William A. Couch, Private, Co. D, 8th East Tennessee Infantry

1845

  • William 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 5 year old William 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 15 year old William living with his parents, John and “Peggy” Couch, and siblings. His father is a farmer.

1863

  • May 15: Company Muster-in Roll/Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky. Age 18. Remarks “Enlisted as Pvt Elected Corporal May 14, 63”
  • ***Captain of Co. D 8th TN Infantry is Alfred Couch, William’s uncle.***
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Present.           

  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • September & October: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Absent without leave since Sept. 25, 63” ***William is now noted as a Private, not a Corporal.***
  • ***William’s father John dies sometime late 63 early 64, so it is entirely possible this “absent without leave” is because his father died and he went home.” 
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Present.

1864

  • January & February: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • September & October: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • November 30: William fought at the Battle of Franklin.

1865

  • January & February: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “detached driving wagon at Wilmington, N.C.”
  • June 30: Company Muster-Out Roll.

1867

  • April 27: William A. Couch dies. He was only 22 years old.