Private Joseph D. Vandyke, Co. F, 55th Tennessee Infantry, CSA


  • December 31: Joseph Daniel Vandyke was born to parents Isaac and Eliza Vandyke in Giles County, TN.


  • October 3: Enlisted in Trenton, TN. Joseph had 4 brothers who also enlisted in the Army: 3 in the C.S. Army and 1 in the U.S. Army.


  • March 1 to Oct 3: Appeared on a Company Muster Roll as “absent without leave.”
  • April 8: Joseph D. Vandyke was captured at Island 10. (5 week siege ending on April 8th)
  • May 13: “at Camp Randall, Madison, Wis, guarded by the 19th WI Infantry. Roll dated Hd. Qrs., 19th Reg’t Camp Randall May 13, 1862.”
  • Aug 1: “at Camp Douglas, Ill.,”
  • August 29 & 30: Appeared on a list of Tennessee prisoners who took the oath of allegiance as administered by Commissioner Campbell…at Camp Douglass, Ill.” Remarks “discharged”
  • Sep 4: “at Camp Douglas, Ill., sent to Vicksburg to be exchanged. Roll dated Headquarters Camp Douglas, Chicago.” Remarks “Released on taking the oath of allegiance”


  • Oct 21: Company Muster Roll. Present.


  • November 30: Joseph fought in the Battle of Franklin.


  • May 1: Paroled at Greensboro, NC.


  • June 2: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in McNairy County, TN showed J. D., a farmer, and Carlista living with their children: Allee, 11, Joseph P., 9, L. A., 5 and E.B., 8m.


  • April 29: Joseph Daniel Vandyke died in Tennessee.