Robert Patten, Company E, 4th Mississippi Infantry

My great-grandfather on my mother’s side (He was my great-grandfather on my mother’s side. Patten>Longhurst>Trebing)  fought at the Battle of Franklin.

Pvt Robert Patten, 4th. Mississippi Infantry,  Company E of Sears Brigade (Claudius W. Sears),  General Sam French’s Division, A.P. Stewart’s Corp. He served with them since Fort Donelson all the way to the bitter end. Don’t know how he survived, he musta been a good ducker. He was captured at Fort Donelson and again at Vicksburg . He also served for 10 months on a gunboat on the Yazoo River.

I have about 12 copies of his pay records.

As far as I know, there were no relatives with him. He was born in Toronto Canada of Irish immigrants and was working in Mississippi . He joined the CS Army in Carroll County , MS.


Family lore has it that my great-grandmother, Katie Burke, “picked him up”, as he was walking barefoot into Nashville after the Battle of Nashville. He may have deserted, been wounded and furloughed, captured and paroled. Again, family lore. He did settle in Nashville . Married and had six children. He worked for the railroad and was killed in 1882 in a car switching accident.

His casualty status at Franklin is unknown.

He is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Lebanon Road , Nashville , TN


Bill Trebing
1100 Tucker Drive
Pulaski, TN 38478


  • CWD has the last name spelled Patton
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3 Responses to Robert Patten, Company E, 4th Mississippi Infantry

  1. jdtlr says:

    My gg grandfather was James Marshall Eakin, he served in the 46th Mississippi Infantry, Company G / Sears Brigade / French’s Division. He survived the battle and the rest of the war.
    He was among the “foremost of the forelorn hope” after being pinned down in a ditch in front of the earthworks.
    Some of the events of that day are copied from “The History of the 46th Mississippi” website following:

    They crossed the Tennessee River, November 20, marched against Schofield’s Federal command at Columbia, and on November 29 moved with Stewart’s Corps toward Spring Hill. Following the Federal troops to Franklin, on the Harpeth River, Stewart’s Corps attacked about four in the evening, November 30, on the right of the Confederate line, French’s Division on the left of the corps next to Cheatham’s Corps. The first line was carried, but to reach the second line of works, Sears’ Brigade was exposed to a destructive crossfire of artillery. Maj. T. D. Magee, commanding the Forty-sixth, was among the wounded before the works were reached. Some were able to reach the ditch in front of the works, where they remained until next morning, when the Federal troops were withdrawn. Among these “foremost of the forlorn hope,” were the following of the Forty-sixth. Company A — Capt. Nicholas Pace, Privates C. L. Nichols, Isaac Whatley. Company B — Lieut. J. T. Duckworth. Company D — Lieut. W. H. Barnett, Sergt. J. W. Pennington, Privates W. Deavers, J. S. Hill, A. Phillips, J. C. Phillips, J. M. Ross, R. H. Sewell. Company E — Sergt. D. Hildebrand, Corporal A. Screws (wounded). Company F — Capt. T. P. Wiggins, Sergts. W. M. McElroy, W. W. Harvey (wounded severely at main ditch), Private J. W. Kittrell. Company G — Lieut. J. A. Epting, Corporals W. Warren, A. M. Anderson, J. M. Eakin, Privates J. Drummond (w), S. B. Windham (w). Company H — Private J. B. White. Company I — Capt. T. Burgess (wounded twice severely near main ditch). Company K — Private T. A, Florence. There were only five men of Company C left at the time of this battle, under Sergeant Blakeman. Corporal William Chew was killed and the Sergeant and James Cattle and William Hagan were wounded, leaving John Bowen for duty.
    The casualties of Sears’ Brigade were said to be 30 killed, 168 wounded, 35 missing. The remnant marched to Nashville. Some were detached with Bate’s Division to support Forrest in the siege of Murfreesboro, and were in battle at Overall’s Creek, December 4, and before Murfreesboro December 7. December 9 the brigade effective was 210 men. Marching back to Nashville over icy roads, many barefooted, they fought in Walthall’s line, December 15-16. Walthall’s remnants of two divisions were almost surrounded before they gave way.

    “Brigadier-General Sears, late in the day, lost a leg, and subsequently fell into the enemy’s hands.” (Stewart). “A solid shot passed through his horse and struck him just below the knee; the lower part of his leg was amputated. It was found impracticable to bring him out, so he was left near Pulaski.
    Nashville TN

  2. jdtlr says:

    That should be “John Marshall Eakin” whoops

  3. Steve says:

    Bill, if you have more information about your ancestor or would like to have your information listed in a book I am writing about the 4th, please let me know. He has an incredible story. I’m partial to the Irish, though.

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