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Cathey Lowry Rowan Waren

Obituary of Jacob Cathey Waren, Sweetwater, Tennessee.

Jacob Cathey Waren was born December 25, 1842, in Roane (now Loudon) County, Tenn., and died at his home, near Sweetwater, Tenn., May 11, 1915. His father, Jacob Waren, was born in Virginia, but came to Tennessee as one of the pioneers of Loudon County. His mother was Mary Cathey, daughter of George Cathey, a scout in the Revolutionary War, and she had five uncles with Jackson in the War of 1812.

When the call for volunteers was sounded throughout our beloved Southland in 1861, among the first names enrolled was that of Jacob Cathey Waren, who enlisted July 27 in Capt. John A. Rowan's Cavalry company, which was afterwards known as Company G, 2d Tennessee Cavalry, Ashby's Brigade, Hume's Division, Wheeler's Corps, Army of Tennessee.

Captain Waren was never captured, was never wounded enough to be kept out of battle, and was never absent without leave. He was perhaps in as many battles and skirmishes as any soldier in the army, having served under General Caswell, later under General Zollicoffer in East Tennessee and Kentucky, under General Smith in Bragg's campaign in Kentucky, with General Ledbetter on his raid in Morgan and Scott Counties in 1862, with General Pegram on his raid into Kentucky in 1863, followed General Sander's Federal raid through East Tennessee, with General Wheeler on his famous raid around Rosecran's rear, with General Longstreet at Knoxville, then down into Georgia-Ringgold, Tunnel Hill, Buzzard Roost, Rocky Face, Dalton, Resaca, Calhoun, Cassville, Kingston, Lost Mountain, New Hope Church, near Marietta. He went on secret service into East Tennessee for General Wheeler; next down to Alabama, near Gadsden; then to Aiken, S. C., Allston, and Lancaster; charged the Yankees with Warren's Scouts at White's Store, N. C., and Hornsboro, S. C.; on to Fayetteville and Bentonville, N. C.; and at Goldsboro he charged with his scouts and other troops placed under his command.

The most important part of Captain Waren's service to the Confederacy was renedered as a scout, in which capacity he served the greater part of the time during the war. He was recommended by Colonel Kuhn to the commanding general as the best scout in his regiment. General Humes recommended him for promotion and asked that he be appointed as chief of scouts on his staff for his important service as a scout and in securing important information in regard to the movement of the Federal army. In a council of war held a short time before the surrender General Wheeler stated to several of the leading officers then with the Army of Tennessee (including General Allen and several other generals) that Waren was the best scout in the army and the best woodsman in the world. General Wheeler appointed him chief of scouts just a short time before the surrender. On account of the nature of his service as scout, etc., General Sherman would not allow him the terms of surrender granted other Confederate soldiers, so he was never paroled. General Wheeler gave him a "pass at will," which pass,dated April 20, 1865, was perhaps the last ever issued to a Confederate soldier.

After the fall of the Confederacy Captain Waren accepted the changed conditions and set about to help build up his country and in his citizenship reflected honor, as did his soldiership for the Confederacy. For a number of years he was sheriff of Monroe County and served with fiselity. In 1882 he was elected trustee, and he represented his county in the legislature in 1902.

His love for the Confederacy and his belief in its principles were strong to the last. He was always deeply interested in anything that pertained to the Confederate cause, and tom him the annual reunions were love feasts. Loving the Stars and Bars as he did, he was true to the Stars and Stripes as the flag of his reunited country. "His courage knew no bounds, his heart no fear."

The Gen. J. C. Vaughn Chapter, U. D. C., of Sweetwater, passed resolutions in honor of "one dear to us all the ties of paternal love and whom we revered-as gallant a soldier as ever wore the gray."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1916.

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