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Joseph B. Wilson (May 8, 1846 - July 7, 1921) served as a corporal in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. [Not to be confused with another corporal in the same company, Joseph T. Wilson.]

Personal life

Joseph Wilson was born May 8, 1846 in Taylorsville, Tennessee to Sackett and Margaret (Britton) Wilson. He married first Rachel Ellen Caldwell (1846-1916) with whom he had eleven children.[1] He married second Margaret "Maggie" [last name unknown) (born abt 1889); they had no children.[2]

Civil War service

Wilson enlisted as a private in Company I on September 22, 1863 in Taylorsville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in November 8, 1863 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on June 1, 1865.

He is described as 18 years old, 5' 5" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Wilson is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived.

Wilson mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $22.05 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

Wilson applied for an invalid's pension on May 3, 1873. He died July 7, 1921 in Greene County, Tennessee and is buried at Rheatown Cemetery in Rheatown, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on July 18, 1922.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, 4th Civil District, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
  2. 1920 U.S. Census, District 14, Rheatown, Greene County, Tennessee.

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