The Tennessee 7th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Camp Trousdale, Sumner County, Tennessee, in May, 1861, and in July, moved to Staunton, Virginia. The men were raised in DeKalb, Smith, Sumner, and Wilson counties. It participated in Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign and for a time served under General T.J. Jackson. Later it was assigned to General S.R. Anderson's, Hatton's, Archer's, and McComb's Brigade. It fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from Seven Pines to Cold Harbor, then was involved in the long Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox Courthouse Campaign. This regiment reported 72 casualties during the Seven Days' Battles, 34 at Cedar Mountain, 26 at Second Manassas, and 38 at Fredericksburg. It lost 11 killed and 45 wounded at Chancellorsville, and forty-six percent of the 249 engaged at Gettysburg. The unit surrendered 6 officers and 41 men.


    Colonels John A. Fite, John F. Goodner, and Robert Hatton; Lieutenant Colonels John K. Howard and S.G. Shepard; and Major William H. Williamson.




    The composite roster of this regiment contains 1,821 names.

    Field Staff and Band
    Company A - Captain John F. Goodner, Robert V. Wright, Jonathan S. Dowell - Men from Alexandria, DeKalb County.
    Company B - Captain John A. Fite, John Allen - Men from Smith County.
    Company C - Captain James Baher, John D. Fry, Oliver H. Foster - Men from Gallatin, Sumner County.
    Company D - Captain James M. Anderson - "The Harris Rifles" - Men from Wilson County.
    Company E - Captain DeWitt C. Douglass, James Franklin, Robert G. Miller - Men from Gallatin, Sumner County.
    Company F - Captain Nathan Oakley, Asaph Hill, John C. Sloan - "The Stateville Tigers" - Men from Wilson County.
    Company G - Captain Samuel G. Shepard, James H. Bond, Wilham F. Graves - "The Hurricane Rifles" - Men from Wilson County.
    Company H - Captain John K. Howard, William H. Williamson, William N. Tate, Fergus S. Harris - "The Grays" Men from Wilson County
    Company I - Captain Joseph A. Anthony, William E. Curd, James O. Bass - "The Silver Spring Guards" - Men from Wilson County.
    Company K - Captain Robert Hatton, Thomas H. Bostick, Archibald D. Norris - "The Blues" - Men from Wilson County.




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