|Posted By:||Rick Bryant|
|Subject:||Re: Jasper Wicker of Hardin County, Tennessee|
|Post Date:||January 11, 2013 at 13:14:00|
|Forum:||Southern Unionist Forum|
Jasper was not stationed in Illinois. In fact, he may not have gone there during the war at all, unless he did so while on leave. All you can be sure of is that his wife was in Illinois, where it is likely that she, along with other Unionists, was a refugee. During those times it was often not safe for women and children of Tennessee Unionists to stay in their homes, and many went north, including large numbers who went to Illinois. At this site, you will see that Jasper's unit, nine months prior to Callie Dona's birth, was stationed in Memphis.
You may not be able to determine when his wife went to Illinois. It is possible that he was able to visit her in Hardin County before she left for Illinois, or, as pointed out earlier, may have gotten leave and visited her in Illinois. It is even possible, though I think not as probable, that she visited him in Memphis in October of 1864.
For a good description of the times read the following article. Although primarily pertaining to Carroll County, this pretty much sums up what was happening, and why many left Tennessee during that period.
Also, although not specifically about Unionists, watch the movie "Cold Mountain". It is about the most realistic depiction of "Home Guard" activity as I have seen, and should be educational as regards those times.