Company L. Sixth Tennessee Infantry
Comrade W.H. Kearney sends from Trezevant, Tenn. a list of survivors of Company L, 6th Tennessee Infantry. This list is so unusual that inquiry was made of Colonel George C. Porter, who commanded the regiment and he reported as follows:
"Company L was not in the original organization of the 6th Tennessee in May 1861 at Camp Beauregard, in Jackson Tennessee, but came to the regiment directly after the Battle of Shiloh, joining us on the 12th of April at Corinth, Miss. The first captain was M.M. Merriwether and the second was W.W. Folsom, L.B. Everman, S.L. Gannaway, and S.B. Pearson were the lieutenants."
"Of Lieutenant Everman, who weighed over two hundred fifty pounds, it is said that he was the coolest man ever seen under fire. If there was at any time a halt in line, even under the heaviest fire of musketry and artillery, he would take out his notebook and write down observations and data of what was going on as cooly and collectedly as though he were in his own Jackson workshop."
"This Company (L) was one hundred strong when it came to my regiment at Corinth, and they were nearly all married men. When lined up, the company looked nearly as large as the rest of my regiment after the Battle for Shiloh, in which I lost over two hundred men in three minutes at the time we charged the Hornets' Nest a few minutes before General Johnston was killed. These gallant, matured, middle-aged men, going into war at the time that they did and under the circumstances and conditions that they did and making the fine soldiers that they made during the rest of the war, furnish one of the greatest exibititions of patriotism, valor, and heroism that ever came under my observation. I am glad to know there are so many of these splendid old heros still in the land they fought so gallantly to defend."
The surviving members of Company L, 6th Tennessee Infantry, as given: John J. Boone, Lieut J.B. Pearson, W.T. Anderson, R.H. Cartmell, Capt. M.M. Merriwether, H.D. O' Neil, R.D. Whitworth, James T. Watson, at Jackson Tenn; William Anderson, Carroll Tenn; DREW BROCK, STOKES TENN; W.A. Gardner, Juno Tenn; J.N. Harris, Covington Tenn; J.J. Pardue, of Middle Tenn; John M. Smith, Humboldt, Tenn; Atha Thomas, Medon Tenn; W.H. Kearney, Trezevant, Tenn; Robert Fenner, Osceola, Ark; Capt. W.W. Folsom, Hope Ark; A.F. Huntsman, Kerr, Corsicana, Tex.