|Andrew Jackson Chavers|
In July 1910, Nathan applied for and received a pension in Jackson, Alabama; Andy applied for one two years later. At that time, a controversy arose about the fact that records showed the brothers were deserters; company muster rolls show both as "absent without leave" after May 1863. Nathan's pension was called for a review. The brothers insisted that they had been sent home after their race and skin color was called into question. They said they were "Black Dutch," white mixed with Indian and there was "no African blood" in them. (The Chavers, along with their kin, the Evans and Shoemake families, had filed claims with the Eastern Cherokee in 1907; they are often listed as "mulatto" or "Indian" on census records.) According to Andy, an officer sent them home and they left (probably gratefully) and remained there for the rest of the war. Several members of their company gave affidavits that this was the story they had heard at the time; unfortunately, there didn't appear to be any official record to support the claim.
|from Nathan Chaver's pension file|
Information about the Battle of Stone's River can be found at http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/stonesriver/stones-river-history/new-years-hell-1.html