The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 301
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Edward H. Tarrant
as being about five feet ten inches tall with blue eyes and fair
complexion. He was unassuming, kind, and gentle, with many
friends and few enemies.6
Edward H. Tarrant did not remain long in South Carolina.
During the War of 1812, he was living in Muhlenberg County,
Kentucky. On November o2, 1814, he enlisted in Captain Alney
McLean's company, 14th Regiment, Kentucky Detached Militia.
That organization was a part of the command of Lieutenant Col-
onel William Mitchisson. The enlistment was for a period of six
months. Tarrant must have been a good soldier, for less than
three months later, on February 6, 1815, he was promoted to
It seems probable that members of the company continued to
live at home and to meet regularly for training at a place known
as the Old Russell Field, in the southern part of the county, east
of Greenville, the county seat, near where Pleasant Hill Church
was built later. It seems to have been spoken of locally during
the war as Camp Jackson and at the close of the struggle was
designated Russellville in mustering out papers. Tarrant, who
was carried on the roster as E. H. 'Tarrants, was discharged and
paid at the rate of ten dollars per month on May 20, 1815. He
had received no pay since being promoted to corporal, and there-
fore was reimbursed for three months and fourteen days, $34.51.7
That record appears to be conclusive evidence that Tarrant
did not leave Kentucky while in military service. Nevertheless,
with his fellow citizens of Muhlenberg County, he bitterly re-
sented Jackson's criticism, questioning the valor of some Ken-
How long Tarrant lived in Muhlenberg County, when he left
Kentucky, and where he went are facts yet to be established. But
in the early 182o's, he was in Henry County, Tennessee. By 1823
or 1824, he was well established in the new frontier environment,
and was elected Colonel of Militia in a spirited contest with Major
L. L. Hagler. General John W. Cook was in command of forces
defending the region against Indians. In cooperation with the
newly elected colonel, the general decided to give the militia
'Texas Writer's Project Research Data (MS., Fort Worth Public Library), II, 18oo.
7E. H. Tarrant Service Record (National Archives, Washington, D. C.).
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