1814 Court Martial of Tennessee Militiamen


This volume is a report to the 20th Congress of the United States in 1828. The contents will reflect the attitudes and practices of militia life during the war of 1812. The whole story revolves around a mistaken notion on the part of the militia men and the Federal Government. The men thought they were enrolled to fight for three months tour of duty. The Government understood this to be six months, thus the conflict evolves into a very ugly situation and finally a court martial for a large number of militia men. The end results is that a number of the militiamen are shot for mutiny and an even larger number are sent home in disgrace for disobedience of orders.

The rosters in the latter half of this piece are the most important entry in the whole document. They list the men who served from West Tennessee [this is now the area we call Middle Tennessee] and give the military service records of these men. Since they were all court- martialed they could not apply for pension and therefore, do not appear in many of the listings for the soldiers of the War of 1812.

The surname index includes over 7000 names in this volume.

James Douthat

(1828, 1993), 2023 , 8½x11, paper, index, 188 pp.

ISBN: 9780788489778