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Jordan J. Heck Jr. (September 28, 1849 - September 1, 1921) served as a private in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Jordan Heck was born September 28, 1849 in Tennessee to Jordan J. and Elizabeth "Betty" (Snider/Neatherly) Heck. He married Susan Kidd (b. abt 1856) with whom he had at least four children.

Civil War service

Heck enlisted as a private in Company E on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in on October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. Heck's father, Jordan J. Heck Sr., served as regimental blacksmith sergeant.

At enlistment Heck gave his age as 18, but he was still 15 years old. He was detailed on October 28, 1863 as an assistant teamster for the company by order of Colonel Miller. How long this detail lasted is not stated in the records.

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

Heck mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864. He owed $24.28 to the government for his clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a bounty of $75.

Post-war life

Heck died September 1, 1921 in Johnson County, Tennessee.[1] His grave has not been located.


  1. On July 19, 1890, another widow of Jordan Heck made an application for a widow's pension. It is unclear who this widow, Mary Heck, is; perhaps she is yet another wife of his father's.