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Landon C. Lyon (October 22, 1839 - June 30, 1910) served as a corporal in Company H, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Landon Lyon was born October 22, 1839 in Carter County, Tennessee to Michael Mason and Mary Ann (Danley) Lyon. He married first Minnie Louisa Glover (1837-1871) with whom he had at least five children.[1] He married second Mary Catherine/Katheren Carr (1855-1925) with whom he had five children.[2]

Civil War service

Lyon first enlisted as a private with Burroughs' Company, Tennessee Light Artillery (aka Rhett Artillery) on May 1, 1862 at Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. From April 30, 1863 to June 30, 1863 he served extra duty as a wagon maker for the battery and was paid 40 cents per day; July 1, 1863 to August 31, 1863 Lyon served extra duty as artificer for the battery also at 40 cents per day. He deserted on October 18, 1863 near Abingdon, Virginia.

Changing his allegiance, Lyon enlisted as a private in Company H, 13th Tennessee Cavalry on August 18, 1864 in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 26, 1864 at New Market, Tennessee. He was promoted to corporal on May 1, 1865.

He is described as 24 years old, 5' 10" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

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

Lyon mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had never been paid, owed $1.94 to the government for clothing, and was owed a $100 bounty.

Post-war life

Lyon applied for an invalid's pension on December 10, 1890. He died June 30, 1910 in Johnson County, Tennessee and is buried at Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Bluff City, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on April 6, 1911.


  1. 1870 U.S. Census, 16th Civil District, Sullivan County, Tennessee.
  2. 1900 U.S. Census, 16th Civil District, Sullivan County, Tennessee.

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