Tandy Hatfield [A3088]
b.1830 ca - Meigs Co., TN
d.1864 19 Sep - [during CW] Rock Island, IL
----- Parents -----
Hardy Hatfield [A3080]
Sarah ? [A3081]
----- Siblings -----
Hardy Hatfield [A3082]
Henry Hatfield [A3083]
Tandy Hatfield [A3088]
----- Marriages -----
m01. - + Mary R ? (3 Children)
----- Children -----
Thursdey M Hatfield [A3090]
Emely E Hatfield [A3091]
John O Hatfield [A3092]
Pvt. Co. F, 8th AR Cavalry
Tandy Hatfield first enlisted on March 23, 1862 in Independence Co., AR
in McCray's Battalion Co. I, 31st AR Infantry. He is listed as a First
Lieutenant. The batallion relinquished organization on May 24, 1862 due
to loss of 30% of their men to disease. Tandy's next tenure was as a
Private in Newton's, Co. F, 8th AR Cavalry beginning on January 9, 1863.
He was reported to have deserted on the road from Little Rock, AR to
Rockport on Sept. 10, 1863, but apparently he wasn't repremanded. On
March 19, 1864 he was captured in Independence Co, AR and sent on the
ship "Celeste" to the Federal Military Prison in Little Rock arriving on
April 8. Tandy chose not to be exchanged and was sent to Rock Island
Prison on May 17, 1864. He arrived at Rock Island via St. Louis on May
27, 1864. (This date is exactly 100 years before I was born.) Tandy
remained imprisoned there until his death from scurvy on September 19,
1864. He is buried in the Confederate Cemetary on Rock Island in grave
Tandy is described in his papers as having black eyes, black hair, a dark
complexion, and standing 5'7" tall. His occupation is listed as a farmer.
Tandy Hatfield was born about 1830 in what is now Meigs Co., TN. He had
three brothers, John, Henry,and Hardy. Hardy joined Tandy in the fight
for the Confederacy, and died in the war in 1862.
Recently I was reading a book titled Red Cap by G. Clifton Wisler, and it
made me remember the pain and suffering felt by our ancestors who were
unfortunate enough to be held at a prison during the Civil War. In the
book, a young drummer boy, Red Cap, is imprisoned in Andersonville. As
his comrades are dying, they ask him to play Taps for them when they are
buried. I was afraid no one played Taps when Tandy was buried, so here is
Taps for Tandy.
ROCK ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETARY, ARSENAL, AND CONFEDERATE POW CAMPThis site
has information on the Confederate Prison and lists those buried on Rock
ROCK ISLAND COUNTY HISTORY At this site you will find the history of the
Rock Island Prison.
ROCK ISLAND POW'S This site lists the Confederates Prisoners who died by
state. It also includes the accounts of some prisoners at the prison.