Alfred Irvin (abt 1836 - abt December 1910) served as an under cook in Company B, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. He is one of twenty-three black men known to have served with the regiment, all of whom served as company cooks.
Alfred Irvin was born about 1836 in Washington County, Tennessee. He married Mary Jackson (1861-1914) with whom he had one child.
Civil War service
Irvin enlisted in Company B on October 6, 1864 at Bulls Gap, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on December 6, 1864 in Knoxville.
At enlistment he was 28 years old, 5' 8" tall, black complexion, black eyes, and black hair. No occupation was given.
According to the muster rolls Irvin was present every month throughout his service. He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that he was last paid to October 6, 1864 and owed $95.95 to the government for his clothing.
Irvin applied for an invalid's pension on October 17, 1889 while living in Tennessee. He is buried at College Hill-Evergreen Cemetery in Washington County, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on December 19, 1910.
- His surname is listed as Irwin in Scott & Angel, the Tennessee Adjutant General's Report, and his pension application. The muster rolls give his surname variously as: "Ervan", "Ervin", "Eurvin", and "Erwin".