2nd Regiment West Tennessee Militia

COLONEL: Thomas McCrory

  • DATES: October 1813 – January 1814
  • MEN MOSTLY FROM: Williamson, Maury, Giles, Overton, Rutherford, and Smith Counties.
  • CAPTAINS: William Dooley, Thomas K. Gordon, Samuel B. McKnight, Anthony Metcalf, Isaac Patton, John Reynolds, James Shannon, and Abel Willis.

BRIEF HISTORY:

Part of General Isaac Roberts’ Second Brigade, these three-month enlistees were mustered in at Franklin, Tennessee and mustered out at Fort Strother. The regiment participated in the Battle of Talladega (9 November 1813). Jackson tried to get them to serve longer than the three-month term, but only Captain Abel Willis (Overton County) and nineteen men stayed.

The number of men in each company was relatively small, averaging about fifty (one company, led by Captain James Shannon of Williamson County had a complement of twenty-nine men). Famed Presbyterian minister Gideon Blackburn served as regimental chaplain.

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