Private Thomas Anthony Head
I Company

(The photo in the car shows him with his sister Ida.)

He was born 12 October 1838 in Georgia and was brought to Tennessee as a small boy.  Growing up in Van Buren County. The son of Anthony and Frances 'Fanny' (Payne) Head.

He was educated in Burritt College in Spencer, TN.

He enlisted on the 20 May 1861.

Present during July and August 1861, and between April and June 1962.

Captured at the Battle of Perryville (Chaplin Hills), 8 October 1862.  Sent to Vicksburg, MS, via Cairo, IL, for exchange 5 December 1862.

Present during January and March; July and August 1863.

He states he was ruptured on both sides at the Battle of Chickamauga, 19-20 September 1863. 

Present between January and April 1864.

The picket line he was on was overrun in a charge and he was captured near Marietta, GA, 27 June 1864 and sent to the Military Prison, Louisville, KY,  on 13 Jul 1864 and then to Camp Douglas, IL.  Here he took the Oath and was released 27 April 1865. "Claims to have been loyal was conscripted; was captured and desires to take the oath of allegiance to the US and become a loyal citizen."

After the war he operated private schools in first in Illinois for ten years before returning South in 1875 and then continued to do the same in Warren and Putnam Counties, TN.

In 1885 He wrote an oft quoted book 'Campaigns and Battles of the Sixteenth Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers, With Incidental Sketches of the Part Performed by Other Tennessee Troops in the Same War, 1861-1865'.

He married Helen "Nellie" J. (Robinson) Campbell (Mrs) some time between 1865-1868. (She as the widow of Philander or Lansden Campbell who died before 23 June 1865.) She was born 1840, Gallatin Co, IL, died before 1897 in Putnam Co, TN, they had two children: a girl who died when she was 12, name unknown, and Charlie Head.

His second wife was Martha 'Mattie' Jane Grider in Putnam County, TN, on the 16 July1899. She was born 10 February 1855, Jackson Co, TN, and died 2 January 1933 in Putnam Co. She was the daughter of William and Nancy (Scarlett) Grider.

Filed for a pension on 3 March 1897, number #1721, this was accepted, when living at Cane Ridge, Van Buren Co, TN Widow's pension #7592 filed 1 May 1929 accepted.

He died on the 30 June 1921 and is buried in Stewart Cemetery, Cookville, Putnam Co, TN.

(He was the brother of W. "Bill" H. Head who was also in I Company of the Regiment.)


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