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Subject: Re: [TNSUMNER] Sumner Co. History August 12, 1862
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 06:14:04 -0000
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Surnames: Read, Wallace, Morris, Carney, Hunter, Mayes
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My great-great grandfather William Benjamin Read, eldest son of Guilford and Elizabeth (Wallace) Read, born 15 Oct 1829 Nashville lived at Gallatin, Sumner Co. TN after mid-January 1853. Confederate Pension Application: Sumner Co. TN # S6090 Unit: 9th (Ward's) Cavalry. Company E.
He also served with the 15th Tennessee Cavalry, Company H, listed as a blacksmith, and in Captain Richard McCann's Cavalry Squadron which was probably comprised mostly of men from Davidson County. No muster rolls have been found.
As part of Ward's 9th TN Cavalry, he fought December 7, 1862 at the Battle of Hartsville in Sumner Co. TN (later Trousdale Co.) and at Glasgow, Kentucky December 25, 1862 in the "Christmas Raid" also as part of Ward's 9th Cavalry, but under Gen. John Hunt Morgan. On March 25, 1863, he was part of McCann's Co. K. 9th Tennessee Cavalry Regt. riding under Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest scoring a Confederate victory by defending Brentwood in Williamson County. By May of 1863, he again was with Company E in Smith, White, Jackson, Fentress, Overton, Putnam, and De Kalb Counties, and at Cookeville, TN on May 6, 1863. On June 11, 1863, Morgan and his "Raiders" left Alexandria, TN for the greatest of his raids through Indiana and Ohio.
While riding with Lt. Col. William W. Ward's 9th under the command of General John Hunt Morgan, William Benjamin Read was captured at Buffington Island, Ohio on July 19, 1863. As a POW, he was taken to Camp Morton (Indianapolis) and due to overcrowding, transferred on September 14 to Camp Douglas (Chicago) by rail where he suffered with thousands of other Southerners under the most inhumane of conditions. He avoided starvation and disease and survived the winter of 1864, which even Northerners agreed was one of the worst ever. He was paroled June 9, 1865. He returned to Gallatin to find his wife Amanda (Morris/Carney) Read b. 1833 Nashville, had died December 16, 1864, leaving their three sons as wards of Guilford Read, his father. William Benjamin Read lived out his life in Richland/Portland as a blacksmith and serving as a commissioner performing several weddings, overseeing the poorhouse, and keeping records and fines of illegal liquor production and the like. He m2 !
Martha Ann Hunter, a daughter of Calvin and Sarah(Mayes)Hunter in 1870. She died the 23 of July 1904, and he followed on 01 Oct 1904.
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