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Anthony Ballard (b. bet. 1834-1841) served as an under cook in Company H, 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.

Personal life

Ballard was born in Smith County, Tennessee.

Civil War service

Anthony Ballard enlisted in Company H on April 12, 1864 in Nashville, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on April 16, 1864.[1]

At enlistment he was 23 years old, 5' 5" tall, black complexion, black eyes, black hair, and a farmer.

According to the muster rolls he was present every month throughout his service except for May and June 1864.[2] He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that he was last paid to August 31, 1864 and owed $113.76 to the government for his clothing.[3]

Later life

No pension record for Ballard has been found. His grave has also not been located.


  1. His given name appears in regimental records once (at muster out) as "Antney", which was likely a clerical error.
  2. No reason is given for his absence.
  3. The amount he owed for clothing must be a clerical error. It is difficult to imagine that any soldier--especially a company cook--could have drawn this much clothing in less than a year's time.