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

1843

  • Peter Harmon Couch was born in Greene County, TN to parents John and Margaret Couch.

1850

  • November 27: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Greene County, TN showed 7-year-old Peter living with his parents, John and Margaret Couch, and siblings. His father was a farmer

1860

  • June 14: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Hawkins County, TN showed 17-year-old Peter living with his parents, John and “Peggy” Couch, and siblings. His father was a farmer.

1863

  • May 15: Company Muster-Roll/Camp Dick Robinson, KY. 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 was 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 to August: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Absent sick in Hosp since Apr 28/64”
  • September to December: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • November 30: Peter fought in the Battle of Franklin.

1865

  • January to 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 married Casander Long.

1870

  • August 30: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Hawkins County, TN showed Peter, a farmer, and Casander living with their 1 year old son Isaac. Peter was listed as being literate.

ca. 1878

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

1879

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

1880

  • June 17: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated Hawkins County, Tennessee showed a widowed Casander Couch living with her children: Isaac, age 11, Mary, 8, John, 5 and Lillia, 2.