WILLIAM HENRY PHIFER
25 thTENNESSEE INFANTRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 13 November 1842 in White County, Tennessee (Tombstone says 13 March 1843)
Died: 20 January 1924in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Brown's Mill Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: James M. and Martha Jane (Goddard) Phifer

1st Married: Amanda Swift about 1868 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 21 July 1849 in North Carolina
Died: 5/7 August 1882 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Brown's Mill Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: James and Elizabeth (Wallace) Swift

Children:

  1. Caroline Phifer
  2. Bradley Phifer
  3. Lillie Phifer

2nd Married: Susan Malinda Clark in October 1883 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 9 October 1861 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Died: 1 March 1935 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Brown's Mill Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Dudley and Malinda (Cash) Clark

Children:

  1. Amanda Phifer
  2. Denton Phifer
  3. Mary Phifer
  4. Ader Phifer
  5. Dudley Phifer
  6. Mattie Phifer
  7. Flossie Phifer

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother: Joseph Phifer - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

MILITARY INFORMATION

25 thTennessee Infantry
Company K

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Sergeant
  • Enlisted 16 Nov 1862 at McMinnville
  • Jan - Dec 1863: Present
  • 17 Aug 1863: Promoted by Colonel Hughes
  • 16 Nov 1862: Age is 20
  • Promoted to 1st Sergeant
  • 16 May 1864: Captured in Battle of Drewry's Bluff
  • 17 May 1864: Confined in Bermunda Hundred, VA
  • 17 May 1864: Ft Monroe, VA
  • 18 May 1864: Transferred to Pt. Lookout, MD. He was received 19 May 1864
  • 15 Aug 1864: Transferred to Elmira, NY
  • 10 Mar 1865: Paroled at Elmira, NY
  • Transferred to James River for exchange
  • 31 Dec 1862 - 13 Jan 1863: CSA Post Hospital in Dalton, GA with General Debilitas

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed 17 March 1905
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of the 25th TN Infantry Company K
  • Wounds: Ruptured in 1862 after joining army
  • Born: 13 November 1842 in White County, Tennessee
  • Enlisted 1862 in Colonel Hughes Regiment formerly Stanton's Regiment in Captain C. B. Slaten's Co. K afterwards Captain Samuel Johnson
  • Wounds: shot in the hand at Chickamauga
  • Captured at Drewry's Bluff, VA on 16 May 1864
  • Transferred to Elmira prison until 15 Mar 1865. Then released and sent to Richmond, VA.
  • Joined with General Dibrell's army until the war ended.
  • Made his way home with some of Dibrell's men: Mack Wilhite, William Officer, John C. Watson
  • 2nd wife is 42
  • One son age 12; 4 daughters ages 18, 16, 8, 6
  • Attest: T. A. Hennessee & W. R. Moris & J. A. Phrasier

Supporting Documents:

  • R. E. L. Proffett (6 Mar 1905) - Supports his claim
  • ? Alcorn (18 Mar 1905) - Supports his claim
  • H. D. Whitson (18 Mar 1905) - Supports his claim
  • S. F. Carr (21 Mar 1905) - Supports his claim
  • W. H. Phifer (13 Nov 1905) - Request Status of application
  • Tennessee Bureau of Pension Examiners (16 Nov 1905) - Send status of application
  • W. H. Phifer (1 Jan 1906) - WHP was captured and sent to prison
  • J. T. Pointer (1 Jan 1906) - Tax Assessment
  • J. F. Dyer (1 Jan 1906) - Physical Exam - J. A. Phrasier
  • (1 Jan 1906) - Supports his claim

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed: 5 February 1924
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County, TN, all of her life
  • Born in Putnam County in 1857
  • Maiden Name: Susan Clark
  • Husband was W. H. Phifer born about 1843 in Putnam County
  • They were married in October 1883 in Putnam County by Thomas Clouse
  • He died on 20 Jan 1924
  • They had two boys and seven girls. One son was still living with her.
  • Witness: W. R. Norris
    • He had known her about 20 years.
    • He had known her husband about 62 years.
    • B. H. Stockton was captured at Petersburn, VA and W. R. Norris was with him.

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (9 Jan 1906) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (12 January 1906) - Returns Service Records

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 36
  • 1860 Census: White County, TN, Page 31
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 128
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 94A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 51B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 54B
  • 1920 Census:

OBITUARY

Putnam County Herald
1 March 1935
Vol. XXXIII
No. 10, Page 1

  • SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR MRS. W. H. PHIFER -- Funeral services for Mrs. Susan Clark Phifer, 74, who died at Pleasant Hill Friday, were conducted Saturday at Brown's Mill, by the Reverand Sam Edwards and Reverand George Pennington. Burial took place at the Brown's Mill Cemetery. Mrs. Phifer was born and reared in the Dry Valley community, and was married in 1883 to W. H. Phifer. She was a member of the Baptist Church and had led an outstanding Christian life. She had been ill of pneumonia for 3 weeks preceding her death. Mrs. Phifer is survived by five children, Mrs. Amanda Wheat, Mrs. Mattie Davis, of Cookeville, Benton Phifer of Nashvillle, Mrs. Melvin Huffines of Brotherton, and Dudley Phifer of Dry Valley, 2 step-sons, B. S. Phifer of Sparta and J. F. Phifer of Cookeville; also survived by two brothers, Sid Clark and Robert Clark of Sparta and a sister Mrs. Cora Hitchcock of Sparta.

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