Enlisted at age 16. The regiment was under Colonel H. W. Campbell at Camp Brown,Union City, Tn. They were partially armed in January 1862 with shotguns and hunting rifles. Only a few weeks before their first battle (Shiloh) they were issued some flint and steel muskets on a loan. The regiment was ordered forward to General Polk’s Army of the Mississippi, 1st Division, Right Wing and fought at Shiloh April 6 & 7, 1862 under Brigadier General Clark’s Division. The 33rd Regiment was commanded by Generals Polk and Stewart. At Shiloh Commander Campbell was severely wounded. There were twenty killed, one hundred three wounded and seventeen missing from his company. Joe D. was wounded in the heel by an artillery shell.
On May 8,1862 the 33rd Regiment was reorganized and added to Major General Cheatham’s Brigade on July 8,1862 where they remained until the end of the war. The Regiment was moved from Shiloh to Corinth, Ms, then on to Tupelo, Ms and Chattanooga, Tn, and on to the invasion of KY. They were involved in the battle at Perryville, Ky on Oct. 8,1862 where Joe D. was wounded and captured on Oct. 9,1862 and sent to Camp Douglas, Ill. Sent to Louisville, Ky for exchange Jan 7,1863 and forwarded to Vicksburg, Ms. Joe D. was exchanged and returned to camp May 25,1863.
On September 19-20,1863 their brigade lost two hundred and fifty men in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga. He was again captured in the Battle of Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863 and sent to a prisoner of war camp at Rock Island Barracks, Ill. on December 9, 1863 after being forwarded again to Louisville, Ky December 7, 1863 where he said they almost starved to death in prison. He weighed only one hundred and two pounds when he was released.
His Regiment went on to winter in Dalton, Ga and participated in the Atlanta Campaign. Later at the Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864 Bridgadier General Strahl was killed. The Regiment left to join General Johnson in Smithfield, North Carolina. They surrendered on May 6, 1865 and paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina. Joe D. walked home to Obion Co. where he farmed , married and reared fourteen children.
Submitted by Bill Foster