Captain James Jasper Womack
Born on 7 July 1834 of a Virginia family who came to Warren County from Rutherford County, North Carolina, in 1810, the son of Abner Clemmons and Mary Ascenith (Hand) Womack.
He was raised on a farm in Warren County, and for some years he practiced law in McMinnville.
Enlisted on 15 May 1861 and on the 16th left Warren County, where he lived, and marched off to war.
Assumed command of E Company, 'Warren Guards', on the 13 June 1861 and was promoted to Captain on the 15 June 1861.
He was to be wounded in the arm at the Battle of Murfreesboro, 31 December 1862, when he was then captured and sent to a Federal prisoners hospital in Murfreesboro.
He was paroled for exchange at Fort McHenry, Maryland, 6 April 1863. Shortly after this he rejoined his command but was sent home to recover as unfit for duty.
While at home he resigned his commission in May 1863.
He is listed as captured again at Celina, Tennessee, on 8 March 1864 and was sent to Camp Chase. Released by order of Secretary of War 16 July 1864.
While home on furlough at 1530 on the 20 March 1862 he married Tennie G. Amonett of Celina, Clay Co, TN, at McMinnville, born 14 Mar 1844 died 18 Jul 1905 in McMinnville and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, McMinnville. There were no children.
Second wife was Mary Bass born 1834 (1845).
He was a teacher after the war and in 1875 he established a short lived newspaper the 'Nashville Evening News'.
Pension #3639 was filed on 10 September1901 in Warren County, the application was successful.
Dying on the 18 July 1922 he was buried in Riverside Cemetery in McMinnville, Warren Co, TN.
He wrote the often quoted 'The Civil War Diary' , this was published in 1961, which covered the years 1861-3. He also wrote many other diaries which still exist.