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'The Civil War'
Four sons of Isaac Popplewell Jr. and Susannah Chamberlain,
Isaac B., Richard, Mason, and Flint, fought for the union army during
the Civil War. So did Leo Popplewell, the son of Albert Popplewell
and Prudence Chamberlain. These five Popplewells served as members
of the Third Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, joining the U.S. Army of
the Cumberland in the fall of 1861.
Leo H. Popplewell, 23, enlisted on Nov. 5, 1861 at Camp Wolford,
according to army records. A private in Co. G., he was described as
5' 8" with blue eyes, light hair and complexion. During his
enlistment, he was briefly a prisoner of war. On Nov. 15, 1862, he
was captured by the enemy near Gallatin, TN. The next day he was
Isaac B., age 21, was made a corporal upon mustering into Co. F
in January 1862. During the course of the war, he would fight in
Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia, earning a promotion to
sergeant in January 1864. Isaac was wounded in the left arm and
captured at the Battle of Stone's River in December 1862. During a
prisoner exchange later that year at City Point, VA, he was released.
In May 1863 he returned to his regiment.
Mason, was 23 when he entered the service. He also was captured
at the Battle of Stone's River on Dec. 31, 1862. Like Isaac, he was
released in a prisoner exchange and returned to the regiment on June
8, 1863. A few months later, Mason was wounded at the Battle of
Chicamauga. Suffering with wounds to his left leg, he was
hospitalized in Stinson, AL.
Richard, 30 years old when he enlisted in 1861, spent part of
1863 detached to a union supply train by order of Gen. Thomas. He
also fought in several major Civil War battles.
Leo, Isaac, Mason, and Richard all mustered out of the army on
Oct. 13, 1864 in Louisville.
Flint never saw any combat. Like hundreds of other soldiers that
winter, Flint Popplewell, 25, died Jan. 22,1862, in Columbia, KY, of
typhoid fever. He was unable to go with his regiment when it left on
Jan. 16 to help strengthen Union positions on the Cumberland River
during the Battle of Mill Springs.
According to the Kentucky Adjutant General's Report, this is the
history of Third Infantry:
On March 18, 1862, the Third Infantry, by then about 900 strong,
embarked on steamers for Nashville. From there the regiment marched
by way of Franklin, Columbia, Waynesboro, and Savannah, TN, to the
field of Shiloh where they helped reinforce Gen. Grant's troops and
bring about a union victory. Shiloh was one of the bloodiest battles
of the war, with an estimated 23,746 casualties, 13.047 for the U.S.
and 10,699 for the Confederacy.
Following the victory at Shiloh, the Third Infantry moved by
gradual approach to the vital rail center of Cornith, Miss., where
Union forces took control of the town and consolidated its position
in northern Mississippi.
During June of 1862, the Third was involved in skirmishes at
Iuka, Miss. and Tuscumbia, Al. Later that year, the regiment fought
in the Kentucky battles of Munfordville, Bardstown, and Perryville,
banishing rebel forces from the Bluegrass State.
The Third Infantry, as part of the larger Army of the Cumberland,
pursued Bragg into Tennessee fighting at Stewart's Creek on Dec. 29,
1862, and then at Stone's River on Dec. 31, 1862 and Jan. 1, 1863.
This was the battle where Isaac and Mason were captured. Stone's
River, near Murfreesboro, TN, was claimed as a Union victory after
the Confederates retreated. There were an estimated 23,215 casualties,
13,249 for the Union and 10,266 for the Rebels.
Chicamauga, GA was the next major battle for the Third Infantry.
Mason was among 34,624 soldiers who were wounded, killed, or taken
prisoner. A Confederate victory, Gen. Braxton Bragg forced the Union
Army back to Chattanooga.
But Union forces regrouped and pushed their way back into Georgia.
The Third Infantry was part of the Atlanta campaign. Our Popplewells
were part of the forces who fought in Georgia at Rocky Face Ridge,
Resaca, Pumpkin Vine Creek, Kenesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and
the battle of Atlanta. The Third Infantry was responsible for
destroying eight miles of the Atlanta and Montgomery railroad tracks
on Sept. 9, 1863. The regiment spent the rest of September in the
Atlanta area and then traveled north to Tennessee, and finally back
to its home state.
'Researched at The Tennessee Archives'
"Deb Zimmerman"