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2nd Tennessee Infantry (USA)
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Name: John M. LooperRank: Private Company: D

John Looper enlisted on 20 May 1862, and enrolled on 10 July 1862 at Huntsville for a three-year term in the U.S. Army, 2nd Tennessee Infantry. After a number of engagements, including the occupation of Cumberland Gap in the summer and autumn 1862; the Battle of Stones River, 2-3 Jan. 1863; Buffington Island and Salineville, 19 and 26 July 1863 (capture of Morgan's raiders); and the Battle of Blue Springs 10 Oct. 1863, Looper was captured with most of his regiment at the Battle of Rogersville, Tenn., on 6 Nov. 1863. He was imprisoned at Richmond's Belle's Isle later that month, spent a hard winter on open ground without fires and only one ragged blanket to sleep on, and was sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia on 18 February 1864. We know little of his experiences there, except that his brother Emerson, who had enlisted with him, died there of dysentery on 19 June 1864, and that family tradition says he had to eat rats to survive and that his bones were sticking through his skin. John was paroled to Charleston, S.C., on 10 Dec. 1864, and exchanged at Annapolis, Md., on 23 Feb. 1865. After his exchange he went via Baltimore and Cincinnati to Nicholasville, Ky., and then walked part of the way to Somerset, Ky., not making more than 4 miles some days because of weakness. He did not serve again, and was discharged on 19 June 1865 at Knoxville, Tenn. If he hadn't survived, I wouldn't have been born!

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