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James Gentry (November 5, 1843 - January 15, 1927) served as a corporal in Company A, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

James Gentry, ca. 1900.

Personal life

James Gentry was born November 5, 1843 in Johnson County, Tennessee to Philip and Hester (Cable) Gentry.[1] He married Saraphine Morley (1857-1935) with whom he had five children.[2]

Civil War service

Gentry enlisted as a private in Company A on September 22, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on May 30, 1864.

He is described as 19 years old, 6' 1/2" tall, fair complexion, black eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Gentry is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived.

Gentry mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, was owed $6.53 from the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Gentry applied for an invalid's pension on August 26, 1890. He died January 15, 1927 in Johnson County and is buried at Gentry Cemetery (Highway 67) in Butler, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on January 27, 1927.


  1. The middle initial he used throughout the war is "A", whereas the middle initial he used after the war is "R"; the latter is what appears on post-war official records, including his death certificate.
  2. 1910 U.S. Census, 6th Civil District, Johnson County, Tennessee.

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