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Elijah Sexton

Elijah P. Sexton (abt 1846 - February 21, 1895) served as a private in Company K, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Elijah Sexton was born about 1846 in Greene County, Tennessee to William and Martha (Seay) Sexton. He married Eliza E. Long (1851-1908) with whom he had at least four children.[1]

Civil War service

Sexton enlisted as a private in Company K on November 1, 1864 in Bull's Gap, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in July 29, 1865 at Knoxville, Tennessee.

He is described as 18 years old, 5' 9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Sexton is listed as present for duty until November 14, 1864 when he was admitted to Asylum General Hospital in Knoxville. He returned to the regiment on January 15, 1865 and it was later erroneously recorded that he had been missing in action.[2]

Sexton mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last never been paid, owed $41.32 to the government for clothing, and was owed a $100 bounty.

Post-war life

Sexton applied for an invalid's pension on September 2, 1869. He died February 21, 1895 in Hampton, Tennessee and is buried at Knoxville National Cemetery. His wife applied for a widow's pension on March 13, 1895.

Notes

  1. 1880 U.S. Census, 2nd Civil District, Knox County, Tennessee.
  2. A prisoner of war record is in his regimental papers, but it shows "no record" of him ever being confined as a prisoner of war after November 1, 1864.
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