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Franklin Martin (b. abt 1839) served as an under cook in Company A, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. He is one of twenty-three black men known to have served with the regiment, all of whom served as company cooks.

Personal life

Franklin Martin was born about 1839 in Barren County, Kentucky.

Civil War service

Martin enlisted in Company A on February 14, 1864 at Burkesville, Kentucky for a period of three years. He mustered in on April 16, 1864 in Nashville, Tennessee.

At enlistment he was 25 years old, 5' 10" tall, black complexion, black eyes, and black hair. He had been living near Burkesville in Cumberland County, Kentucky where he was a farmer.

According to the muster rolls Martin was present every month throughout his service. He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that he was last paid to August 31, 1864 and owed $31.20 to the government for his clothing.

Later life

No further information about Martin nor the location of his grave has been found.