ALLEN, RICHARD (1844~1915) Richard Allen was a private in Company C of the 8th Tennessee Infantry. He was part of Donelsons Brigade, Cheathams Division. He enlisted May 18, 1861, and according to the muster roll he was only 16 years old, too young to serve. He was discharged July 16, 1862 and records do not indicate Allen rejoined when he turned 18. During the time Allen was present on the muster rolls the 8th Infantry Regiment was ordered to Virginia, the unit arrived at Huntersville in July with 887 men. Assigned to D.S. Donelson's Brigade, it participated in Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign, then was sent to Port Royal, South Carolina. During the spring of 1862, it moved west, fought at Corinth, Munfordville, and Perryville then joined the Army of Tennessee.
Not much is known about Allens early life other than he was born in Tennessee. He came to Texas in 1887 were he took up residence in Crandall, Texas, presumably with his wife whos name we do not know. By 1907 Allen had been living in Dripping Springs, Texas off and on for about seven years. He was 61 years old at that time and it was also the year he applied for a Confederate pension. According to his pension application his wife was already deceased. We do not know if they had any children.
Richard Allen was admitted to the Texas Confederate Mens Home three different times.
The first time was July 20, 1894 and he was dishonorably discharged February 10, 1895. He returned to the home again January 12, 1898 and left May 10, 1904 at his request. His final return was July 31, 1910 and he stayed there until his death June 13, 1915. Richard Allen was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Information from: Compiled military records, Confederate Application for Pension, Confederate Home Roster, his Death Certificate and the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov.