I think you must be mistaken, sir. This is a Pumphrey, and yes his father was the largest slaveholder in the county. But the suggestion any of them deserted is incorrect.
William was 18 and enlisted with his 19 year old brother Berryman and their 41 year old uncle Spencer McDaniel. The uncle and brother died within the month at Camp Cherokee in Tennessee. William was ill and remained in the Western theatre. He was present at the wedding of General John Hunt Morgan to Martha Ready (in fact, after the war he settled in Kentucky and was a founding member of the Morgan's Men association). When he filed his confederate pension request, two of the elderly surviving men of Morgan's Raiders testified under oath in county court as to his service. I also know he was chosen to travel with General Bragg and his wife to Bragg Hospital in Ringold, Ga under Bragg's request and was there until battle forced the hospital occupants to be removed. He was captured at that time and sent to prison.
I believe two of his young brothers died in service and two others fought the length of the war and
came home and died - they both have CSA stones.
William Pumphrey lived until 1930 in Kentucky and was active with the Morgan's Men association for 60 years. I have photos of their annual picnics. He was my 3rd great grandfather.