The military career of Tandy Bright may be summarized: Tandy F. BrightPvt.Co. G2 Regt., 1st Brg. Army of MS Enlisted August 24, 1861 at Iuka MS by Capt. Lindsy for period of 12 months Last paid Nov 1, 1861 by C. G. Blunt Killed at Fort DonelsonFeb 12, 1862
An account of Tandy Bright's death is found in the diary of Captain Robert I. Hill as follows: Captain Robert I. Hill Diary August 1861 - 10 June 1862 (Robert Hill served in the Civil War and was Captain of Co. B 23rd Miss. Infantry. His diary from the war was printed in the Waco, Texas paper.)
"Wednesday Feb. 12, 1862. Early this morning the main body of the regiment were engaged in getting the new camping ground ready, and commenced moving over their baggage, and by the assistance of our baggage wagons who had arrived this morning we were enabled to get oved back by 3 o'clock. But before we had time to pitch or get the first tent up, heavy firing commenced rather to the right of our front. Our regiment was ordered under arms and into line and ready to march wherever ordered.
Firing having ceased we were ordered to cut down the timber in front of us, and had been engaged some time at the work when the firing recommenced, when we were ordered into line again.When the firing ceased and our cavalry returned to camp, picks, shovels, spades, and axes were now brought forward and we were ordered to cut rifle pits rather under the brow of the hill. This was near sundown.
Captain McCarley's company was relieved this morning by Captain Alcorn's company, First Mississippi regiment, who occupied their place on picket duty. McCarley's company was thrown out this evening to protect the timber cutters, when the enemy attacked Captain Alcorn's company on picket duty and drove them in, also Forrest's cavalry who was out. Captain McCarley's company was ordered back into time when this firing took place. This was near sundown.Now came the cutting of the rifle pits, which was commenced about half an hour before sundown. The men in the meantime got something to eat as best they could.
We continued to work until about one hour after dark, when orders were received to detail four men from each company under Captain Saunders who was to act as guard to 40 men whom we detailed to cut down the remainder of the timber in front. The guard marched out to the duty assigned them and the men to cut timber were being paraded, when the enemy delivered a heavy fire on the picket company about 200 yards in front of our lines. Our pickets returned the fire and fell back to the lines.
This fire of the enemy killed one of our pickets; Mr. Bright (Tandy Bright-JAF) in McCarley's company, also killed one man in the lines of Captain Saunders' company, and wounding several in other companies."
Tandy Bright was a Confederate casualty and there is no known record of his burial. There is a single monument at Fort Donelson for all the Confederate soldiers who fought and died there: http://www.nps.gov/fodo/photosmultimedia/tourstopone.htmhttp://www.nps.gov/fodo/photosmultimedia/tourstopone.htm