John Madison Sivley, a son of G.W. Sivley, later recalled that he favored the Union, while his father and brother, Daniel H., were Confederates. John M. and Daniel H. Sivley were arrested ""with other supposed Rebels'' and were due to be sent to Rock Island, Ill. They were kept for three days in the old Western and Atlantic Railroad freight depot near the Crutchfield House. They were given nothing to eat during this time and had to beg for water. At Nashville, they saw Chattanoogan Elbert James and through him the Sivley brothers were able to gain their release. James also provided a month's board for them in Nashville. It was a fortunate thing for them because ""300 Chattanooga men were on the train (to Rock Island)and none returned here. Practically all died from some strange malady that broke out in the prison.'' After the battle at Missionary Ridge,John M. Sivley helped dig a hole in which 21slain soldiers were buried.
Father: George Washington Sivley b: 1821 in , , Tennessee
Mother: Sarah (Sally) Boswell b: 1821 in Kentucky
Marriage 1 Candis M Riddle.