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Tennessee Post War Questionnaire

The following is from the Tennessee Civil War Veterans' Questionnaires which were sent out to the civil war veterans who lived in the state of Tennessee.  Unfortunately, the project was done so late (between 1914 and 1922) that not many veterans were still around.

I have not corrected any grammar or spelling errors.
W. D. Craig, Company H, 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment

Form Number 2
  1. State your full name and present post office address:
    W.D. Craig, Elbridge (Obion co.) R. 2, Tenn.

  2. State your age now:

  3. In what State and county were you born?
    Maury co., Tenn.

  4. Were you a Confederate or Federal soldier?

  5. Name of your Company?
    Maury Gray; 1st

  6. What was the occupation of your father?

  7. Give full name of your father:__________; born at __________; in the County of __________; State of __________; He lived at __________; Give also any particulars concerning him, as official position, war services, etc.; books written by him, etc.
    Robert Randol Craig; S. Carolina

  8. Maiden name in full of your mother: __________; she was the daughter of: __________ (full name) __________ and his wife: __________ (full name) __________; who lived at: __________.
    Rachel Miles; S. Carolina

  9. Remarks on ancestry.  Give here any and all facts possible in reference to your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., not including in the foregoing as where they lived, offices held, Revolutionary or other war service; what country they came from to America; first settled - county and State: always giving full names (if possible), and never referring to an ancestor simply as such without giving the name.  It is desirable to include every fact possible, and to the end the full and exact record from old Bibles should be appended on separate sheets of this size, thus preserving the facts from loss.
    My great grandparents came from Ireland that is on my fathers side

  10. If you owned land or other property at the opening of the war, state what kind of property you owned, and state the value of your property as near as you can:

  11. Did you or your parents own slaves? If so, how many?

  12. Did your parents owned land, state about how many acres:
    160 A

  13. State as near as you can the value of all property owned by your parents, including land, when the war opened:

  14. What kind of house did your parents ocupy?  State whether it was a log house or frame house or built of other material, and state the number of rooms it had:
    Log 6 rooms

  15. As a boy and young man, state what kind of work you did.  If you worked on a farm, state to what extent you plowed, worked with a hoe and did other kinds of similiar work.  (Certain historians claim that white men would not do work of this sort before the war.)
    Farmed-did all kinds of work pertained to farming

  16. State clearly what kind of work your father did, and what the duties of your mother were.  State all the kinds of work done in the house as well as you can remember - that is, cooking, spinning, weaving, etc.
    Father tilled the soil in general. Mother did all cooking, spinning, weaving, and whatever came up at that time in the household

  17. Did your parents keep any servants?  If so, how many?

  18. How was honest toil - as plowing, hauling, and other sorts of honest work of this class - regarded in your community?  Was such work considered respectable and honorable?
    Yes Sir

  19. Did the white men in your community generally engage in such work?

  20. To what extent were the white men in your community leading lives of idleness and having others do their work for them?
    To very small extent, say possibly one out of 50 or 75 did this

  21. Did the men who owned slaves mingle freely with those who did not own slaves, or did slaveholders in any way show by their actions that they felt themselves better then respectable, honorable men who did not own slaves?
    They did mingle freely and did not think themselves better than other people as many do this day and time

  22. At the churches, at the schools, at public gatherings in general, did slaveholders and non-slaveholders mingle on a footing of equality?
    They did

  23. Was there a friendly feeling between slaveholders and non-slaveholders in your community, or were they antagonistic to each other?
    They were

  24. In a political contest, in which one candidate owned slaves and the other did not, did the fact that one candidate owned slaves help him in winning the contest?
    Depended on qualification and caracter

  25. Were the opportunities good in your community for a poor young man, honest and industrious, to save up enough to buy a small farm or go in business for himself?

  26. Were poor, honest, industrious young men, who were ambitious to make something of themselves, encouraged or discouraged by slaveholders?

  27. What kind of school or schools did you attend?

  28. About how long did you go to school altogether?
    Possibly not over 6 mo. all together

  29. How far was it to the nearest school?
    1 mile

  30. What school or schools were in operation in your neighborhood?

  31. Was the school in your community private or public?

  32. About how many months in the year did it run?
    about 4 mo.

  33. Did the boys and girls in your community attend school pretty regularly?
    about as to present time

  34. Was the teacher of the school you attended a man or woman?

  35. In what year and month and at what place did you enlist in the service of the Confederacy or of the Federal Government?
    In the year 1861 about April

  36. After enlistment, where was your Company sent first?
    To Nashville thence to camp Cheatam thence North Western Verginia

  37. How long after enlistment before your Company engaged in battle?
    Don't remember

  38. What was the first battle you engaged in?

  39. State in your own way your experience in the War from this time on to its close.  State where you went after the first battle - what you did and what other battles you engaged in, how long they lasted, what the results were; state how you lived in camp, how you were clothed, how you slept, what you had to eat, how you were exposed to cold, hunger and disease.  If you were in the hospital or prison, state your experience there:
    pretty rough. Correnth, Miss. Love Joy Station one day. ectory, rough botchine(?), good clothing furnished from home, blanket on the ground, Beef Bacon and hardtacks, every way. In prison at Camp Chase Ohio three mo. Just barely had enough to live on

  40. When and where were you discharged?
    At the close of the war parolled prisoner

  41. Tell something of your trip home?
    Just as rough as rough could be some times we would get something to eat and again we would get very hungry.

  42. Give a sketch of your life since the close of the Civil War, stating what kind of business you engaged in, where you have lived, your church relations, etc.  If you have held any office or offices, state what it was.  You may state here any other facts connected with your life and experience which has not been brought out by the questions:

  43. What kind of work did you take up when you came back home?
    Farming only. Moved from Maury Co. to Tenn. (Maury Co., Tenn.) to Dyer Co., Tenn. 1883. Took up farming again. Joined the C. Pres. church several years ago; None; To numerous to go in details.

  44. On a separate sheet, give the names of some of the great men you have known or met in your time, and tell some of the circumstances of the meeting or incidents in their lives.  Also ass any further personal reminiscences.  (Use all the space you want.)

  45. Give the names of all the members of your Company you can remember.  (If you know where the Roster is to be had, please make special note of this.)
    Officers: W.R. Johnson, J.A. Moore, Cad Polk, T.H. McKinney,. H.J, Webster, J.K.P. McFall, J.P. Lee, W.K. Hill, G.A. Pillow, W.J. Whittlow, A.O.P. Nicholson, G.S. Martin, W.G. Graham.
    Privates: J.C. Adkisson, W.J. Adkisson, A.K. Alexander, S.R. Alexander, J.H. Allen. W.A. Allen, B.F. Bobbitt, H. Baughn, W. Baughn, E. Bradford, M.E. Hooper, A.W. Brandon, Edward Brandon, James Brandon, J.W Brandon, S.M. Campbell, G.M. Cannon, W.T. Can(?), W.T. Colg___, W.D. Craig, W.A. Darrbury, W.J. Dale, Jr., James Donoclaw, R.E. Downing, T.C. Dorning, Joseph Erwine, J.R. Erwine, A.H. Estes, W.H. Estes, W.B. Farmer, S.C. Furgerson, James Forgey, J.R. Foster, B.F. Gilmore, Harvey Harris, R.G. Harris, W.L. Harris, James Hand, W.H. Hardison, Thomas Hardy, A.S. Horsley, G.W Helm, D. Hooper, W.A. Hughes, J. Hubbard, C.W. ___, J.H. Johnson, D.D. Kelley, E. King, E.L. Landown, J.G. Lee, F. Lew__, W.J. Martin, J.F. McEwan, W.L. McKnight, A. Medeson, J.B. Moore, F.M. Nichols, H.B. Padgett, W.J. Phillips, J.A. Peckard, C.W. Reeves, N.G. Rich?, A.J. Rains, L. Real, J.A. Richardson, R.C. Richardson, W.D. Scott, L,O. Smith, J.M. Sowell, T.S. Speed, G.D. Strong, Scott Stephens, J.C. Thompson, A.S. Thomas, L.O. Thompson, T. Townlinson, J.T. Tucker, C.N. Vought, Edward Vason, (Voss?), S.R. Wadkins, W.H. Webster, G.P. Whitaker, A.J. Wilson, R.A. Wilson, J.E. Wright, J.O. York

  46. Give the NAME and POST OFFICE ADDRESSS of any living Veterans of the Civil War, whether members of your Company or not; whether Tennesseans or from other States.