6th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry


Historical Notes:
The Tennessee 6th Infantry Regiment, organized in May, 1861, at Camp Bearegard, Jackson, Tennessee, contained men from Haywood, Madison, and Fayette counties. After fighting at Shiloh and Perryville it was placed in General Maney's and Palmer's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. In December, 1862, it was consolidated with the 9th Regiment. The unit participated in the campaigns of the army from the Murfreesborough to Atlanta, endured Hood's winter operations in Tennessee, and ended the war in North Carolina. It had about 500 men disabled at Shiloh and there were 91 killed or wounded at Perryville. The 6th/9th lost ten percent of the 412 engaged at Murfreesboro and fifty-eight percent of the 335 at Chickamauga. During December, 1863, this command totalled 335 men and 183 arms. It was included in the surrender on April 26, 1865. Officers:
Colonels:
George C. Porter
William H. Stephens
Lieutenant Colonels:
John L. Harris
William M. R. Johns
Timothy P. Jones
Majors:
James A. Wilder
Robert C. Williamson
John L. Harris (Major, Lieutenant Colonel)
George C. Porter (Major, Lieutenant Colonel)
Assignments:
Stephens' Brigade, 1st Geographical Division, Department #2 (September-October 1861)
Stephens' Brigade, Cheatham's Division, 1st Geographical Division, Department #2 (October 1861-March 1862)
Stephens' Brigade, 1st Grand Division, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (March 1862)
Stephens' Brigade, Clark's Division, 1st Grand Division, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (March 1862)
Stephen's-Maney's Brigade, Cheatham's Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (March-July 1862)
Maney's Brigade, Cheatham's Division, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (July-August 1862)
Maney's Brigade, Cheatham's Division, Right Wing, Army of the Mississippi, Department #2 (August-November 1862)
Maney's Brigade, Cheatham's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee (November 1862-November 1863)
Maney's Brigade, Walker's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee (November 1863-February 1864)
Maney's-Carter's Brigade, Cheatham's-Brown's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee (February 1864-April 1865)
Battles:
Belmont (at Columbus, Kentucky) (November 7, 1861)
Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862)
Corinth Campaign (April-June 1862)
Perryville (October 8, 1862)
Murfreesboro (December 31, 1862-January 3, 1863)
Tullahoma Campaign (June 1863)
Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863)
Chattanooga Siege (September-November 1863)
Chattanooga (November 23-25, 1863)
Atlanta Campaign (May-September 1864)
New Hope Church (May 25-June 4, 1864)
Kennesaw Mountain (June 27, 1864)
Peach Tree Creek (July 20, 1864)
Atlanta (July 22, 1864)
Atlanta Seige (July-September 1864)
Jonesboro (August 31-September 1, 1864)
Franklin (November 30, 1864)
Nashville (December 15-16, 1864)
Carolinas Campaign (February-April 1865)

Source: Compendium of the Confederate Armies Tennessee (Stewart Sifakis, 1992, New York, New York)
Rosters:
The roster of this unit contains the names of 1516 men.

Co. "A". "The Haywood Blues." Formerly Co. "B". Men from Haywood County.
Co. "B". "The Gotten Zouaves." Formerly Co. "D". Men from Madison County.
Co. "C". "The Madison Invincibles." Men from Madison County.
Co. "D". "The Somerville Avengers." Formerly Co. "A". Men from Fayette County.
Co. "E". "The McClanahan Guards." Men from Madison County.
Co. "F". Disbanded October 1862, and men distributed to "C", "H", and "L" Companies. Men from Madison County.
Co. "G". "The Jackson Grays." Men from Madison County.
Co. "H". "The Southern Guards." Men from Madison County.
Co. "I". "The Gadsden Spartans." Men from part of Madison County, now Crockett County.
Co. "K". "The Danes." Men from Madison County.
Co. "L". "Ford's Battalion." This company was organized as part of the 55th (Brown's) Tennessee Infantry Regiment. The bulk of this regiment was captured at Island No. 10, and this company was attached to the regiment in April, 1862.
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