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Paternal Grandfather of Roy Acuff was a "home-grown" east Tennessee Yankee.

Coram Acuff...Enlisted & mustered on 7/26/1862 as a Private, into "D" Co. TN 1st Infantry, Union Volunteers, later transferred to Company A, 18 years old. He was Mustered Out on 7/21/1865 at Knoxville, TN. His brothers, William P. & James S. may have served in the Confederate army. He was the paternal grandfather of Roy Acuff, "The King Of Country Music."

Goodspeed's "BIOGRAPHY OF UNION COUNTY, TENNESSEE (1887)" - "Hon. Coram Acuff, a lawyer, was born in Grainger County August 23, 1846, the son of Simeon and Susan, (Strange) Acuff... He served in Company D, First Tennessee Federal Infantry... [In 1874] he was elected county court clerk of Union County and was twice re-elected, serving twelve years. In 1886 he was admitted to the bar, having read and learned of the law during his clerkship. He was a representative of two counties in the Legislature in 1887-88." According to family historian Judd Acuff, Coram, while a Representative in the Tennessee General Assembly in 1887-1889, was the first former Federal soldier in the Tennessee Legislature who voted in favor of pensions for Confederate veterans. Coram also served as Union County Clerk from 1896-1910......provided by L. K. Perry
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Internal Dissent: East Tennessee's Civil War, 1849-1865.
by Meredith Anne Grant

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East Tennessee, though historically regarded as a Unionist monolith, was politically and ideologically divided during the Civil War. The entrance of the East Tennessee and Virginia and East Tennessee and Georgia railroads connected the economically isolated region to Virginia and the deep South. This trade network created a southern subculture within East Tennessee. These divisions had deepened and resulted by the Civil War in guerilla warfare throughout the region. East Tennessee’s response to the sectional crisis and the Civil War was varied within the region itself. Analyzing railroad records, manuscript collections, census data, and period newspapers demonstrates that three subdivisions existed within East Tennessee – Northeast Tennessee, Knox County, and Southeast Tennessee. These subregions help explain East Tennessee’s varied responses to sectional and internal strife. East Tennessee, much like the nation as a whole, was internally divided throughout the Civil War era.

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East Tennessee, though historically regarded as a Unionist monolith, was politically and ideologically divided during the Civil War. The entrance of the East Tennessee and Virginia and East Tennessee and Georgia railroads connected the economically isolated region to Virginia and the deep South. This trade network created a southern subculture within East Tennessee. These divisions had deepened and resulted by the Civil War in guerilla warfare throughout the region. East Tennessee’s response to the sectional crisis and the Civil War was varied within the region itself. Analyzing railroad records, manuscript collections, census data, and period newspapers demonstrates that three subdivisions existed within East Tennessee – Northeast Tennessee, Knox County, and Southeast Tennessee. These subregions help explain East Tennessee’s varied responses to sectional and internal strife. East Tennessee, much like the nation as a whole, was internally divided throughout the Civil War era.

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“Mere Supplicants at the Gate”: Northeast Tennessee Politics in the Antebellum Era
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Antebellum political historians have long studied the era between Andrew Jackson’s election and the secession crisis through the colored knowledge of the Civil War. This project is an effort to reverse that trend. It explores northeast Tennessee’s political culture from the late 1830s through the start of the Civil War. It reveals that the Second American Party System, a wave of new enfranchised voters, and the area’s demographics mixed together to lay a foundation for the aggressive and populist political style that permeated the region from the 1830s through the 1850s. At the heart of these issues was the transition of power from East Tennessee to Middle Tennessee. As a way to analyze the region’s political culture, I look specifically at Democrats Andrew Johnson and Landon Carter Haynes and Whigs William Brownlow and Thomas Nelson.

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Antebellum political historians have long studied the era between Andrew Jackson’s election and the secession crisis through the colored knowledge of the Civil War. This project is an effort to reverse that trend. It explores northeast Tennessee’s political culture from the late 1830s through the start of the Civil War. It reveals that the Second American Party System, a wave of new enfranchised voters, and the area’s demographics mixed together to lay a foundation for the aggressive and populist political style that permeated the region from the 1830s through the 1850s. At the heart of these issues was the transition of power from East Tennessee to Middle Tennessee. As a way to analyze the region’s political culture, I look specifically at Democrats Andrew Johnson and Landon Carter Haynes and Whigs William Brownlow and Thomas Nelson.

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Fifth Infantry
TENNESSEE UNION VOLUNTEERS
(3-YEARS)

Fifth Infantry. -- Col. James T. Shelley, Lieut.-Cols.,
Fremortin Young, Charles C. McCaleb, Nat Witt; Majs., Joseph
D. Turner, David G. Bowers.

This regiment was organized at Barboursville, Ky., by Col.
Shelley, of Roane county, Tenn., in March, 1862. As a part of
Spear's brigade it participated in the operations around
Cumberland Gap during the summer of 1862, also in the retreat
from that place, and subsequently in the battle of Stone's
River.

It was present at Chickamauga, and took an active part in the
battle of Missionary Ridge. In the Georgia campaign it formed
a part of Manson's brigade, and with the remainder of the 23rd
corps returned to fight Hood before Nashville.

It was mustered out by companies at different dates from March
29 to June 30, 1865, by reason of expiration of term of
service.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 380

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Report of Col. James T. Shelley, Fifth Tennessee Infantry,
of operations May 14.

CAMP IN FIELD, June 14, 1864.
I have just received your note, and contents noted. I beg leave to
report the following facts concerning the Resaca battle:

We (the Second Brigade) were ordered at between 10 and 11 o'clock
to advance through an open field, which we did, and drove the
enemy from their first line of rifle-pits, where we engaged the enemy
for three hours and forty minutes, when we were relieved by the
Fourth Army Corps. I lost in killed, 16 men; wounded, 92; commissioned
officers, 6; missing, 14; total, 128.

Respectfully,

JAS. T. SHELLEY,
Col. Fifth Tennessee Volunteers.

Lieut. C. D. RHODES,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Second Brigade.

P. S.--A great many of the wounded here reported have since
died from their wounds from want of attention, as I am told.

JAS. T. SHELLEY.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 732-73 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. [CHAP. L.
[Series I. Vol. 38. Part II, Reports. Serial No. 73.]


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Nashville, TN after battle report:

No. 140.

Report of Maj. David G. Bowers, Fifth Tennessee Infantry, of operations
November 22-30, 1864.

HDQRS. FIFTH Regt. EAST TENNESSEE VOL. INFTY.,
Nashville, Tenn., December 5, 1864.
SIR: In compliance with circular just received, bearing date of the present
instant, I respectfully submit the following report of the operations of the
Fifth Regt. Tennessee Volunteers, viz:

On the 22d of November, at daylight, I received orders to march, and took
up the line of march from Pulaski, on the Columbia pike, and arrived at
Lynnville at 11 a.m., a distance of twelve miles from Pulaski. At Lynnville
we went into camp, and remained quiet until 1 p.m. November 23, at which
time I received orders from Gen. Cox to report to Col. Casement,
commanding Second Brigade, Third Division, and at the brigade, and
marched until 7 p.m., and then went into camp, having marched a distance
of eleven miles. I received orders to be ready to march at 5 o'clock on the
morning of the 24th, and took up the line of march at daylight toward
Columbia. We arrived at Columbia at 10
a. m. same day, having gone eight miles, and took position to the south of
the town, and received orders to construct works of defense. At 2 p.m. I
moved to the right and to the southwest of the town, and took position in line
of battle, my right resting near the Mount Pleasant pike, and facing to the
south. We there constructed a line of breast-works and sent out skirmishers,
who engaged the enemy. We remained in that position until 7 p.m. on the
25th, when we received orders to be ready to move at a moment's notice.
About 11 p.m. we moved slowly through the town, and crossed the Duck
River; moved up the river half a mile, and rested for the night. Capt.
Sparks and thirty men were on picket, and did not cross the river until the
morning of the 27th. On the 26th one man of Sparks' detail was wounded.
On the morning of the 26th we moved in position, and there remained until
the 29th. At 7 p.m. on the 29th we were ordered into line, and marched out
half a mile on the Franklin pike, and took position behind earth-works to the
left of the pike. We remained there half an hour, and then took up the line
of march for Franklin. We arrived at Franklin at 5 a.m. on the morning of
the 30th, having marched twenty-three miles during the night. Capt. Ragle,
Company K, and thirty men, brought up the rear of the brigade from
Columbia, and arrived at Franklin about 9 a.m., having lost one man, who,
from fatigue, was left by the way, and probably fell into the hands of the
enemy. On the night of the 29th our wagons were attacked by the enemy,
and one of them burned or destroyed, containing regimental baggage. Part
of our baggage, which was sent to Pulaski, by instructions from Col.
Henderson, for want of transportation, was destroyed on the 23d, including
part of the regimental and company books and papers.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

DAVID G. BOWERS,
Maj., Cmdg. Fifth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.

Capt. C. D. RHODES,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

Source: Official Records
CHAP. LVII.] CAMPAIGN IN NORTH ALA. AND MIDDLE TENN. PAGE 428-93
[Series I. Vol. 45. Part I, Reports, Correspondence, Etc. Serial No. 93.]
.....................................................................................................................

Report of Col. James T. Shelley, Fifth Tennessee Infantry, of operations May 14.
CAMP IN FIELD, June 14, 1864.
I have just received your note, and contents noted. I beg leave to report the following facts concerning the Resaca battle:

We (the Second Brigade) were ordered at between 10 and 11 o'clock to advance through an open field, which we did, and drove the enemy from their first line of rifle-pits, where we engaged the enemy for three hours and forty minutes, when we were relieved by the Fourth Army Corps. I lost in killed, 16 men; wounded, 92; commissioned officers, 6; missing, 14; total, 128.
Respectfully,
JAS. T. SHELLEY,
Colonel Fifth Tennessee Volunteers.

Lieut. C. D. RHODES,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade.

P.S. A great many of the wounded here reported have since died from their wounds from want of attention, as I am told.
JAS. T. SHELLEY.

-from The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. ; Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part II) page 732.
 
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Thomas Jackson Pelfrey: 25 years old when he enlisted on 11/1/1862 as a Sergeant into "D" Co. TN 5th Infantry Union Volunteers. Intra Regimental Company Transfers into companies, D, K & I. Fought at Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville, as well as participated in the Carolina's Campaign. He was born in Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee, but lived most of his life in Rhea County. Described as 6' 2 1/2" dark complexion, yellow eyes. He was Mustered Out on 6/30/1865 at Nashville, TN. Died on April 14, 1912 (the same day the Titanic went down).

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My fourth great grandfather, Lewis Shaw, was from Jonesborough, Tennessee. He served with company D of the 8th Tennessee Volunteer Calvary. I've researched his service records and was finally able to find his grave site. It was not easy at first, due to his name being misspelled.

I then happened upon a significant document. It is from his pension file with the United States National Archives. It is a handwritten letter from one Captain George McPherson, commanding officer of Company D, 8th Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Calvary. His written words leave little doubt as to this being Lewis Shaw's final resting place. This document came about due to my 4th great-grandmother having to hire lawyers out of Knoxville, Tennessee. She had to sue the federal government for her husband's pension. All because his name had been misspelled.

I petitioned the Veterans Administration to replace his headstone. I just want a proper memoriam befitting the sacrifices made by this man. He fought in the Mexican-American War with Co.L, of the 5th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment and was disabled due to his service. Although disabled, he volunteered to be a scout with the 8th Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Calvary in 1864. He was captured in Morristown, Tennessee and died in captivity in the Confederate prison in Danville, Virginia.

Another letter that I came across from Captain George McPherson, described Lewis Shaw as "an uncompromising Union man." This was not a very popular stature to have in the mountains of upper East Tennessee at the time. In fact, he had to hide out in the woods for a long period of time, due to his neighbors persecuting him for his beliefs. A true Tennessee Volunteer and devout American.

Lewis Shaw enlisted in the Union Army (Company D, 8th Tenn Cav) in September, 1863. Went missing in action at Morristown, TN on or about Nov. 13, 1864. Was captured by Confederate forces of Major Gen. Breckenridge and later confined in the Confederate POW prison in Danville, VA. Was admitted to the prison hospital in Danville, VA. Dec. 21, 1864 and died there on feb. 26, 1865.

Has anyone had any experience with the VA replacing a headstone? Also, any information anyone has on the 8th Tennessee Volunteer Calvary would be greatly appreciated.

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My fourth great grandfather, Lewis Shaw, was from Jonesborough, Tennessee. He served with company D of the 8th Tennessee Volunteer Calvary. I've researched his service records and was finally able to find his grave site. It was not easy at first, due to his name being misspelled.

I then happened upon a significant document. It is from his pension file with the United States National Archives. It is a handwritten letter from one Captain George McPherson, commanding officer of Company D, 8th Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Calvary. His written words leave little doubt as to this being Lewis Shaw's final resting place. This document came about due to my 4th great-grandmother having to hire lawyers out of Knoxville, Tennessee. She had to sue the federal government for her husband's pension. All because his name had been misspelled.

I petitioned the Veterans Administration to replace his headstone. I just want a proper memoriam befitting the sacrifices made by this man. He fought in the Mexican-American War with Co.L, of the 5th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment and was disabled due to his service. Although disabled, he volunteered to be a scout with the 8th Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Calvary in 1864. He was captured in Morristown, Tennessee and died in captivity in the Confederate prison in Danville, Virginia.

Another letter that I came across from Captain George McPherson, described Lewis Shaw as "an uncompromising Union man." This was not a very popular stature to have in the mountains of upper East Tennessee at the time. In fact, he had to hide out in the woods for a long period of time, due to his neighbors persecuting him for his beliefs. A true Tennessee Volunteer and devout American.

Lewis Shaw enlisted in the Union Army (Company D, 8th Tenn Cav) in September, 1863. Went missing in action at Morristown, TN on or about Nov. 13, 1864. Was captured by Confederate forces of Major Gen. Breckenridge and later confined in the Confederate POW prison in Danville, VA. Was admitted to the prison hospital in Danville, VA. Dec. 21, 1864 and died there on feb. 26, 1865.

Has anyone had any experience with the VA replacing a headstone? Also, any information anyone has on the 8th Tennessee Volunteer Calvary would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello COUSIN Bruce Miller! Hope you're still on here. I just now saw your above post. Lewis Shaw was also my ancestor (2nd Great Grandfather)! I researched him years ago, and on my first trip to Danville, I did not find his grave (not looking for a SHOW). Second trip found him. I contacted the government folks about getting a replacement stone for him, but they would not approve it. Thanks to CCMDCSA for responding to your post - otherwise, I would never have seen it. So, Bruce Miller, if you're still out there - lets get in touch!
 
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Thanks go out to @lelliott19 for transcribing the Dr.'s application.

Carter County in upper East Tennessee was predominantly Union during the Civil War. It was the home of Daniel Ellis, well known to Confederates as "the Old Red Fox" that piloted numbers of Union men across the mountains into Kentucky and the Federal Army. But there were a few folks with southern sympathies.

One was physician Green Turner Magee. In July following the end of the war, Dr.Magee applied to the new U.S.President, East Tennessean Andrew Johnson for a pardon for being sympathetic to the Confederate cause.

Elizabethton, Tennessee
July 15, 1865

To His Excellency Andrew Johnson
President of the United States
Your petitioner Green T Magee a citizen of Carter County Tennessee respectfully represents to your Excellency that he has been a consistent Rebel in his feelings and sentiments since the beginning of the late civil war, but has never been connected in any way with the rebel service nor held any civil appointment under either Government. He is by profession, is a Physician and during the entire war has remained quietly at home in the practice of Medicine, visiting and attending upon Union and Southern citizens without distinction. He has never been arbitrary in his treatment of Union citizens, but he used all proper efforts in their behalf in the way of saving them from arrest and securing their property from seizure -- He would cheerfully have availed himself of the benefits of your Excellency's general Proclamation of Amnesty, but is excluded therefrom by reason of a Presentment now pending against him in the Circuit Court of the United States at Knoxville for aiding and abetting the Rebellion. He has taken and subscribed to the oath required by said instrument which is herewith shown as evidence of his desire to return again to his true allegiance.

Petitioner, therefore, prays your Excellency to grant him a special pardon for his past offenses thus enabling him again to become a loyal citizen which he has for a long time past greatly desired.
Very respectfully
G. T. Magee

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COLONEL OF THE 13TH
A number of citizens along with the Colonel, Assistant Surgeon, and Captain Samuel Scott of Company G Union 13th Tennessee Cavalry endorsed his application."....We therefore respectfully recommend that your Excellency grant him a special pardon for his nominal connection with the Rebellion, fully believing that he will henceforth be a true & loyal man in his support of the Government." The 13th TN was the Union regiment credited with killing John Hunt Morgan. Mostly made up of East Tennessee exiles, many of their families were persecuted in their absence, and showing mercy to Rebels was not their usual fare. The good doctor was no doubt well thought of.
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DR JAMES CAMERON, ASSISTANT SURGEON

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CAPTAIN OF COMPANY G, SAMUEL W. SCOTT STANDS IN THE CENTER. HE AND S.P. ANGEL PUBLISHED A HISTORY OF THE 13TH IN 1902.

The 1860 census of Carter County, Tennessee shows Dr.Magee living with his mother, Priscilla Land in household # 1. North Carolina is given as their birth State. I may well be related, but I fail to find them anywhere in the 1850 census.
 
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