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Alexander Morton (May 4, 1844 - January 18, 1887) served as a private in Company A, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Alexander Morton was born May 4, 1844 in Carter County, Tennessee to George Franklin and Adaline (Campbell) Morton. He married Mary A. Griffith (1846-1897) with whom he had at least eight children.[1]

Civil War service

Morton enlisted as a private in Company A on September 22, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

He is described as 20 years old, 6' tall, fair complexion, gray eyes, black hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Morton is listed as present for duty until June 1865 when he was granted a furlough for an unspecified time. However, in July/August 1865 he is recorded at General Hospital No. 1 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. No other record of his time in the hospital can be found, so it is uncertain if he was a patient or detailed as an orderly.

Morton mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $9.98 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Morton applied for an invalid's pension on April 16, 1879. He died January 18, 1887 in Carter County and is buried at Morton Cemetery in Hampton, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on April 2, 1887. James B. Nave applied for a minor's pension on August 9, 1897.[2]


  1. 1880 U.S. Census, 3rd Civil District, Carter County, Tennessee.
  2. Who this child is and how he was related to Morton has not been determined.

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