John Sherman Saunders served as a second lieutenant in Co. H, 61st Tennessee Mounted Infantry, also known as Pitts' Regiment and the 81st Tennessee Infantry.
He was captured by Union forces in Claiborne County, Tennessee on November 6, 1863, and was sent to the military prison at Louisville, Kentucky, where he arrived on November 14. From there, he was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio on November 17, 1863. He remained at Camp Chase until March 25, 1864, when he was sent to Fort Delaware, Delaware. The trip to Delaware took two days. There he remained until the end of the war, and was released upon his oath of allegiance to the United States on June 12, 1865.
At the time of his release, he was described as having a light complexion, dark hair, and blue eyes. He was 5'9" tall.John S. Saunders died May 31, 1906.