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McKay Stevens Wagoner Whitfield

Obituary of Thomas Whitfield, Williamson County, Tennessee.

Thomas Whitfield was born in 1839, and died on July 6, 1922, eighty-three years of age. He spent his whole life in Williamson County, Tenn., near where he was born. In May, 1861, he enlisted in a company made up by Capt. Lewis Wagoner, which afterwards became a part of the 10th Tennessee Infantry. After the organization of the 20th Tennessee Infantry, he was transferred to that regiment and was with it at the battle of Fishing Creek, Ky., in January, 1862. The army retired to Corinth, Miss., and he was there discharged on account of ill health just before the battle of Shiloh, but he and two other comrades went into that battle with discharges in their pockets. One of them, Tom Stevens, was killed; Tip McKay was wounded, but Whitfield came out unhurt. He returned to Tennessee, but when Bragg's army came to Murfreesboro, he went to his company, though, his health not being then recovered, he was not sworn into the service. He was with the regiment in the fighting around Murfreesboro, December, 1862, and January, 1863; was also at Hoover's Gap in June, 1863, and at Chickamauga and MIssionary Ridge, where he was captured. He was taken to Rock Island prison and released in April, 1865. Returning home, he bravely took up his duties and became one of the leading members of his community, also of the Church and Masonic Lodge. He was a good citizen, and a true and loyal friend, and every inch a man.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1922.

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