2nd Corporal Robert Columbus Carden
E Company

 

He was born on the 4 July 1843 in Coffee County, TN the youngest of the five children of Reuben and Sarah (Henry) Carden.

He enlisted in the Army on 23 May 1861 and while stationed at Camp Trousdale, TN, here he caught measles.

Elected 2nd Corporal on the 24 May 1862.

He was wounded beneath the eye at Battle of Chickamauga, GA, 19-20 September, 1863, and went to the hospital for awhile.

Listed as present at the Company  muster of April 1864.

He was wounded in foot at the Battle of Nashville, TN, 15-16 December, 1864. 

He up and walked away from the war on the 20 December 1864

He stated that he was arrested at home and brought to the penitentiary in Nashville and forced to take the Oath  on 8 January 1865.

He married Martha Elizabeth Hickerson on the 12 March 1865 in Coffee Co. She was born May 1847 died 1 Oct 1909, with whom he had 13 children, those known are: Myrtle D., Mamie, Hattie, Laura, Rubie S., Frank H., William H., Robert R. and Fuldon M. Carden. She was the daughter of Wiley P. and Caroline (Thompson) Hickerson.

While living in Coffee County, TN, he filed for a pension, number #8029, on 2 April 1906, but it was rejected.

They are both buried in the Carden Cemetery, near Manchester, Coffee Co, TN.

Shortly before he died, at Manchester, TN, on 13 June 1915, he wrote a memoir.


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