The Tennessee 5th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, in May, 1861. Its members were recruited in Henry and Benton counties. The unit fought at New Madrid/Island No. 10, Shiloh, and Perryville before being assigned to Strahl's, Stewart's, and Palmer's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. During December, 1862, it was reduced to five companies, and consolidated with the 4th Tennessee Volunteers. It participated in the various campaigns of the army from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, returned to Tennessee with Hood, and was active in North Carolina. This regiment lost 8 killed, 68 wounded, and 12 missing at Perryville, and the 4th/5th reported 76 casualties at Murfreesborough, 33 at Chickamauga, and 63 at Missionary Ridge. In December, 1863, the 5th totaled 167 men and 106 arms, but only a remnant surrendered on April 26, 1865.
Colonels Jonathan J. Lamb, William E. Travis, and Calvin D. Venable; Lieutenant Colonels John D. C. Atkins and William C. Swor; and Major Bryan B. Bunch, Jr.
Strahl's, Stewart's, and Palmer's Brigade, Army of Tennessee.
The Atlanta Campaign
The Carolinas Campaign Rosters:
The roster of this unit contains the names of 2235 men.
Company A - Captain B.B. Bunch Jr., William H. Wilson. Men from Henry County.
Company B - Captain John H. Long, Henry F. Bowman. Men from Henry County.
Company C - Captain Thomas H. Conway - Men from Henry County.
Company D - Captain A. Wayne Caldwell - Men from Henry County.
Company E - Captain H. Corbett - Men from Benton County.
Company F - Captain Josiah H. Porter, H.T. Blanton, Jr. - Men from Henry County.
Company G - Captain James E. Fowler - Men from Henry County.
Company H - Captain J.D. Dumas - Men from Henry County.
Company I - Captain W.D. Hallum, Eliah Foust - Men from Henry County.
Company K - Captain H. W. Ballard, Joseph T. Kendall - Men from Henry County.
Company L - Captain John A. Lauderdale, J.B. Ward - Men from Fulton County, Kentucky.
Company M - Captain J.T. Winfrey, M.M. Fry - Men from Benton County. Bibliography for Research: