Monday, April 13, 2009


In November of 1862, brothers William, Silas and James Wade traveled from their home just south of Tranquility to Huntsville, Tennessee, near the Kentucky border to join the 3rd. Tennessee Union Cavalry.

Appearing in the Athens Post some three months later on February 27, 1863, was the following:

$420 REWARD!

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS ENROLLED As Conscripts in the 3d Civil District, McMinn County, Tennessee, have failed to report as the law requires.

Silas Wade. . . 28 years old, 5 feet 8 inches high, fair complexion, black eyes, dark hair.

Also listed with their descriptions were James Wade, Thomas Wattenbarger, Christopher Wattenbarger, Peter Wattenbarger, and Levi Wattenbarger.

A reward of $30 each was offered for the apprehension and delivery of the above named deserters at the Camp of Instruction at Knoxville. Transportation furnished by the Government.

By order of Lt. Col. E. D. Blake


Evidently the three Wade brothers had been conscripted into the Confederate Army but instead chose to enlist in the Union Army. In fact, James had already died at Murfeesboro when this announcement appeared.

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