John S. QuarlesJOHN S. QUARLES


Born: 3 January 1838 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 18 June 1921 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: James Tompkins and Mary Diana (Simpson) Quarles

Married: Amelia Fanny DeWitt on the 14 November 1876 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: about 1853 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: Between 1882 - 1900 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Parents: Allen Wakefield and Dicey E. (Davis) DeWitt


  1. James T. Quarles
  2. John S. Quarles
  3. Luke C. Quarles


  • Brother-in-law: Leonard John Lowe - 18th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: William H. DeWitt - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


8 thTennessee Infantry Regiment
Company G


  • Entered as a Private and left as a Captain
  • Enlisted 27 May 1861
  • Entered the service of the Confederacy 31 Aug 1861
  • Elected as 2nd Lieutenant om 8 May 1861 and promoted 1 Jan 1863
  • Promoted to Captain 1 Jan 1863
  • Severely wounded in the First Battle of Murfreesboro
  • Mar & Apr 1862: Present
  • May & June 1862: Elected at the Reorganization on 18 May 1862
  • Wounded at Murfreesboro and in the Hospital 31 Dec 1862
  • Mar & Apr 1863: Promoted to Capt 8 Mar 1863
  • Age: 26 (9 Jan 1864)
  • Promoted to 3rd Lieutenant
  • Various Vouches and Registration Form



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  • Filed: 15 July 1919
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Cookeville
  • Member: Company K later Company G of the 8th TN Infantry Regiment
  • Born: Jackson County on 3 January 1838
  • Enlisted: as a Private at Gainesboro on 6 May 1861 in Company K later Company G of the 8th TN Infantry. He served a year until the re-organization at Corinth, MS. He was a Lieutenant from the reorganization until the Murfreesboro Battle. He was made Captain 31 Dec 1862 and served until the surrender.
  • Battles: He was in every battle that the 8th TN Infantry Regiment was in plus Sugar Creek near Pulaski. He was wounded in all, over 20 times. He was shot once through the head. His left leg was fractured below the knee. He was shot in the neck. He was shot in the side.
  • Battles: He was in the Battle of Chickamauga and was wounded in the left arm; Battle of Atlanta was wounded in the side; Battle of Murfreesboro, he was shot through the left ear (he is now deaf). He kept fighting.
  • He is a widower. He has two aged sisters, a niece and one son living with him.. His son is Captain James T. Quarles.
  • Attest: S. S. Stanton and G. R. Glover

Supporting Documents:

  • Ernest H. Boyd (3 Jul 1919) - Supports his claim
  • John S. Quarles (6 Jul 1919) - He gives a list of his wounds
    • 11 wounds from fragments of shells while charging what was sid to be the Loomis Battery of 16 guns of which 8 are captured.
    • Wounded several times during the 100 Days Battle
    • Around Atlanta, he was struck three times with bullets
    • Also in the Battles of Franklin and Nashville
    • He covered Hood's Regiment at Sugar Creek below Pulaski.
    • Regiment was consolidated. Then General Cheatham ordered JSQ to report to General Dibrell.
  • Secretary (26 May 1921) - The Legislature increased all pension to $20. JSQ's September check will be for $60 but the June will be for $45.


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 166
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 188B
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 85A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 27A
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 37B


Putnam County Herald
23 June 1921
Vol. XIX, No. 25, Page 1

At His Home On East Broad St. Saturday Afternoon June 18th
Cookeville lost one of her oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, on last Saturday afternoon, about five o'clock, when Capt. John S. Quarles passed away at his home on East Broad St. Capt. Quarles had been in failing health for some years, but was able to walk up town and take his usual exercise up to a month ago, but since then he had been gradually growing weaker. The sad news of his demise was received with a feeling of genuine regret by his many friends and relatives in this and adjoining counties, for he was widely known and admired by a large circle. The funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. A. J. Cole and attended by a large and representative body of friends and relatives of the deceased. The remains were interred in the city cemetery at four o'clock Sunday afternoon. Capt. Quarles was 83 years of age and had spent his entire life in Jackson and Putnam counties, with the exception of the four years spent in the service of the Southern Confederacy. He had been a resident of Cookeville for the past 15 years, having moved here from Gainesboro, his native town. He was married in 1875 to Miss Fannie DeWitt of Gainesboro,; who died several years ago. He is survived by three sons, John S., and Capt. James T. Quarles of Cookeville and Luke C. Quarles of Gainesboro; also by two sisters, Mrs. L. T. Robinson and Miss Susan Quarles, both of whom made their home with him, as did Miss Annie Trigg Robinson, his niece. Capt. Quarles enlisted as a private in the 8th Tennessee Infantry of the Confederate army, April 24th, 1861, and was paroled at Washington, Ga., four years and sixteen days later. He was promoted to the office of lieutentant soon after his enlistment, and after the battle of Murfreesboro, in which engagement he received eleven wounds, was promoted to the rank of captain. He was in Johnston's Division, under the direct command of Gen. Cheatham of Nashville, and when this division surrendered, he with a number of others were allowed the option surrendering, on transferring to Gen. Dibrell's command for the purpose of escorting President Jefferson Davis to the Mexican border, and he chose the latter. He refused the parole offered him at Washington, Ga., in 1864, until he and his comrades in arms were allowed to retain their equipment. He loved the South and the cause for which he fought, and a more valiant soldier, nor a more modest one, ever marched to battle. He will be greatly missed in his community, and will long be remembered for the gallant part he played in his country' history during the dark days of the Sixties. He was a kind and loving father and a real friend to all with whom he came in contact.


  • John S. Quarles wrote an article on Company G of the 8th TN Infantry for the Putnam County Herald.