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


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


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


  • March 1- Oct 3: Appears 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)
  • April 20: received
  • May 13: “at Camp Randall, Madison, Wis, guarded by the 19th Wisconsin Volunteers. Roll dated Hd. Qrs., 19th Reg’t Camp Randall May 13, 1862.”
  • Aug 1: “at Camp Douglas, Ill.,”
  • August 29 & 30: “Appears 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:  “Appears on a Company Muster Roll of the organization named above near Mollie, Alabama.”


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


  • April 28: “Appears on a Muster Roll of officers and men paroled in accordance with the terms of a Military Convention entered into on the 26th day of April between General Joseph E. Johnston, Commanding Confederate Army, and Major General W.T> Sherman, Commanding United States Army in North Carolina.”
  • May 1: Paroled at Greensboro, NC.


  • The United States Federal Census taken on June 2nd in McNairy County, Tennessee shows 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.