Tennessee 53rd Infantry (Confederate)

    07 Jan 1862

    Tennessee 53rd Infantry organized at Tennessee.

    11 Feb 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Fort Donelson at Fort Donelson, TN.

    The Battle of Fort Donelson
    The Battle of Fort Donelson

    Early in the war, Union commanders realized control of the major rivers would be the key to success in the Western Theater. Read More

    30 Nov 1864

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Captain James J. Rittenbury.

    30 Nov 1864

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General George D. Johnston, and Brigadier General William A. Quarles.

    Brigadier General George D. Johnston

    Brigadier General William A. Quarles

    30 Nov 1864

    Assigned to the Division led by Major General Edward C. Walthall.

    Major General Edward C. Walthall

    30 Nov 1864

    Assigned to the Regiment led by Captain James J. Rittenbury.

    30 Nov 1864

    Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General William A. Quarles.

    Brigadier General William A. Quarles

    30 Nov 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Franklin (1864) at Franklin, Tennessee.

    The Battle of Franklin (1864)
    The Battle of Franklin (1864)

    After allowing Maj. Gen. John Schofield's Army of the Ohio to pass him near Spring Hill, Tennessee, the previous morning, Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood led his 30,000-man Army of Tennessee to the outskirts of Franklin on November 30th. Schofield's army had constructed a strong defensive line south of the town. Hood took a position two miles south of Schofield, with open, rolling farm land between them, and prepared to attack. At 4:00 p.m., over 20,000 Confederates moved forward east and west of the Columbia Pike… Read More

    15 Dec 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Nashville at Nashville, Tennessee.

    The Battle of Nashville
    The Battle of Nashville

    Despite a series of defeats in the closing days of November, 1864, Confederate Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood continued to drag his bloodied Army of Tennessee, approximately 30,000 strong, north towards Nashville. The city was protected by 55,000 Union soldiers, which should have precluded further offensive operations, but Hood was determined and his situation was dire. Hood reached Nashville on December 2nd and staked out a position south of the city, hoping to draw the Union forces into a costly attack. Ulys… Read More

    09 Apr 1865

    Tennessee 53rd Infantry mustered out at Tennessee.