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John Quincy Messick (October 2, 1827 - February 14, 1916) served as a private in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

John Messick was born October 2, 1827 in Yadkin County, North Carolina to John Nelson and Sarah (Nicholson) Messick. He married Catharine Ford (1843-1915) with whom he had seven children.[1]

Civil War service

Messick enlisted as a private in Company G on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

He is described as 36 years old, 6' 1" tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, black hair, and by occupation a school teacher.

Messick is listed as present for duty until April 14, 1864 when he was left sick at a Nashville hospital. He was transferred to General Hospital Number 4 at New Albany, Indiana on April 28, 1864; when he was discharged from this hospital was not recorded. Messick was left sick at a Gallatin, Tennessee hospital on June 10, 1864. His records are incomplete, but one final note states, "Nov 1864 to Feby 1865 Absent sick since Apr. 15/64, Madison, Ind."

Messick mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to October 31, 1864, was owed $50.65 from the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Messic applied for an invalid's pension on June 24, 1870. He died February 14, 1916 in Yadkin County, North Carolina and is buried at Island Ford Baptist Church Cemetery in Jonesville, North Carolina.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, Knobs Township, Yadkin County, North Carolina.

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