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John Eastridge (abt 1833 - abt 1894) served as a corporal in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

John Eastridge was born about 1833 in Ashe County, North Carolina to Pleasant and Phoebe (Graybeal) Eastridge.[1] He married Rebecca Dougherty with whom he had at least seven children.[2]

Civil War service

Eastridge enlisted as a private in Company E on October 1, 1864 at Carter's Depot, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in December 25, 1864 at New Market, Tennessee.[3] He was appointed corporal on March 26, 1865 by order of Lieutenant Colonel Stacy.

He is described as 34 years old, 5' 8" tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Eastridge is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived. In the 1890 U.S. Veterans Schedule of the U.S. Census, he claimed to be disabled due to a gun shot wound to his right arm.[4] No record of this wound is found in the regimental papers.

Eastridge mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had never been paid, owed $2.15 to the government for clothing, and was owed a $100 bounty.

Post-war life

Eastridge applied for an invalid's pension on May 14, 1878. He likely died in April 1894; the location of his grave has not been found. His wife applied for a widow's pension on May 2, 1894.

Notes

  1. His date of birth at enlistment conflicts with U.S. Census records by three years.
  2. 1870 U.S. Census, Laurel Township, Ashe County, North Carolina.
  3. Eastridge may have served in a Confederate North Carolina regiment (either the 26th North Carolina Infantry or the 13th North Carolina Cavalry, likely the latter) before enlisting in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry; additional research is needed.
  4. 1890 Special Schedule, Creston Township, Ashe County, North Carolina.
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