Posted By:Kathleen W. Bates
Subject:Re: Unionism in East Tennessee
Post Date:August 08, 2004 at 16:46:01
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Hi Don -- I have just discovered this forum, and Unionisim in East Tennessee might explain why I can't find my grandmother's brother in Confederate records. He lived in McMinn County, TN, and died in a prison camp sometime before November, 1862. His name was Daniel Foster, age 19-20, I think. He was the only son of Simpson Westberry Foster and Amanda Handley Foster.

Simpson Foster was buried in Athens, TN November 16, 1862, the day Grandmother Artie Simpson was born. He is said to have died of a broken heart, grieving over the death of his only son. Artie had the idea she was named for her brother's captain's wife, Artemesia.

The family seems to fit the profile of the families outlined in the other messages I've read. They certainly were not wealthy, -- poor Amanda had a terrible time raising seven daughters with only cousin George Foster to help. Grandmother came to live with us in 1929 and told these stories over and over until her death in 1957. (Wish I had listened more.) Her father was an auctioneer, and sometimes worked in Knoxville.

I have an ache in my heart for poor Daniel, and wonder what and where he may have suffered, where he is buried, where he fought, and now, if perhaps he could have fought for the Union. Would any of your resources help me find him? Thanks so much. Kathleen Whitlow Bates