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John C. Elberson (born abt. 1839) served as a corporal in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

John Elberson was born about 1839 in Pickens County, South Carolina. He married Barbara [last name unknown] (b. abt. 1840), with whom he had at least one child.[1]

Civil War service

Elberson enlisted as a private in Company I 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 corporal on June 28, 1864.

He is described as 24 years old, 5' 10" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a boot maker.

Elberson is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived. In June 1864 he served as an orderly, presumably at regimental headquarters.

Elberson mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $30.18 to the government for clothing in kind or money advanced, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Elberson's date of death, place of death, and the location of his grave have not been found.


  1. 1860 U.S. Census, 2nd Regiment District, Pickens County, South Carolina.