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Winston's Company, Tennessee Light Artillery (Belmont Battery)

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Winston's Company, Tennessee Light Artillery (Belmont Battery)

Brief History[edit | edit source]

"Formerly Captain William Keiter's Battery - Captain W. Y. C. Humes' Belmont Battery"
"This company was enlisted at Nashville in the summer of 1861, and mustered into Confederate service on August 21, 1861, at Camp Polk, Columbus, Kentucky. Captain Keiter was killed by the explosion of a gun at Columbus on August 31, 1861, and Major General Polk appointed Lieutenant W. Y. C. Humes, from Bankhead's Battery, as captain to succeed him. Humes was detached from the company on October 16, 1862 and sent to Mobile, Alabama, on special service, being commissioned major of artillery on May 15, 1863, and eventually brigadier general of cavalry. Lieutenant Winston was in command of the company until Humes' promotion, and at that time was appointed captain and remained in command for the rest of the war."  [1]

"Units of the Confederate States Army" by Joseph H. Crute, Jr. contains no history for this unit.[2]

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Tennessee in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Tennessee in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Tennessee, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Lindsley, John B. The Military Annals of Tennessee: Confederate, First Series; Embracing a Review of Military Operations, with Regimental Histories and Memorial Rolls, Compiled from Original and Official Sources. 1886. Reprint. Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Co., 1974. (Family History Library book 976.8 M2L.) Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive.   Memorial rolls for Belmont's Battery can be found on page 876.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tennesseans in the Civil War, Captain William C. Winston's Tennessee Light Artillery Company, (accessed 23 Dec 2011).
  2. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).