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Barnett Cash Yelton (February 28, 1844 - December 26, 1914) served as a corporal in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Barnett Yelton, ca. 1910.

Personal life

Barnett Yelton was born February 28, 1844 in Watauga County, North Carolina to Barnett C. and Mary Ellen (Ford) Yelton. He married Mary Pauline Harmon (1841-1913) with whom he had at least nine children.

Civil War service

Yelton first enlisted as a private in Company D, 58th North Carolina Infantry on June 27, 1862; he was later transferred to Company I.[1] He next served in Company B, 5th North Carolina Cavalry Battalion, enlisting on August 1, 1862 and deserting on June 10, 1863 at Big Creek, Tennessee. Changing allegiance, he enlisted as a private in Company E, 13th Tennessee Cavalry on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal the same day.

He is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service.

Yelton mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $33.63 to the government for clothing, had been paid a bounty of $25, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Yelton was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He applied for an invalid's pension on December 29, 1885.

Yelton died December 26, 1914 in Phelps County, Missouri and is buried at Mill Creek Cemetery in Phelps County.


  1. When he left the 58th North Carolina Infantry not been found.

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