The American Civil War Soldiers on ancestry.com list includes:
Their Compiled Service Records provide additional information about the three brothers. Examining the cards one can establish dates of service, where they served, injuries, court martial and various other details of their lives.
The brothers' files contain the following: John T. Giffin 28 cards, Volney Giffin
21 cards, and George W. L. 19 cards.
John T or L or T John Giffin has twenty-eight cards. He was a private, Co. A, 6th Regiment, East Tennessee Infantry, aged 20 years, enrolled April 24, 1862 in Boston, Kentucky, term three years. His cards date from March 8, 1862 to August 1864, when there is a gap until November and December 1864. On November 27, 1862 he was a Principal Musician. He mustered out on June 9, 1865, last paid February 29, 1864. For his clothing account of June 30, 1863 he received $70.64 and was due a bounty of $100. He is on the muster out roll of April 27, 1865, last paid 29 February 1865, for clothing account June 30, 1863 he received $65.84. On the cards for March and November it states that he is arrest or confinement since July 16, 1864. On card #20 it states: At muster out of Company was held to service by sentence of a General Court Martial for violation of the 7th and 9th Articles of War is to forfeit two months pay and perform three months of labor. Mustered out by reason of expiration of service having performed three months labor. On Card #22 it states: By sentence of a General Court Martial not mustered out for violation of the 7th and 9th Acts of War is to forfeit two months pay and perform three months labor is at Wilmington, North Carolina by order of…On Card #23 it states: J. L. Griffin Prisoner of War Records, Pv. Co. A 6th Regiment of Tennessee Infantry, three enclosures POW. On Card #24 it states: Captured at Knox Co., Tennessee April 1, 1863. Confined at Richmond, Virginia, May 14, 1863. Paroled at City Point, Virginia, May 15, 1863, Reported to Camp Parole, Maryland May 18, 1863, Sent from CP, Maryland to CCC May 19, 1863.
So, in the case of John it would appear he did not die in the war. Something may have happened to him while under Court Martial, which it seems he served after returning from being released as a POW.
Lafayette has one card under that name and under George W. L. he has nineteen cards. The first card provides a description of him at the time of enlistment. He served in Co. A, 6th Regiment, East Tennessee Infantry, aged 18 years, height 5’ 5”, complexion dark, eyes black, hair dark, born in Knox Co., Tennessee, occupation farmer. Enlisted September 21, 1862 in Knox Co., Tennessee, term three years. His cards date from September 1862 to December 1864. On Card #15 he is listed as a P Corporal in Co. A, 6th Regiment, East Tennessee Infantry, and he is aged 18 years. Detachment Muster Roll in Nashville, Tennessee June 12, 1865. Last paid to December 31, 1864, clothing account of October 31, 1863 he received $74.54 and was due a bounty of $100. On Card #16 Prt. Corporal returns shows, Jan. 1863 Gain Sep. 21, 1862, Knox Co., Tenn., enlisted in Regt., April 1863 absent on duty, Carthage, Tenn., June 1865 Loss, Discharged June 12, 1865, Nashville, by reason of telegraphic instruction from War Dept. AGO.
From the overall picture of Volney's injury on July 22, 1864 and his hospital records indicating he was in the hospital in Knoxville by August 8, 1864, we can determine that he was moved rather quickly from Georgia back to Tennessee after the injury. He did spend months in the hospital recovering from August to December, but we might wonder where he was from December to his mustering out on June 12, 1864. It is very probable he remained in the hospital, but those records were not created. Being so close to his home and family it seems that they would have had some contact.
Francis Orray Ticknor was a confederate sympathizer, a physician working in a Confederate Hospital and living in Torch Hill, Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia. F. O. Ticknor appears in the Georgia, Civil War Muster Rolls, 1860-1864 at ancestry.com. Serving in Muscogee County, he mustered in on 2 Jul 1864, with
Captain S.J. Pemberton Captain, Apotheoary, Company of Calvary, under Major G. O. Dawson. It would seem unlikely Dr. Ticknor and Volney Griffin ever crossed paths. In other research I have seen where Confederate Doctors did treat Union soldiers, but if this was the case the treatment would have been brief due to Volney's entrance into the hospital in Knoxville seventeen dates after his injury.
As to the soldier Isaac Newton Giffin, there are two possible matches in the census records, but nothing was found in the Confederate Military records. In 1850 Census there is an Isaac N. Giffin, age 5, living with his father Isaac Giffin, in Middle District, Dickson, Tennessee. In the 1860 Census there is a J. N. Giffin age 13 living with his father Isaac Giffin in North and East of Cumberland River, Montgomery, Tennessee. The Confederate Military records are not complete, but with further research one might locate medical records of that time period.
So, my conclusion is that Volney Giffin is probably not the subject of the poem "Little Giffin." He was of similar appearance and age, and received an injury in about the same time period that required extensive medical attention. For both young men, one Confederate and the other Union, there is no record showing either directly related to the poem. If someone out there has further information please share, post a comment or send me an email.
This was an amazing project and after working on the research of Ruby Marie Harvey last night, I have determined that she is probably only indirectly related to the family of Volney Giffin. The best part of the project is making contact with relatives of Ruby who are very interested in the manuscript collection and I can now pass it on to them.
Happy genealogy hunting to all of you addicted genealogists out there.