Peter Couch, Private, Co. D, 8th East Tennessee Infantry

1843

  • Peter Harmon Couch is born in Greene County, Tennessee to parents John and Margaret Couch.

1850

  • The United States Federal Census taken on November 27th in Greene County, Tennessee shows 7 year old Peter living with his parents, John and Margaret Couch, and siblings. His father is a farmer.

1860

  • The United States Federal Census taken on June 14th in Hawkins County, Tennessee shows 17 year old Peter living with his parents, John and “Peggy” Couch, and siblings. His father is a farmer.

1863

  • May 15: Company Muster-Roll/Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky. Age 20. Remarks “Enlisted as Pvt Elected Corporal May 14, 63”
  • Captain of Co. D 8th TN Infantry is Alfred Couch, Peter’s uncle.
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Appointed as Corp.”
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • September & October: Company Muster Roll. Present. Peter is now noted as a Private, not a Corporal.
  • Peter’s father John dies sometime late 63 early 64, and Peter’s brother William is listed on Company Muster Roll as “Absent.” It is possible both brothers left without permission and were demoted.
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Present.

1864

  • January & February. Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Absent sick at Knoxville since 28 Apr/64”
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Absent sick in Hosp since Apr 28/64”
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Absent sick in Hosp since 28 Apr/64”
  • September & October: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • November 30: Peter fights in the Battle of Franklin.

1865

  • January & February: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • June 30: Company Muster-out Roll/Company Shops North Carolina. Age 20. Remarks “Reduced from Corporal Sept 28/65 by order of Col Reiss.”

1866

  • September 13: Peter Couch marries Casander Long.

1870

  • The United States Federal Census taken on August 30th in Hawkins County, Tennessee shows Peter, a farmer, and Casander living with their 1 year old son Isaac. Peter is listed as being literate.

ca. 1878

  • Peter Couch dies. He was only 35 years old.

1879

  • October 16: Casander applies for a widows' military pension.

1880

  • The United States Federal Census taken on June 17th in Hawkins County, Tennessee shows a widowed Casander Couch living with her children: Isaac, age 11, Mary, 8, John, 5 and Lillia, 2.