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Elijah S. Wilson (abt 1824 - January 20, 1865) served as a private in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Elijah Wilson was born about 1824 in Johnson County, Tennessee to Andrew and Elizabeth (McQueen) Wilson.[1] He married Seraphina Shoun (b. 1835) with whom he had at least one child.[2]

Civil War service

Wilson enlisted as a private in Company M on February 2, 1864 in Taylorsville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in May 15, 1864 at Gallatin, Tennessee. He was transferred to Company G on June 16, 1864 by order of Colonel Miller per Regimental Order No. 63, dated June 1, 1864. In May 1864 he was detailed as a teamster for the month.

He is described as 39 years old, 6' tall, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, and by occupation a farmer.[3]

Wilson is listed as present for duty until October 23, 1864 when he was admitted to Asylum General Hospital in Knoxville. He died there on January 20, 1865 due to an unrecorded disease and is buried at Knoxville National Cemetery. Wilson's personal effects consisted of one overcoat, one pair trousers, one shirt, one haversack, and $10.

When the regiment mustered on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville, it was noted that he had last been paid to August 31, 1864, received clothing in the amount of $30.75 since enlistment, and had been paid $62 as an advance on his bounty.

His wife applied for a widow's pension on August 10, 1865.


  1. Wilson's year of birth is variable. The 1850 U.S. Census gives his age as 23 and the 1860 U.S. Census gives his age as 28. The year of birth used here is his stated age at enlistment.
  2. 1860 U.S. Census, 5th Civil District, Johnson County, Tennessee.
  3. The descriptive book for Company M states that he was 5' 5" tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, and black hair. A second record from Company M states that he was 5' 10" tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair.

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