On Nov. 10, the Tellico Iron Works 2636 Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held a grave marker service at the Fenders Cemetery near Sweetwater for John Clinton Terry who, in 1931, was the oldest living Confederate soldier in Monroe County, according to an article in the Advocate & Democrat at that time.
John C. Terry was born May 11, 1836 in Granville County, North Carolina and moved to the Monroe/Loudon counties area in 1866.
Terry was a soldier in the 17th Virginia Cavalry and was in several major battles in Virginia and North Carolina.
He was wagon master and delivered foods and supplies to the troops, always being in harm’s way but never injured. During the last months of the War Between the States, he served under Gen. Robert E. Lee’s command in a North Carolina unit.
After his move to Sweetwater in 1901 from the Fenders community in Loudon County, Terry served as a city police officer, constable and was a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Prior Watson.
Terry moved to Chattanooga in 1931 to be with his daughter and came back many times to visit in Sweetwater.
Terry died in 1935 at the age of 99 years, 1 month and 19 days. He was buried in the Fenders Cemetery near Sweetwater.
The stone marking Terry’s service to the Confederacy was placed by the Tellico Iron Works Chapter.
Rick Wilson, in his Confederate uniform held vigil over the grave during the ceremony. Great-great-grandson Sammy Teague read the biography, Chapter President Sharon Cain read the memorial statement, Terry’s great-granddaughter Susy Wicker (escorted by Sharon Wilson) placed the wreath, and Michelle Wilson placed a battle flag at the site.