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Anderson Sienknecht Simpson Smith Story Tadlock

Obituary of Henry Sienknecht, Oliver Springs, Tennessee.

On the 25th of May, 1916, at his home at Olive Springs, Tenn., Dr. Henry Sienknecht died at the age of seventy-eight years. He was born March 1, 1838, at Pretz, Holstein, Germany. At the age of ten years he came with his parents to the United States, locating at Wartburg, Tenn. His early education was in Morgan County schools. Later he studied medicine, graduating from the Medical Department of the old University of Nashville and the Medical Department of the University of Philadelphia.

At the outbreak of the War between the States he was practicing medicine at Jamestown, Fentress County, Tenn. He volunteered and joined the first and only Confederate company made up in that county, which was known as Scott Bledsoe's independent company. When the 4th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment was formed, commanded by Baxter Smith and Paul Anderson, this company became Company I of the regiment. Dr. Sienknecht served during the entire war in this company and regiment and surrendered with his command on May 3, 1865, at Charlotte, N. C. There was no better or truer soldier in the entire army than Dr. Sienknecht and none more beloved by his comrades. The survivors of this company always attended the U. C. V. Reunions, as well as State and Camp reunions, and Dr. Sienknecht was always among them and added much to the enjoyment of these occasions. It was at a banquet given this company that John N. Simpson, of Dallas, Tex., stated that all the honor and glory of old Company I was due to a very great extent to Dr. Sienknecht and another recently deceased comrade, Judge John W. Story, of Forrest City, Ark.

At the close of the war Dr. Sienknecht began the practice of his profession at or near Robertsville, Tenn. On October 18, 1868, he was married to Miss Barbara Tadlock, of Robertsville, who survives him with their six children, three boys and three girls, all of whom have the honor to their parents and the communities in which they live. About twenty-five years ago Dr. Sienknecht gave up his practice and moved to Oliver Springs, Tenn., and went into the general merchadise business, in which he was unusually successful. His idea of business with his fellow man were always based on honesty and fair dealing. No one stood higher in the medical profession and in the business world that did Dr. Sienknecht, and his heart and hand were always open to the poor and depressed. It is said of him that he never passed by a call for help from the needy.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1916.

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