a Col Bradford.) He joined on Feb 18, 1862. After 1 year of service, William Owens was discharged. He returned to Hawkins County where he became captain of a loosely knit band of scouts & paroled soldiers, including his son Alfred Owens. They were under the command of Gen. John C. Vaughn. (Several of these soldiers were from the 31st /39th TN who had been captured, then paroled at Vicksburg, including his son Alfred.) According to a biography of William’s son John, he also joined his father’s band at age 13 until the end of the war.The William J. Owens in Ashby's 2nd Tenn Cavalry (Confederate) and 4th Cavalry Battalion ?