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Garner N. Loudermilk: born 1818, Knox Co., Tennessee; mustered into Confederate service as a Lt. on July 19, 1862, Company B, Walker's Battalion, Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders; promoted to Captain March 5, 1863, transferred to Company H, Walker's Battalion, Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders; died June 3, 1883, Arkansas; buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Greenwood, Sebastian Co., Arkansas. He served during the "Trail of Tears" in 1838; his headstone was inscribed "Aged About 55" and appears to be incorrect since his age was closer to 65.

Captain. Loudermilk
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On Feb. 22, 1864, Major (later Lt. Colonel) James A. McKamy wrote to Samuel Cooper (A&IGO). He stated that on Feb. 14, 1864, Captain Garner N. Loudermilk of Company H, Walker's Battalion deserted to the Federals, and McKamy further stated that on Feb. 14, 1864, Loudermilk also signed the United States' Oath of Allegiance. In the same correspondence, McKamy stated that Captain William B. Nelson of Company B, Walker's Battalion deserted and refused to return to the command. They were the highest ranking officers to desert from Thomas' Legion.

Captain Garner N. Loudermilk: Narrative

Courtesy of Stephanie Tanner Davis

Loudermilk Family History
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Loudermilk Heritage and Genealogy

  Garner N. Loudermilk
   Photographed by the Editor

Garner Loudermilk Headstone
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Greenwood, Arkansas

Garner Loudermilk
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Greenwood, AR

The Loudermilks
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From North Carolina to Arkansas

1850 Federal Census of Cherokee Co., N.C.
     Enumerator: John Rolen

.... George W....38 m...Farmer...TN
.... Narcissa...27 f......GA
.... William A....10 m......NC
.... Eliza A....5 f......NC
.... Lorenzo M....2 m......NC
Torrance, Matilda...56 f......GA
Brannnum, John F....15 m......NC

.... Garner N....33 m...Farmer...TN
.... Nancy...27 f......TN
.... James...11 m......NC
.... George...9 m......NC
.... Madison...7 m......NC
.... Emeline...5 f......NC
p.62 - 32A

.... Elizabeth...3 f......NC
.... Garner...6/12 m......NC

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Recommended Reading: NEW! North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster (Volume XVI: Thomas's Legion) (Hardcover) (537 pages), North Carolina Office of Archives and History (June 26, 2008). Description: The volume begins with an authoritative 246-page history of Thomas's Legion. The history, including Civil War battles and campaigns, is followed by a complete roster and service records of the field officers, staff, and troops that served in the legion. A thorough index completes the volume. Continued below...

Volume XVI of North Carolina Troops: A Roster contains the history and roster of the most unusual North Carolina Confederate Civil War unit, significant because of the large number of Cherokee Indians who served in its ranks. Thomas's Legion was the creation of William Holland Thomas, an influential businessman, state legislator, and Cherokee chief. He initially raised a small battalion of Cherokees in April 1862, and gradually expanded his command with companies of white soldiers raised in western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and Virginia. By the end of 1862, Thomas's Legion comprised an infantry regiment and a battalion of infantry and cavalry. An artillery battery was added in April 1863. Furthermore, in General Early's Army of the Valley, the Thomas Legion was well-known for its fighting prowess. It is also known for its pivotal role in the last Civil War battle east of the Mississippi River. The Thomas Legion mustered more than 2,500 soldiers and it closely resembled a brigade. With troop roster, muster records, and Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) this volume is also a must have for anyone interested in genealogy and researching Civil War ancestors. Simply stated, it is an outstanding source for genealogists.

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