Mystery Monday~Company D 7th Regiment Alabama Calvary~Civil War

John Gibson Kennedy Military Plaque

John Gibson Kennedy served in Company D 7th Regiment of the Alabama Calvary.  After application to the government, these plaques are placed on the graves of honorably discharged veterans.  So many stories have been floating around concerning John Kennedy and his time he served in the Civil War.  I searched high and low and far and wide looking for information last night concerning this matter.  Very little information is out on this particular troop.  The questions I need answered are as follows:  When did he enlist?  Could it have been that he didn’t enlist until the battles happened at Corinth and Iuka?  Did he enlist before then, and if so where was he when these battles were fought?  Was he close to home or fighting somewhere else at that time?  The 7th Alabama Cavalry Regiment was organized at Newbern, Hale County, Al on  22 July 1863. This regiment was to become part of the brigade of General James H. Clanton. Recruits came from Greene, Montgomery, Pickens, Randolph, and Shelby counties.  I have found no information of any troops out of Mississippi as of yet, but I am sure they were there, just need documentation for proof.   They were ordered to Pollard, Escambia County, AL where they remained in that vicinity for almost a year or so under the command of General Clanton.  In July of 1864, the Seventh Regiment consisted of  451 men.  Where Company D was, I have no idea at the moment for they were not serving as one command.  Two companies were with General Page and eight companies rode with Colonel I.W. Patton. The 7th was later attached to W.W. Allen’s, B.M. Thomas’, and Bell’s Brigade.  In the fall of 1864, the 7th reported to Gen’l Nathan Bedford Forrest at Corinth, Mississippi and was reassigned to Rucker’s Brigade.  At some point the 7th Regiment  took part in the raid on a Union supply depot at Johnsonville, Tennessee, on 3 October 1864 which caused millions of dollars in damage. In December of 1864, they fought in with General John Bell Hood, who was the last commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee in the Second Battle of Franklin. Hood was Forrest’s commanding officer and they had a huge argument when Forrest demanded permission to cross the river in order to cut off the escape route of the Union Major General John M. Schofield’s army. Finally, Forrest was given permission and made the attempt but was defeated.  After the Franklin defeat, Hood moved on to Nashville and Forrest led his troops on an independent raid against the garrison at Murfreesboro,TN.   Forrest fought the Union Army that was near Murfreesboro on 5 December 1864, where he and his troops were defeated.  This became known as the Third Battle of Murfreesboro.  Hood’s Army of Tennessee was destroyed at the Battle of Nashville. This was when  Forrest commandered  the Confederate Rear Guard to protect and aid what was left of the army to escape.  Because of this, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.  Once again, in 1865, Forrest was defeated when he was trying to defend the state of Alabama in  Wilson’s Raid.   Brigadier General James H. Wilson defeated Forrest in this battle. When Forrest heard the  news of Lee’s surrender, he also chose to surrender and on  9 May 1865  Forrest read his farewell address to his troops at Gainesville. Approximately 150 surrendered along with Forrest.  Was John Gibson Kennedy in this group?  Or had he already gone home?  It was very common during this time for men to leave and go home, basically for a visit ot to take care of business then go back and fight more.  Is anyone willing to help me get documentation on this?


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2 responses to “Mystery Monday~Company D 7th Regiment Alabama Calvary~Civil War

  1. Janet

    I’m very interested in how John G. joined the Alabama Calvary. Please feel free to email me for more information.

  2. Janet, I still have not found the answer to that but I am assuming (and you know what that means lol) that when the skirmish happened at Iuka, Mississippi, that was when he joined the Alabama Calvary, for they were there then. If you have any other ideas to this, I would love to know 🙂

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