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Charles H. Colvard (abt 1847 - March 15, 1919) served as a corporal in Company L, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Charles Colvard was born about 1847 in Cherokee County, North Carolina. He married Lovanda Cook (1896 - aft 1930) with whom he had one child.[1]

Civil War service

Colvard enlisted as a private in Company L on April 8, 1864 in Nashville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in April 11, 1864 at Nashville. He was appointed corporal on May 13, 1865.

He is listed as present for duty until August 17, 1864 when he was left sick at Asylum General Hospital in Knoxville; when he returned to the regiment was not recorded. Colvard was again left sick at Panther Springs, Tennessee on October 28, 1864 and returned to the regiment in February 1865.

Colvard 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 $275 bounty.

Post-war life

On an unknown date, Colvard moved to Kansas City, Kansas. He was admitted to the Western Branch of the National Home for Disabled Soldiers at Leavenworth on December 8, 1908. He transferred to the Mountain Branch National Home on November 11, 1909. He transferred back to the Western Branch on April 2, 1910 and was discharged from there May 21, 1910. Colvard was next admitted to the Mountain Branch on November 16, 1910 and discharged March 1, 1912. He was admitted again to the Mountain Branch Home twice, once in 1915 and once in 1916; he was dismissed from the home after June 3, 1916 for some unstated offense.[2] According to his medical history, Colvard had multiple health problems: total deafness in his right ear, kyphosis, pterygium of the right eye, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, and "old" gunshot wound to the right breast[3], malarial poisoning, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, and cardiac hypertrophy. Upon his first admission to the Western Branch Home, he is described as 61 years old, 5' 7" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, gray hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Colvard applied for an invalid's pension on June 9, 1892 while living in Arkansas and using the alias Charles H. Colbert. He died March 15, 1919 in Johnson City, Tennessee due to chronic diarrhea and is buried at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City. His wife applied for a guardian's pension on March 21, 1919 using the Colbert surname.[4]


  1. 1920 U.S. Census, Fork Mountain Township, Mitchell County, North Carolina.
  2. Register, U.S. National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, Johnson City, Tennessee, 1866-1938.
  3. No records indicate that this wound was received in any action while serving with the regiment.
  4. Is is possible that they were never married; further research is needed.

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