James M. NicholsJAMES M. NICHOLS
8 thTENNESSEE (DIBRELL'S) CAVALRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 29 June 1838 in Missouri
Died: 26 December 1925 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Lovelady Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents:

Married: Cintha Minerva Farris about 1860 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 12 August 1840 in White County, TN
Died: 20 September 1920 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Lovelady Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Joseph and Margaret (Mills) Farris

Children:

  1. Thomas P. Nichols

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother-in-law: John Farris - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Thomas Farris - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment

MILITARY INFORMATION

13 th(Gore's) Tennessee Cavalry
(also known as 8 thTennessee Cavalry)
Company H

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 Sept 1862 at White County
  • 12 Oct 1862: Present
  • Captured at Parker's Cross Roads on 31 Dec 1862
    • Transferred to Camp Butler, IL
    • Age: 22
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Eyes: Brown
    • Hair: Brown
    • Residence: Putnam County
    • Born: Missouri

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

S7650

( Download Full Pension Application)

ABSTRACT:

  • Filed November 7, 1905
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of Captain Jim Barnes Co., Col. George G. Dibrell's 8th Cavalry
  • Diseases: Asthma contracted at prison in Camp Douglas
  • Enlisted in October 1862 in Captain Jim Barnes Co. Col Dibrell's 8th Cavalry
  • Married: Wife is 66
  • Attest: George M. Moore and W. L. Dyer

Supporting Documents:

  • J. T. Pointer (4 Aug 1905) - Tax Assessment
  • James M. Nichols (5 Mar 1906) - JMN was paroled at Sparta. This parol was destroyed by fire at the Court House on 12 May 1898.
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (8 Dec 1906) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (12 Dec 1906) - Sent Service Records
  • James M. Nichols (30 Jan 1907)
    • After his release from prison, he went home for 3-4 weeks. Then he rode to Spring Hill and rejoined Dibrell's command. He rode with Gen Dibrell until before the Readyville, TN fight.
    • He was cut off right before the Readyville fight. He stayed in TN scouting and making raid s with Captain Riddle.
    • He scouted with Col. Hughes until Feb 1865
    • He went home and went into hiding until the surrender.
    • He would have reformed with command after Readyville fight if he had not been cut off from his command.
    • He scouted with Bledsoe for a while.
    • He was in the battles of Neeley Bend, Parker's Cross Roads, Franklin, Hoover's Gap, and Sparta
    • He was captured at Battle of Parker's Cross roads and put into Camp Butler Prison for 6 months.
    • While in prison, he was shot by a Yankee guard in the groin. The ball is still in his body. He was also shot above the knee.
  • Thomas Farris (30 Jan 1907) - Supports his claim
  • Special Examiner (10 Feb 1916) - JMN is suspended from the rolls.
  • James M. Nichols (12 Feb 1916) - He was suspended and wants to know who filed the charges.
  • Special Examiner (21 Feb 1916) - Make a sworn statement as to what JMN owns.
  • D. E. Slagle (23 Feb 1916) - Tax Assessment
  • Special Examiner (26 Feb 1916) - Does anyone in his family have income separate from his?
  • Rutledge Smith (6 Mar 1916) - Supports his claim
  • James M. Nichols (23 Feb 1916) - He sends in his life circumstances.
  • O. K. Holladay (23 Feb 1916) - What are the charges against JMN?
  • O. K. Holladay (23 Feb 1916) - O. K. Holladay - JMN will make a statement.
  • Petition (23 Feb 1916) - County Officials petition the state to re-instate JMN
  • James M. Nichols (9 Mar 1916) - He sends in his life circumstances.
  • Special Examiner (12 Apr 1919) - Does JMN own land in wife's name or son's name.
  • James M. Nichols (5 May 1920) - JMN was born 29 Jun 1838. He needs an increase in his pension.
  • H. D. Whitson (7 Apr 1922) - HDW wants to put him in the Old Soldier's Home
  • James M. Nichols, Jr. (9 Jan 1926) - Grandfather died at his home 28 Dec 1925.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census:
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 122
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 106A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 33A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 13B
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 8B

Photo Source: Stray leaves from Putnam County history : pioneer families, sights and sounds from the past, old school groups, Civil War soldiers, Page 233