HOMER A. POWERS
16 thTENNESSEE INFANTRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 15 November 1840 in Rome, Georgia
Died: 13 July 1913 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Probably in Burnt Stand Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee (Graves in Burnt Stand Cemetery were relocated during the mid to late 1960s to other cemeteries to make room for the TN Tech Football field).
Parents:

Married: Elizabeth Drucilla/Loucilla Cleghorn on 15 March 1864 in Coffee County, Tennessee (listed as H. A. Powell to Elizabeth D. Claghorn)
Born: 7 May 1840 in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Died: 28 October 1917in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Burnt Stand Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee (Graves in Burnt Stand Cemetery were relocated during the mid to late 1960s to other cemeteries to make room for the TN Tech Football field).
Parents: Unknown and Sarah (Unknown) Cleghorn

Children:

  1. Winfield Powers
  2. Sarah Powers
  3. Mary Powers
  4. Diadam Powers
  5. Nancy Powers
  6. Homer Powers
  7. Ben Powers

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother-in-law: Benjamin Harrison Wooten - 50th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Wyatt Cleghorn - 4th Tennessee (McClemore's) Cavalry Regiment

MILITARY INFORMATION

16 thTennessee Infantry
Company E

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 23 May 1861 at Camp Harris
  • Jul - Oct 1861: Present
  • Discharged 28 Feb 1862
  • Age: 24

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

S8599

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed December 3, 1906
  • Accepted
  • Widow's Application #W5059
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member: Captain Calvin C. Brewers Co. E of the 16th TN Regiment
  • Born: Rome, GA on 15 November 1840
  • Enlisted: May 1861 in Captain Calvin C. Brewer's Co. Col. Jno H. Savage's Regiments
  • Battles: In charge of Dr. Mauzy's medicine wagon; In some engagments in VA and Pacalagi, SC
  • Disease: Rheumatism
  • Discharged in April or May 1862 to go home in Coffee County
  • Resident of TN for 58 years; Moved to Coffee County when 8 years old; Has been in Putnam County for 34 years
  • Attest: R. E. L. Proffitt & J. H. Verble

Supporting Documents:

  • 27 Nov 1906 - HAP
    • Has been a citizen of Putnam County for 34 years
    • Moved to Coffee County from Rome, GA by mother when he was 8 years old
    • Most of his service: detailed to drive and take charge of medicine wagon of Dr. Mozey
    • On 1 Jan 1862, he was taken ill at Louisburg, VA with pneumonia and typhoid fever.
    • HAP was at White Sulfur Springs, VA for about 3 weeks.
    • Transferred to Knoxville, TN for about 3 weeks.
    • Went to rejoin unit at Pocataligo, SC about 6 weeks
    • Came down with Rheumatism
    • Honorably discharged
    • Went to his home in Coffee County. His left hand was badly frost-bitten in the winter of 1861. He lost the use of his left hand.
    • Returned to Coffee County which was infested with Calvin Bixby's gang of bushwhackers and guerrillas. It was their practice to kill every with CSA papers in possession.
    • Family members and friends begged him to destroy papers
    • Wyatt Cleghorn read papers and urged him to destroy them
  • 27 Nov 1906 - Wyatt Cleghorn - supports statements relating to discharge papers
  • 27 Nov 1906 - J. H. Verble - Tax Assessment
  • 27 Nov 1906 - H. D. Whitson - Supports his claim
  • 30 Nov 1906 - Algood Moore - W. H. Cleghorn is a Justice of the Peace
  • 30 Nov 1906 - Whitley Hyder - Knows Wyatt Cleghorn
  • 30 Nov 1906 - R. E. L. Proffitt - Knows Wyatt Cleghorn
  • 30 Nov 1906 - Daniel Brown - Knows Wyatt Cleghorn
  • 30 Nov 1906 - Mike Moore - knows Wyatt Cleghorn
  • 1 Dec 1906 - Mary Wooten -
    • The Civil War began; She was living with her brother Wyatt Cleghorn in Coffee County.
    • HAP volunteered for the army in May 1861.
    • In Spring 1862, HAP was discharged and went to his brother's home.
    • Her husband, Ben Wooten, was also a Confederate soldier.
    • Wyatt Cleghorn was also a Confederate soldier.
    • Mary is a sister HAP's wife.
    • HAP had a discharge. Coffee County was infested with Col. Bray's gang of guerillas. They were killing and robbing Rebels. HAP was persuaded to destroy papers.
    • HAP lives with his son-in-law Thomas Lee.
  • 1 Dec 1906 - Elizabeth D. Powers - wife of HAP and sister of Mary Wooten; kept discharge papers for several months with her; Mother, brother and Simon Roberts advised him to destroy the papers.
  • 1 Dec 1906 - J. H. Verble - Knows Wyatt Cleghorn
  • 1 Dec 1906 - J. T. Pointer knows HAP, his wife, Wyatt Cleghorn, and Mary Wooten
  • 1 Dec 1906 - Zeb L. Shipley, MD - Knows Wyatt Cleghorn and HAP
  • 1 Dec 1906 - A. A. Reagan - Supports his claim
  • 3 Dec 1906 - Tennessee Bureau of Pension Examiners - Service Records Request
  • 7 Dec 1906 - War Department - Sent Service Records
  • 9 Dec 1906 - E. H. Boyd - Mary A. Wooten prepared new application and W. C. Cleghorn is unable to come to town

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

W05059

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  • Residence: Mrs. Loucilla Powers resides at RFD #4 Cookeville.
  • Born: 7 May 1840 in Hawkins County, Tennessee
  • Moved to Coffee County about the time she was grown. After marriage moved to Putnam County
  • Husband: Homer A. Powers, born 11 November 1839 and reared in Coffee County
  • Married: 5 March 1868 in Coffee County by Rev. Thomas Jackson
  • Husband enlisted at Manchester at the beginning of the war
  • Husband was a pensioner
  • Died: 13 July 1913
  • Children: 8 children, 4 are dead, 4 living - 2 sons and 2 daughters
  • Date: 15 July 1913 at Putnam County
  • Witnesses: Richard Cleghorn and Mrs. Mary A. Wooten

Supporting Documents:

  • Richard Cleghorn (15 July 1913) -
    • Reared in Coffee County, but have lived in Putnam County for the past forty years.
    • At the time of the Powers marriage, he was living on the farm with Mrs. Powers family.
    • Homer A. Powers and Mrs. Loucilla Powers were married in the Spring of 1865.
    • Homer A. Powers was badly crippled with rheumatism, and Mrs. Powers' mother objected to the marriage because of Homer's rheumatism.
    • On the day of their marriage, Mrs. Powers pretended to go in the field to take dinner to her brother.
    • She was met in the cornfield by Homer A. Powers, Rev. Thomas Jackson, and 2-3 young men (including Richard Cleghorn).
    • They were married in the cornfield.
  • Mrs. Mary A. Wooten (15 July 1913) -
    • Resident of Putnam County
    • Widow of Benjamin H. Wooten, a Confederate solider
    • Sister of Mrs. Loucilla Powers, widow of Homer A. Powers
    • Loucilla's maiden name was Cleghorn
    • Loucilla married Homer A. Power on 5 May 1865 by Rev. Thomas Jackson
    • They lived as husband and wife until his death 13 July 1913.
    • At the time of their marriage, Mary Wooten and Loucilla Powers were living with their mother in Coffee County.
    • The Wooten's and the Powers moved to Putnam County years ago.
  • E. W. Boyd (24 July 1913) - is acquainted Mrs. Loucilla Powers and supports her claim for a pension.
  • Frank A. Moses, Special Examiner (8 April 1914) - Please state the legal fees you paid or promised to pay.
  • Loucille Powers (16 Dec 1914) - E. W. Boyd sent for her to come to his office the evening after Homer Powers was buried and told her to come by the next day.
  • Special Examiner (7 Jan 1915) - Enclosed is a copy of the law pertaining to legal fees for requesting a pension.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: Coffee County, TN, Page 80 (Listed as Homer Shanack living in the home of John and Elizabeth Shanack)
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 85B
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 8B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 22B

OBITUARY

  • The Cookeville Press, 13 July 1913, Page 1
    HOMER POWERS PASSES INTO THE UNKNOWN - An Old Confederate Soldier, Full of Years and Glory, He Goes in Final Peace to [?] the Last Great [?] - Death of Homer A. Powers, Gallant Confederate Soldier  - Homer A. Powers, an old and highly respected citizen, died Saturday night at his home tow miles northwest of this city. He was eighty years old and served gallantly throughout the Civil War, in the Confederate Army. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife and several grown children. The funeral took place at Burnt-Stand Graveyard at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. 

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