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John W. Headrick (September 29, 1844 - February 6, 1929) served as a corporal in Company A, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

John Headrick was born September 29, 1844 in Carter County, Tennessee to Charles and Jane Rosanna (Chambers) Headrick. He married first Ann Cordelia Fletcher (1847-1910) with whom he had eleven children.[1] He married second Ellen Fletcher (1849-1932); they had no children.

Civil War service

Headrick enlisted as a private in Company A on September 22, 1863 in Carter County 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 18 years old, 5' 2" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Headrick is listed as present for duty until September 22, 1864 when he was captured at Lick Creek, Tennessee and listed as missing in action. He was first sent to Lynchburg, Virginia and then sent to Richmond, Virginia on October 16, 1864. Headrick was paroled February 5, 1865 at Cox's Wharf near Fort Brady on the James River. He is reported at Camp Parole, Maryland two days later and sent to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio on February 16, 1865. Arriving there on February 20, 1865, he was subsequently admitted to Tripler U.S. Army General Hospital at Camp Chase on March 6, 1865 suffering from scurvy diarrhea. He recovered and received a furlough from Camp Chase for March 25 to April 24, 1865. Headrick was returned to the regiment on June 15, 1865.

Headrick mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He was owed $23.79 from the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Headrick applied for an invalid's pension on April 14, 1883. He died February 6, 1929 in Valley Forge, Tennessee and is buried at Smith Cemetery in Valley Forge. His wife applied for a widow's pension on September 11, 1929.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, 14th Civil District, Carter County, Tennessee.

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