My familys history talks about helping southern men moving through Tennessee into Kentucky to join Union Armies. In several cases after the "Rail Road bridge burning" in east Tennessee. They hide men in walls of their homes and helped them to "lay out" in the hills and woods around the Bradley and Miegs countys area. My family joined the Union Army 11-11-1861 at Sale Creek Hamilton County Tennesee before the Govenor sent troops to capture them. Then they had to hide out until they were caught and taken to Knoxville and forced by hanging to "join" the 36th Infantry Regiment Confederate. Two brothers were able to get away while the 36th was doing guard duty at the Cumberland Pass and get into Kentucky where they joined the 5th and 8th Tennessee Infantry Regiments Union. I have some good general info about how the East Tennessee Union people helped with the southern men get through to Kentucky. This caused many of them to leave Tennessee before they were killed. There was many unexplained family deaths in Union families right after the war in East Tennessee? Most were caused by ambushes and strange hangings to travelers?
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