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April 12, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Peter V. Foland, Part III

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From the fall of 1862 until the fall of 1863, Peter Foland apparently took a break from defending the Confederacy.  In January of 1863, he turned eighteen and was soon subject to the Conscript Act, passed on March 3, 1863.

So, on September 15, 1863, at a place called Panther Springs, Tennessee, northwest of Morristown, Peter reenlisted for a term of three years. He now was described as 5’6”, indicating that his long-awaited growth spurt was behind him. This time his eyes were described as blue. Contrary to his previous discharge papers and his obituary published in 1915, this enlistment record stated that he was born in Scott County, Virginia. Again, his occupation was given as farmer.

He joined Company F of the 9th Regiment of the Tennessee Cavalry and, a month later, appeared on the October 15, 1863 muster at Knoxville. By November, something was amiss. On November 15, the record shows that Peter Foland had deserted his company, which remained in Knoxville. No other details were given. Apparently, either this was erroneous or something unstated in the record had affected Peter’s presence in his company.  Over twenty years later, on July 8, 1885, this charge was removed from his war record, documented in a notation from the War Department: “The charge of desertion of November 5 (or 15) 1863 against this man is removed.” Again, no further details were given.

Did a mature Peter Foland apply to have his record cleared? Was the charge of desertion standing in the way of a potential pension? If a Slate River Ramblings reader knows more about actions like this one, please comment.

Learn more about Peter V. Foland’s postwar life in Scottsville in my new book: Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.

Coming next: Peter V. Foland, IV

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