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John Gillen (b. about 1835 - January 14, 1920) served as a blacksmith in Company B, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

John Gillen was born about 1835 in Ireland. According to the 1910 U.S. Census, he immigrated to the United States in 1847.

Civil War service

Gillen enlisted as a private at "age 28" in Company B on September 23, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed blacksmith the day he enlisted.

He is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service.

Gillen mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $37.93 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a bounty of $75.

Post-war life

He applied for an invalid's pension on July 2, 1894.[1]

Gillen died January 14, 1920 in Orting, Washington and is buried at Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery in Orting.


  1. When he moved to Washington has not been determined, but his pension application was filed from there. By 1910, he was living in the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, which was established in 1891.

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