N0. 302 CIW CHAPTER 15 TENNESSEE KERSEY’S (KEIRSE’S) CONFEDERATE GUERRILLA COMMAND

Commander: Captain Hiram T. “Pomp” Kersey
(Keirsey)

Kersey originally enlisted as Private in Company A, 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment on 18 May 1861. Muster roll indicates him as deserted on 4 August 1863.

He was son of Hiram and Margaret Keirsey of Warren and Cannon Counties. Local tradition has it, however, that Keirsey was released from the Confederate States Army service to fight the Union regiment that was detached to control Confederate guerrillas in the Upper Cumberland valley.

The command operated around Short Mountain and often entered Liberty and also around Smithville. Strength of the command was given as 30 men. Keirsey was killed on July 24, 1864, after being tracked down by Union soldiers. Also killed with him were Jack Neely, two Arnold brothers from Murfreesboro, Seats, Benton, and Kelly. Two escaped, Ike Gleason of White County anda man named Hawkins. Keirsey is buried in Melton Cemetery, Mechanicsville, near Short Mountain.

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