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Captured at Big Creek Battle, Rogersville, Tennessee, November 6, 1963

Organization of the 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment, U.S.A., begun at Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky, in August 1861, according to TENNESSEANS IN THE CIVIL WAR, Part 1, p. 378. The 2nd Infantry became Mounted Infantry in Kentucky in June 1862.

The 2nd TN Mounted Infantry Regiment,U.S.A., was captured at the Battle of Big Creek at Rogersville on November 6, 1863. The muster rolls of the regiment are defective, a large portion of them having been captured with the regiment at Rogersville. The captured prisoners were taken by rail to Richmond Virginia where they were checked in at Belle Isle, the officers transferred to Libby Prison and the enlisted men were railed back to Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

Private Hubbard Blaylock

Cpl Michael Blaylock

Cpl Michael Blaylock from Cumberland County, TN, was captured but exchanged and sent back to his unit. Pvt. Hubbard Blaylock was also captured and sent to Andersonville prison where he died of an abcess. Both men were in the 2nd Tn MI, Co "D". This information from Larry Blaylock, Sparta, TN, 2012; Cpl. Michael Blaylock was his great-great grandfather; Pvt. Hubbard Blaylock was his great-great uncle.

Private Andrew Owen

Private Andrew Owen was in D Company of the 2nd, which was enrolled at Camp Dick Robinson, September 1, 1861, with men from Fentress and Cumberland Counties; mustered in at Camp Wild Cat, Kentucky, October 24, 1861; mustered out at Knoxville, October 6, 1864.

It was at Andersonville where Private Andrew Owen died. The Grave no.#1753, Code no. 11753, Rank: Private; Company: D; Regiment: 2; State: TN; Branch of Service: Infantry; Date of Death: 6/9/1864; Cause of Death: Diarrhea c; Remarks: A OWEN P. 64 [3]; Reference: P. 64 [3]; P. 563 [13]; Place Captured: Rogersville; Date Captured: 11/6/1863; Status: Died at Andersonville.

Photo and information on Pvt. Andrew Owen from Darren Wm. Smith, CA (February 1, 2011)

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Capt. Joseph Dickson Underdown, Co. K., 2n Tennessee Infantry US

Capt. Joseph Dickson Underdown Co.K. was captured at Rogersville, sent to Libby Prison, Camp Oglethorpe in Macon, Georgia and later Camp Asylum in Columbia, South Carolina. Escaped from Camp Asylum Feb 1865,

Also from the same company, 2nd Tennessee Infantry US, and captured with Captain Underdown at Big Creek, Rogersville, Tennessee were:

1st Lt. Gilbert White Underdown Co. K. Captured at Rogersville, escaped in the night according to his pension records. Reported at Knoxville and remained with the remnants of regiment until the end of the war.

Pvt. Pleasant Lee Underdown. Captured at Rogerville and probably escaped at the same time as his brother "White." Not clear, but " Ples" as he was called reported at Knoxville and remained with the remnants of regiment until the end of the war.

Pvt. Caleb Hickman Co. K. Captured at Rogerville. Died at Belle Isle prison.

(All four of these men were Great-Great-Grand-uncles of Bob Underdown from whom this information was received - September 27, 2011)

Local Men Captured at Big Creek

(* Identified as Hawkins County, some of the others are also, some Hancock)

2nd East TN Volunteer Infantry (Mounted)

1st Sgt.Ancil T. Hilton (died in captivity); Cpl. Alfred D. Boyd (died in captivity); Pvt. James I. D. Boyd (died in captivity); Pvt. Samuel Bishop (paroled or exchanged); Pvt. Watson Collins (died in captivity); Pvt. William T. Dempsey (paroled or exchanged); Pvt. Nathan Emert (died in captivity); Pvt. John W. Fondrin (died in captivity); Pvt. Joseph W. Garland (died in captivity); Pvt. William Hodge; Pvt. James I. Julian (paroled or exchanged); Pvt. George W. Potter (escaped); Pvt. Theophalus H. Roberts (died in captivity); Pvt. John Roberts (died in captitivy); * Pvt. Isaac Goins

8th TN Infantry

James A. Davidson

Thomas H. Brown, enlisted July 25, 1863, Hawkins Co., TN, in the 8th TN Inf. H Company, but never mustered. He deserted at Greeneville, TN, September 23, 1863. The only roll of company on which name appears and absent without leave was removed. He was captured by the enemy at Rogersville, November 6, 1863, while serving in the 1st TN Lt. Art. to which company his trasfer was comtemplated. He died at Richmond, VA, February 13, 1864, while a prisoner of war.

1st TN Lt. Artillery:

A Company:

*John G. Brummitt;

*John Dinsmore (escaped)

*Newton Richards

B Company:

John D. Conners, died Richmond, VA prison, February 8, 1864.

Wiley K. Lowe, died Richmond, VA prison, June 21, 1864.

Henry C. Avery, age 18 (also listed C Co)

C Company

*Andrew Brummitt, escaped while being taken to Andersonville, GA prison, on March 5, 1864.

John Daugherty, age 18, on detached service, confined at Richmond.

James T. Grubbs, age 22, on detached service.

John W. Logan, age 22, on detached service.

Jeremiah C. Martin, age 22, on detached service, escaped - "made my escape and arrived at the Union lines, December 7, 1864."

Joseph Martin

D Company:

Pleasant Bowlin, age 25, paroled February 21, 1864, Richmond, VA.

E Company:

James M. Brown

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