Born: 7 May 1824 in Wilson County, Tennessee 
Died: 8 Aug 1901 in Putnam County, Tennessee 
Buried: Leftwich Family Graveyard, Putnam County, Tennessee 
Parents: Hugh Webb and Martha "Patsy" (Pemberton) Carlen

Married: Sarah Caroline "Sallie" Holiday on 6 November 1845 in Jackson County, Tennessee 
Born: 9 Oct 1820 in Jackson County, Tennessee 
Died: after 1870 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Stephan and Henrietta (Draper) Holiday


  1. Surena/Savannah M. Carlen
  2. James Anthony Carlen
  3. Emily Eudora Carlen
  4. Sarah Elizabeth Carlen
  5. Nancy Henrietta Carlen


4th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion
(also known as Hamilton's or Shaw's Cavalry Battalion)
Company A


  • Entered the military as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 21 Dec 1862 at Jackson County, TN: "On Roll"
  • Various Payroll Statements



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  • Filed: 14 Nov 1899
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Buffalo Valley, Putnam County
  • Member: Company A, 4th Bn. Cavalry, Captain O. P. Hamilton, WBC commanded Company A as Captain, in General Dibrell's Brigade
  • Wounds: Chronic inflammation of liver
  • Born: 7 May 1824 in Wilson County, TN
  • Enlisted in the latter part of 1861 under Captain O. P. Hamilton's Company
  • Wife is dead
  • 1 son and 4 daughters
  • Attest: George M. Moore and T. A. Head

Supporting Documents:

  • J. H. Curtis (23 Apr 1900) - Supports claim


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 249
  • 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 240
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 186
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 165B
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 3B


The Cookeville Press
15 August 1901
Vol. XV, No. 33, P. 1

W. B. Carlen Dead. On the 8th day of August 1901, Capt. William B. Carlen died at the home of his daughter near Buffalo Valley in this county. Capt. Carlen had been in feeble health for some time and his death was not a surprise to his neighbors and intimate friends. He was about seventy-seven years old at the time of his death. Although he never sought or held office, he was widely and favorably known in this and surrounding counties. When the war broke out he raised a Company became attached to Shaw's Battalion which was afterwards, we believe, a part of Dibrell's Brigade. After the death of Maj. Shaw, Capt. Carlen succeeded to the command of the Battalion and remained with it until the surrender. He was a gallant fearless soldier, a firm but considerate officer always, careful of the rights of the boys under his command. Like all other worthy confederate soldiers, after the war was over he returned to his home in Rock Spring Valley and resumed his place on the farm where he remained until the end. Capt. Carlen was an active and intelligent man, sober, honest and manly at all times and places. He was a proessor or religion, but never joined himself to the church. He was a member of Pat Cleburne Bivouac and also of Pat Cleburne Camp U C. V. of Cookeville and had been for several years, and stood high in the councils of each. His amiable wife died many years ago and his children all married and provided home of their own, among whom J. A. Carlen, Circuit Court Clerk of this county, is the eldest son. Peace to his memory.


  • Tennessee Putnam County Family Records including Carlen, Jared, Huddleston, Hargis, Maddux & Richmond Families(Page 1)