CAPTAIN J.W. PHILLIPS' TENNESSEE LIGHT ARTILLERY COMPANY "JOHNSTON LIGHT ARTILLERY" FORMERLY J. WESLEY ELDRIDGE'S, ELDRIDGE E. WRIGHT'S & JOHN W. MEBANE'S On Oct. 15, 1861 this company was organized in Hardin County, TN with J. Wesley Eldridge as Captain. Some men came from Wayne and Fayette Counties of TN. As a Light Artillery Company this unit rode with divisions from South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. On Oct. 10, 1864 as part of Cobb's Artillery Battalion, they moved through Dalton, GA, where the Federal block house was captured, across through Alabama and crossed the Tennessee River on Nov. 13, 1864. They fought in nearly every major battle of the Civil War. BRIEF HISTORY Microcopy No. 268 Roll 96 of the Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who served in TN includes the following Company Muster Roll information: 12/31/1861 to 04/30/1862 dated 05/16/1862 Shows station of company in CORINTH MS. 07/1862 to 08/1862 Shows station of company in CHATTANOOGA, TN. 11/1862 to 12/1862 Shows station of company in TULLAHOMA, TN. 11/10/1862 REQUEST for FORAGE for 69 Horses, and 24 Mules in the service of CAPT. ELDRIDGE'S COMPANY LIGHT ARTILLERY of C.S.Army for 5 days, commencing the 10th of November 1862, and ending on the 15th of November 1862, at MURFREESBORO, TN. A total of 93 Animals, 465 Rations, 12 Pounds of Corn, 14 Pounds of Hay, 5580 Pounds of Corn. 01/1863 to 02/1863 dates 03/28/1863 Shows station of company in TULLAHOMA, TN includes: The company was in the action before Murfreesboro Jan. 2, 1863. 14 men killed and wounded. 10 horses killed. 03/1863 to 04/1863 Shows station of company in WARTRACE, TN. 09/1863 to 10/1863 Shows station of company in NEAR CHATTANOOGA, TN.
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