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Joshua Isaac Cornett (May 28, 1839 - March 11, 1913) served as a corporal in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Joshua Cornett, ca. 1900.

Personal life

Isaac Cornett was born May 28, 1839 in Ashe County, North Carolina to Jeremiah and Mary (Lewis) Cornett.[1] He married Sarah Louise Fletcher (1837-1920) with whom he had eight children.[2]

Civil War service

Cornett first enlisted as a private in Company I, 58th North Carolina Infantry on July 15, 1862 for the duration of the war in Boone, North Carolina. He is listed as present for duty until he deserted on August 29, 1863 at Lenoir's Station, Tennessee.

Changing his allegiance, Cornett enlisted as a private in Company I, 13th Tennessee Cavalry on January 15, 1864 in Taylorsville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 15, 1864 at New Market, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on July 1, 1865.

He is described as 24 years old, 5' 8" tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.

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

Cornett mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had never been paid, owed $18.44 to the government for clothing in kind or money advanced, and was owed a $300 bounty.

Post-war life

Cornett applied for an invalid's pension on April 23, 1891. He died March 11, 1913 in Ashe County and is buried at Clark Cemetery in Crossnore, North Carolina. His wife applied for a widow's pension on April 10, 1913.


  1. The name he used during the war was "Isaac Cornutt". The 1850 U.S. Census is the only time that his name "Joshua Cornutt" appears. The family changed the spelling of their surname before 1900.
  2. 1900 U.S. Census, Linville Township, Mitchell County, North Carolina.

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