1st Lieutenant Sherwood Green Crocker
E/B Company

He was born on the 27 April 1817 near Mechanicsville, Rutherford Co, TN, son of Bailey and Sarah (Tait) Crocker.

In 1836 served as a Private in the Second Seminole War in Capt. John E. Crouch's Company, First Tennessee Mounted Volunteers, known as the "Franklin Blues."

Farmer/Carpenter but could not read or write.

Married Elizabeth "Betsy" Vinson on the 9 January 1838 in Middleton, Rutherford Co, TN. She was born 20 October 1821 in Middleton, Rutherford Co, TN, and died of cholera 11or16 July 1889 in Moody, McLennan Co, TX. He brought her remains back to Coffee Co., TN for interment. She was the daughter of  William M. and Hannah N. (Grimes) Vincen t they had 15 children: Hannah Ann, William B, Mary Vinson, John W., James, Sarah "Sallie", Elizabeth "Bettie" Amanda, Thomas Nathaniel "Bud", Sherwood Leander "Lee", Anne, Isabelle, Napoleon "Pole" Bonaparte, Leander and Ella.

About 1854 the family moved from Rutherford Co. to Coffee Co, TN, settling on a farm near Manchester.

He enlisted as a Private on 23 May 1861 in Co. B, 16th Tennessee Infantry. Shortly after was elected 1st Lieutenant for Co. B, shortly thereafter re-designated as Co. E. (His son William B. Crocker enlisted with him on the 23 May 1861 in the Regiment. On the 10 April 1862 he joined I Co. 4th also called the 3rd (Starne’s/McLemore's) Tennessee Cavalry where he became a Lieutenant and was most likely killed at the battle of second battle of Dalton, Whitfield Co, GA. 14-15 August 1864.)

He resigned his commission on 02/02/1862 at Pocotaligo, S. C. and went back home to Coffee Co, TN.

On the 1 November 1862 at Shelbyville, Bedford Co, TN, he re-enlisted as a Private in Co. G, 17th Tennessee Infantry.

Wounded in the shoulder at Battle of Murfreesboro (Stones River) on the 31 December 1862 - 2 January 1863.

His last military record states that he was present for duty in Jun 1863. He is said to have served until the end of the war, however, his name is not found in the paroles of Appomattox where the unit surrendered.

About 1885 he, and his wife, left Coffee County and moved to McLennan Co., Texas where their son, Napoleon B. Crocker, had settled some years previously.

He remained in Coffee County until his own death on the 24 April 1896 in Manchester, Coffee Co, TN.

They are both buried in the Crocker (or Bashaw Creek) Cemetery, North-West of Manchester, Rutherford Co, TN.


home