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David S. Tanner (August 27, 1823 - August 2, 1897) served as a blacksmith in Company L, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

David Tanner was born August 27, 1823 in Rutherford County, North Carolina to Michael and Catharine (Braddy) Tanner. He married Isabella Fincher (1834-1916) with whom he had six children.[1]

Civil War service

Tanner enlisted as a private in Company L on March 15, 1864 in Knoxville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in April 11, 1864 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed company blacksmith on either April 21, 1864 or June 1, 1864.[2]

He is described as 31 years old.

Tanner is listed as present for duty until August 21, 1864 when he was reported sick in Asylum General Hospital at Knoxville; when he returned to duty was not recorded. He again appears on the hospital rolls beginning October 5, 1864 through December 31, 1864 with no date of his return to duty being found.

Tanner mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $33.43 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $275 bounty.

Post-war life

Tanner's family moved from North Carolina to Carroll County, Georgia by 1850, which is where he married by 1860. After 1870 he moved his family to Cherokee County, Alabama.

Tanner applied for an invalid's pension on October 12, 1887. He died August 2, 1897 in Cullman County, Alabama and is buried at Cullman City Cemetery in Cullman, Alabama. His wife applied for a widow's pension on August 27, 1897.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, Precinct No. 1, Cullman County, Alabama.
  2. Both dates appear in his file.

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