Born: May 1844 in Lincoln County, Tennessee
Died: 12 September 1918 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: John Green and Mary (Edwards) Smotherman

Married: Malinda Catherine Maxwell on 26 November 1866 in Williamson County, Tennessee
Born: 25 April 1851 in Rutherford County, Tennessee
Died: 10 July 1916 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery,Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Abner T. and Margaret (Smotherman) Maxwell


  1. John Smotherman (died in infancy)


  • Brother: Calvin C. Smotherman - 44th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: John J. Smotherman - 24th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


55 thTennessee (McKoins) Infantry
Duggans Company


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • 9 Dec 1861: Present
  • Age: 18 years old

44 thTennessee Consolidated Infantry
Company G


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 9 Dec 1861 at Camp Trousdale
  • Sep & Oct 1862: Left on sick furlough and was taken prisoner. Returned 17 Nov 1862. Name appears in column of names present as James Smotherman.
  • Nov & Dec 1862: Present; Wounded at Murfreesboro
  • Jan - Apr 1863: Present
  • May & Jun 1863: Present; Due CSA musket ramrod $2.00
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Absent; Absent without leave since 30 Aug 1863
  • Appears on a Roll of deserters from C. S. army at Glasgow, Ky., sent to Louisville, KY Military Prison and received there 15 Sep 1863
    • Gave himself up near Kingston, TN 25 Aug 1863
    • Reports himself at this office as desserter having in his possession discharge papers from Col Frank Wolford 23rd Army corps
  • Prisoner of War at Military Prison, Louisville, KY: Oath and parole 27 Sep 1863
  • Deserter from Rebel Army on 15 Sep 1863 at Kingston; Reported 25 Aug 1863; Discharged 27 Sep 1863
  • Oath of Allegiance
    • Date 28 Sep 1863
    • Residence: Bedford County
    • Complexion: Dark
    • Hair: Dark
    • Eyes: Hazel
    • Height: 5' 7"
    • Remarks: Conscript; Gave himself up Kingston Aug 31. Oath to remain North
  • Prisoners of War at Louisville, KY 30 Sep 186: Gave himself up at Kingston, TN on 25 Aug 1863, discharged 27 Sep 1863, took the oath and sent North.
  • Sep & Oct 1863: Deserted. Absent without leave since 30 Aug 1863. Dropped from rolls 19 Oct 1863 S. O. No 13 Report ?? dated 28 Jan 1863



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  • Filed 10 October 1910
  • Rejected
  • Resident of Baxter, TN
  • Member of 44th Tennessee Infantry
  • Born in Lincoln County
  • Enlisted abt Nov 1861 in 44th TN Infantry Regiment, Company G, Captain Dugan, Capt. Sam Warner; General Sidney Johnson; Col. Fulton and Col Bushrod Johnson; Gen Cleborn
  • Battles: Shiloh; Mumfordville, KY, Perryville, KY, Murfreesboro, Beechgrove, Elk River Bridge
  • Wounds: mini ball hit below right knee and cut out five inches below on right side of leg at Murfreesboro
  • Taken Prisoner near Loudon and transferred to Lousiville, KY; released in the winter of 1864
  • Married: Wife is 58; no children
  • Wife: M. C. Smotherman
  • Attest: Robert A. Maxwell and C. W. Maxwell

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (11 Oct 1910) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (13 Oct 1910) - Sent Service Records
  • JHS (21 May 1913) - Captured near Loudon in 1863
    • He was with his command near Campbell Station side of the river near Loudon
    • Moved to the North side and had nothing to eat
    • Said to Captain, dec'd, that he was going to get something to eat
    • About 3 miles from camp, he was sitting and eating some butter and peaches that he had gotten out of a spring, when Federal soldiers stepped up on him from the direction of the house
    • He surrendered and was taken to Kentuckey
    • He was asked to take the oath twice and refused.
    • He was transferred to Louisville, KY and put in a prison with 100 unfortunate comrades
    • Naked, barefooted, bareheaded, hungry and discouraged, he took the oath with 500 - 600 others
    • He has been ashamed ever since.
    • The officers in prison were talking about taking the oath and were so discouraged that they did not know what was best for them to do
    • The prison was filthy, alive with lice, filled with diseases, small pox, diarrhea & other sickness "under these influences I took that nasty oath."
    • He was sent north of the Ohio River and stayed there long enough to work out money to come home
  • JHS (29 Oct 1913) Restatement -
    • He fought with his command at Cave City, Perryville, Stones River, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Beechgrove; Murfreesboro to Chattanooga and around Loudon; "if I had of had soemthing to eat I would have fought them to the end."
    • Before Loudon, each man had 1/2 ear of corn a day. Some days did not even get that.
  • JHS (29 Oct 1913)- He is ruptured on the right side and is unable to support his wife. They will starve before they go to the county alms house.
  • Special Examiner (28 Nov 1913) - Pension disallowed


  • 1850 Census: Rutherford County, TN, Page 214
  • 1860 Census: Bedford County, TN, Page 233
  • 1870 Census: Rutherford County, TN, Page 329
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 179A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 173A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 208B