1862 –In a letter believed to be written August, Adelicia wrote that “George left this morning, gone no one knows where unless to the camp.” The camp would have been at Fort Negley. McGavock Hayes papers TSLA. Miscip. # 785 Letter to Oliver. letter #31 in Belmont Mansion files
1862 - A George Apeland appears on the Employment Records of slaves and freed people for building of the Fortifications in Nashville. His owner was listed as Col. Apeland. As only the spoken name was given when men were recorded in the Federal Rolls and Acklen could be spelled in many variations this appears to be the same person. He worked for four months at a rate of $7 per month. He was never paid.
Other Possible Sources:
1864 – April 6 - The Nashville City Cemetery Records listed the burial of an infant F.C.C. [free child of color] of George Acklen, F. M. C. [free male of color] on April 6, 1864.
1868 – March 12 – The Nashville City Cemetery Records listed the burial of an infant son of George Acklin.
1870 -A George Acklen shot Washing Harding after being attacked by him. They are working on the Capt. Hammer farm on Ewing Pike four miles from Nashville. This may or may not be the same person. [March 19, 1870 Nashville Banner]
1871 – A George Acklin age 23 was a witness in a US Southern Claims Commission filing for Moris J. Moran who claimed the army took several horses from him. George said he saw them take the horses.
1872 – A George Acklen was a witness in a US Southern Claims Commission filing for Peter Jennings, who said the army took 11 head of cattle from him. George states he is 25 years old and “drove dray for him [Peter] in 1864.
1878 – Nashville City Directory listed a George Acklen as a laborer.
1880 – US Census records listed a George Ackland (35) born about 1845 married to Rose in St. Louis Missouri. He appeared several times again with the notation that he can read, though not write.
1921 – August 27 – George Ackland passed away, years after his wife; both are buried in the National Register listed Greenwood Cemetery of St. Louis. There are two possible children Columbus Ackland and Mary Scott with whom he is living at the time of his death.