1852 CONFEDERATE RAID at HENDERSON STATION

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1862 HENDERSON STATION RAID, later CHESTER COUNTY TN

By Glendel W “Glen” Peddy
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HENDERSON STATION RAID of 1862 at Henderson, Tennessee
Allen K. Jones was among the 50 outstanding citizens who were assessed for damages inflicted upon Henderson Station. The Union had acquired the railroad station since the latter part of October, 1862 - after the Battle of SHILOH. A 66 man detachment Co "B", 49th Illinois Infantry Regiment was guarding the station and outlying bridges. The Federals used the station as a supply house for guns, ammunition and camping supplies. On the morning of November 25th, a Confederate raid by Major N. N. COX was made on Henderson Station. The depot was destroyed, about 100 bales of cotton, the water tank, and the arms and camp equipment that belonged to the Union Army. One Federal soldier was killed during the raid, 33 were captured and 29 Union soldiers ran for their lives. Through embarrassment, the Federals decided that someone must pay for the damage. Through the assistance of northern sympathizers, they elected to assess the most outstanding Southern sympathizers to pay for the damage. The money collected was to be paid to the U.S. Treasurer and to any citizen who had a monetary interest in the property that was damaged. All of the collected money was not turned into the U.S. Treasury, nor was it ever accounted for. In 1877, it was legally determined that the assessments and collections were illegal in the first place. That the bulk of the loss belonged to the railroad company and to a few private citizens. That only the company equipment and arms belonged to the Federals.
Injured parties were allowed to make separate claims against the U.S. Government for a portion of the original assessment. Names of these assessed was listed and sent to Washington. Through error the names of James O. Hendricks and Allen K. Jones were omitted from the list. Allen K. Jones tried repeatedly to collect his claim but was not able to receive a dime. Mr. Hendricks probably didn’t either. Supporting letters indicate the changes of senators and representatives handling the claims and the omissions of the two named persons from the original list had caused the delay in reimbursements.
Note: Supporting correspondence from the House of Representatives U.S. dated May 27, 1884, indicate the claim was never paid. Allen K. Jones died in 1885.
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