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Greenville Deweese (born abt 1839) served as a private in Company A, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Greenville Deweese was born about 1839 in Jackson County, Tennessee. He does not appear in any U.S. Census records and it is possible that he was using an alias.

Civil War service

Deweese enlisted as a private in Company A on September 22, 1863 in Smith County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in February 25, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

He is described as 24 years old, 5' 8" tall, fair complexion, gray eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Deweese is listed as present for duty until April 4, 1864 when he deserted at Nashville. He then enlisted under the name "Granville Dewese" as a private in Company H, 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry on April 7, 1864 at Carthage for a period of one year and mustered in May 17, 1864 also at Carthage.[2] He was arrested May 23, 1864 at Carthage, Tennessee and ordered by Colonel Miller (at that time commanding the brigade) to be placed under close confinement. The regiment's records note that he was recognized as a deserter, arrested, and sent back to the 13th Tennessee Cavalry on July 1, 1864. Deweese deserted again on July 10 or July 25, 1864 at Gallatin, Tennessee. One final note simply states "Died", but no record of his death has been located.

When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville it was noted that he was owed $3.00 for clothing and had been paid a $25 bounty. Deweese was dishonorably discharged.

Post-war life

No record of his death has been found, nor has his grave been located. Someone applied for a dependent's pension using his name and service with the 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry.[3]


  1. Another record states that he enlisted October 1, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee.
  2. A number of men with the Deweese (or some variation thereof) served in the 1st Tennessee Mounted Cavalry.
  3. See Pension Index, Number 409330. This pension application may provide more information about him.