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Henry Lethco (July 15, 1830 - May 10, 1914) served as a private in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Henry Lethco was born July 15, 1830 in Washington County, Virginia to Austin and Nancy (Fuller) Lethco.[1] He married Emma Ellen Blalock (1846-1922) with whom he had two children.

Civil War service

Lethco first enlisted as a private in Company F, 48th Virginia Infantry on June 15, 1861 in Washington County, Virginia.[2] Changing his allegiance, he enlisted in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry on September 22, 1863 in Washington County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in November 8, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed commissary sergeant on October 1, 1863 by Colonel Miller. He resigned his appointment as commissary sergeant and was appointed sergeant on June 25, 1864.

He is described as 26 years old, 6' tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Lethco is listed as present for duty until he deserted September 18, 1864 at Bulls Gap, Tennessee. He returned to the regiment on October 5, 1864, received a pardon from Governor Andrew Johnson, and was reduced to the rank of private. He was present for duty for the remainder of his term of service.

Lethco mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $31.91 to the government for clothing in kind or money advanced, and had been paid a $25 bounty.

Post-war life

He applied for an invalid's pension on April 20, 1887.

Lethco died May 10, 1914 in Sevier County, Tennessee and is buried at Tudor Cemetery in Tudor Hollow, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on June 4, 1914.


  1. His Civil War records indicate he was 26 years old, which would make him born between 1835 and 1837. All other official records give his year of birth as 1830.
  2. When he was discharged or if deserted has not been located.

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