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Jesse Phillips

Jesse S. Phillips (May 20, 1842 - May 31, 1931) served as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Jesse Phillips was born May 20, 1842 in Guilford County, North Carolina to William and Esther (Vickery) Phillips. He married Sarah J. Smith (1846-1923) with whom he had five children.

Civil War service

Phillips enlisted in in Company C on January 25, 1864 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in September 1, 1865 at Knoxville, Tennessee.

He is described as 23 years old, 5' 8" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Phillips is listed as present for duty until May 30, 1865 when he was admitted to Brownlow General Hospital at Knoxville; when he returned to duty was not recorded.

Phillips mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had never been paid, owed $9.12 to the government for clothing, and was owed a $300 bounty.

Post-war life

After being discharged, Phillips returned to North Carolina, married in 1866, moved to Hendricks County, Indiana before 1870 and to Kansas by 1884.[1] He was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic, first joining Neosho Post No. 129 in Chanute, Kansas and then Ad Astra Post No. 136, also in Chanute.[2]

Phillips applied for an invalid's pension on February 14, 1871. He died May 31, 1931 in Chanute and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery there.

Notes

  1. 1870 U.S. Census, 1880 U.S. Census, and G.A.R. post records.
  2. His membership in Kansas began in 1884.
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