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Hugh "Hughey" Vance (April 1842 - May 9, 1902) served as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Hugh Vance was born April 1842 in Tennessee. He married Martha [last name unknown] (b. 1852); they had no children.[1]

Civil War service

Vance first enlisted as a private in Company G, 63rd Tennessee Infantry on May 14, 1862 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He deserted June 19, 1862 from a train at Greeneville, Tennessee as his company was being transported from Knoxville to Zollicoffer [Bluff City]. Changing his allegiance, he enlisted as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Cavalry on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

He is described as 21 years old.

Vance was admitted to General Hospital No. 11 (also known as "Smallpox Hospital) in Nashville, Tennessee on March 9, 1864 with varioloid.[2] He deserted from the hospital on April 7, 1864 and returned to the regiment; this charge was later removed from his record.[3] Vance deserted August 28, 1864 at Bean's Station, Tennessee. He returned to the regiment on April 21, 1865 and was restored to duty under President Lincoln' proclamation.

Vance mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to June 30, 1864, owed $10.40 to the government for clothing, and had been paid a $25 bounty.

Post-war life

Vance applied for an invalid's pension on March 10, 1883. He died May 9, 1902 in Sullivan County, Tennessee and is buried at Piney Flats United Methodist Church Cemetery in Piney Flats, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on June 3, 1902.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, Civil District No. 9, Sullivan County, Tennessee.
  2. Varioloid is a mild form of smallpox that occurs when someone has already had smallpox or been vaccinated for it.
  3. War Department, Adjutant General's Office, March 21, 1888.

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