Unit History – 3rd Tennessee Infantry (PACS)

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Was organized in May, 1861, at Knoxville, Tennessee, and mustered into Confederate service in June at Lynchburg, Virginia. Its members were recruited in the counties of Knox, Monroe, Jefferson, Polk, Blount, McMinn, Meigs, and Sullivan. The unit was engaged at First Manassas, then during February, 1862, returned to Tennessee. It then fought at Tazwell and Cumberland Gap and later was involved in the Kentucky operations. It moved to Mississippi, and assigned to A. W. Reynold’s Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, it was captured at Vicksburg on July 3, 1863. Exchanged and reorganized as cavalry, the regiment was assigned to Vaughan’s Brigade. It participated in the Knoxville Campaign, fought at Piedmont and with Early in the Shenandoah Valley, and skirmished in East Tennessee. In April, 1865, it moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and became part of President Davis’ escort, until surrendering at Washington, Georgia, on May 9. The unit reported 4 casualties at First Manassas, 187 at Raymond, and 47 at Piedmont. In May, 1864, it had 199 officers and men fit for duty. The field officers were Colonels Newton J. Lillard and John C. Vaughan, Lieutenant Colonels David C. Haskins, John J. Reese, and Samuel Tool, and Majors Joseph C. Boyd, William C. Morelock, and George W. Morgan.

From Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army, pp. 271-278

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