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Aris Osborn (July 18, 1843 - November 23, 1927) served as a private in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Aris Osborn, ca. 1890.

Personal life

Aris Osborn was born July 18, 1843 in Ashe County, North Carolina to Stephen and Mary (Vanover) Osborn.[1] He married Elizabeth Osborne (1840-1915) with whom he had at least two children.

Civil War service

Osborn first enlisted in as a private in Company L, 58th North Carolina Infantry, CSA, on July 20, 1862 in Ashe County, North Carolina. He mustered out January 26, 1863 at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee.

Changing his loyalties, Osborn enlisted as a private in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

At enlistment, Osborn was 20 years old, described as 5'6", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Osborn deserted from camp at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee on November 15, 1863. He returned to the regiment on September 7, 1864. He deserted a second time on October 6, 1864 and returned to the regiment on May 10, 1865. Osborn was restored to duty and received a pardon per President Lincoln's proclamation about deserters.

Osborn mustered out with regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had received clothing in the amount of $17.00 1/2, but was not charged for it. No record of his pay has been found and he received no bounty for his service.

A War Department Adjutant General's Office document dated October 8, 1885 states that an application for removal of the charge of desertion from his record was denied.

Post-war life

Osborn died November 23, 1927 in Ashe County, North Carolina and is buried at Green Valley Cemetery in Ashe County.


  1. The spelling of his surname is found in records both without a final "e" and with a final "e". His brother Alvin's (1821-1850) headstone lacks a final "e". Because he died long before Aris, I am inclined to believe the family originally spelled their surname "Osborn". However, Aris' children did add a final "e" to their surnames, but their father's death certificate lacks a final "e".

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