N0. 317 CIW CHAPTER 15 TENNESSEE HINSON’S CONFEDERATE GUERRILLA COMMAND

Commander: Captain Jack Hinson

Born in Stewart County, Tennessee, Hinson started on a guerrilla career when two of his sons in the Confederate Army were shot by firing squad in 1862 by Unionists, members of Colonel (first name unknown) Love’s 5th Iowa Cavalry.

In August, 1863, eight guerrillas belonging to Hinson’s command captured the Union telegraph operator at Fort Henry (source: newspaper Nashville Union, August 25, 1863).

Hinson also operated alone and bushwhacked Union troops in the area. It is said he had thirty six notches on his rifle. A favorite target was Union gunboat crew members. Hinson also guided General Forrest’s cavalry when on the raid to Johnsonville Tennessee, in 1864. A reward offered dead or alive placed by the Union army was never collected. He died after the war 80 years of age (for more details on Hinson see Jack Hinson’s One-Man War, A Civil War Sniper by Tom McKenney (2009).

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