Very Good. B0006F7228 1996 first edition, Tennessee Valley Publications (Knoxville, Tennessee), 8 1/2 x 11 inches tall black buckram cloth hardcover, no dust jacket (as issued), silver lettering to front cover and spine, illustrated with black-and-white photographs, xiv, 178 pp. A very good to near fine copy-clean, bright and unmarked-of this memoir and Polk County, Tennessee local history. ~SP34~ The Civil War diary of John Coffee Williamson, providing also a history of Benton, Tennessee. Born in Jasper County, Georgia, John Coffeee was the son of William and Sallie Pinson Williamson, who were descendants of an early Virginia family. The family moved to Murray County, Georgia in 1835. In 1855, John Coffee moved to Benton to be able to attend school. He not only attended, but taught school there and at Old Fort until 1859. During 1859-1860 he studied law under Judge John J. Hoyle who practiced at Cleveland, Tennessee. He was admitted to the bar for practice of law in County, Circuit and Chancellor's courts in February 1861, and began practice in Benton. In September 1861 he enlisted in Co. E, 5th Tennessee Cavalry CSA and was with Gen. Kirby Smith the first two years of the War, and from that time until the surrender was with Gen. Joe Wheeler's Corps. He was a Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant charged with the task of finding food for both men and horses. He mustered out at Charlotte, North Carolina in April 1865 and arrived home on May 12, 1865. John Coffee kept a diary from 1858 until the end of the war which makes a considerable contribution to the history of Polk County. He was a very loyal member of the Ocoee Lodge No. 212 F&AM and served as Master of the organization. John married his pre-war sweetheart, Susan Jane Bible, on September 10, 1865 and they settled on a farm on the Parksville Road and lived there until his death 19 December 1898. He and Rachel reared seven children.
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