Corporal Elial B. “Boss” Weatherly, Co. L, 6th Tennessee Infantry, CSA

The following timeline is 1 member of the Weatherly family, who had at least 6 family members fighting on the field at Franklin: James, Houston, Rufus, William, Wright and Boss. Brothers and cousins.

1836 (abt)

  • Elial Boston “Boss” Weatherly was born in Madison County, TN to James and Nancy Weatherly.


  • September 6: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Madison County, TN showed 14-year-old Elial B., living with his parents, James and Nancy, and brother Lucius. Also living with the family were 3 other children with the last name Winston, William, Ann and Adeline. Elial’s father James wa a farmer with 3000 worth of real estate. Living next door was James’ brother Wright and his family.


  • July 12: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Denmark, Madison County, TN showed twenty-two-year old Eli [Elial Boston] living with his parents and siblings. An interesting note: his older brother James was 35 years old, a farmer with $4000 in personal wealth and he is marked as “blind” on the census.


  • March 10: Boss Weatherly and his brother Lucius enlisted in the C.S. Army in Jackson, TN. They mustered into the 6th TN Infantry.
  • May to August: Company Muster Rolls. Present.
  • September 1 to January 1, 1863: Company Muster Roll. Present.


  • January to August: Company Muster Rolls. Present.
  • September 19-20: Boston was wounded during the Battle of Chickamauga.
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Present.


  • January to April: Company Muster Rolls. Present.
  • November 30: Boss fought in the Battle of Franklin. His cousin James Weatherly was killed in action.
  • December 16: Boss was captured during the Battle of Nashville. He was forwarded to Louisville, KY and from there forwarded to Camp Douglas, IL.


  • June 20: Boss appeared on a roll of prisoners released from camp Douglas. Remarks “Madison Co Tenn.” [his home town and probably destination at release]


  • December 12: Boss married Mary G. Bivens in Madison County, TN.


  • January 15: Elial Boston Weatherly died in White County, AR.


  • October 14: His wife Mary G. Bivens Weatherly applied for a confederate widows’ pension from the state of Florida.