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Zachary Taylor Hunt 
1846 - 1917
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Z. T. HUNT PASSES AWAY

 

As the result of a relapse from an illness of pneumonia, Mr. Z. T. Hunt passed away last Friday at his home near here.  He had survived a most severe attack of pneumonia and was able to sit up, but on Monday, before death, he had suffered a relapse.  Not many of his friends knew of his second illness, therefore, the news of his death came as a painful surprise and great shock.

Interment was in the Madisonville cemetery Thursday afternoon, a brief yet impressive funeral service being conducted at the grave by  Rev. J. Lynn Bachman.  Present at the graveside and taking part in the burial rights were four comrades in the Confederate cause, for which, as told by Dr. Bachman, also a comrade, the deceased performed faithful and valiant service.  They were Messrs. W. W. Marr, C. C. Carter, W. T. Lenoir, and J. A. Johnston.  As Dr. Bachman concluded his remarks, each implanted on the casket a small mounted metal flag of the “lost cause,” and upon the finished mound was placed a wreath of Oleander in the center of which floated a silken Confederate flag, be-ing the offering of the Camp John A. Rowan Daughters of the Confederacy, of which the deceased was a member.

He is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Daisy Frame, who, since her husband’s death, has resided on the home place; Henry B. Hunt, of Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Josephine Turney, of Arizona.  All were present when the end came except the son.  He had visited his father during his illness but had returned to Dallas when his father began to show improvement.

A brief history of his life is as follows: Zachary Taylor Hunt was born July 24, 1846 and died April 6, 1917.  Served with distinction in the Confederate army during the civil war, as more fully detailed in this article. After the war he at-tended school at Hiwassee College, and shortly afterwards went to California, making the trip by boat from New York City via Panama before the first continental railroad was completed.  While in California he studied medicine with the expectation of practicing it, but he lost his right arm in a threshing machine and was forced to abandon this profession.   He then studied law in Madisonville, being admitted to the bar in 1876.  In the same year he was married to Miss Mary Hanna, of Texas, who survives him.

Of his military record, when not quite sixteen years of age, he enlisted in the Confederate service, entering Co. B. 59th Tenn. Infantry, as a private.  This company was raised by J. P. Brown, afterwards Lieutenant-Colonel, Capt.  A?????? Anderson, C. F. Wilson and ?????? Clark.  Mr. Hunt saw active service in the Kentucky campaign in December 1862, being in Taylor’s Brigade, Stephenson’s division and Gen. E. Kirby Smith’s corps.   He was later with his division sent to Vicksburg, being one of its defenders during the siege.  At the fall of the city he was captured and paroled and later, when exchanged, rejoined his command and saw much fighting in the Virginia campaign, until captured at Piedmont, after which until peace was declared he was a prisoner of war at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Hunt had in his possession a letter from Col. Aiken, in which the latter praised Mr. Hunt as being one of the best soldiers of his regiment.  Esq. C. C. Carter, who was Mr. Hunt’s close companion during most of the war, can relate many tales of daring in which Mr. Hunt participated.

Mr. Hunt was a successful attorney of the Monroe county bar until the last few years when he practically gave up  his   work  to  devote his time to farming.  In his law practice at different times he had as partners Col. T. E. H. Mc- Crosky, W. Morris Harrison and J. M. Pardue.  As a farmer and particularly as a gardener and horticulturist, Mr. Hunt was also very successful, and in all his pursuits he was an untiring worker, and in public affairs and the matter of public improvement he was always avowedly and aggressively a progressive.  He was a man of strong convictions and true to them. The sadly bereaved wife and children have the sympathy of the public in their sad hours.

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(Orig. obituary probably published Saturday, 14 April 1917 in Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee.)


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