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Levi Alexander Franklin (February 3, 1844 - January 31, 1884) served as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Levi Franklin was born April 28, 1843 in Mitchell County, North Carolina to Isaac and Hannah Sarah (Taylor) Franklin. He married Charlotte Elizabeth Berry (1845-1896) with whom he had at least eight children.[1]

Civil War service

Franklin enlisted as a private in Company A, 58th North Carolina Infantry on July 16, 1862 in Mitchell County. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Chickamauga and was recorded as deserting on September 24, 1863 from camp near Chattanooga.[2] Changing his allegiance, Franklin enlisted as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Cavalry 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 20 years old, 5' 9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Franklin is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived. In May 1864 he was detailed to serve as company cook. From November 1864 through January 1864, Franklin was detailed as a teamster.[3] Finally, on July 24, 1865 he was on detached service as a teamster in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

Franklin mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $37.98 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Franklin applied for an invalid's pension on August 1, 1876. He died January 31, 1884 in Burke County, North Carolina; his grave has not been located. His wife applied for a widow's pension on January 21, 1886.


  1. 1880 U.S. Census, Lovelady Township, Burke County, North Carolina.
  2. The nature of his wound and how he got from Chattanooga to Carter County, Tennessee the same day is a mystery.
  3. An odd notation indicates that he may have also been detailed as a teamster on June 14, 1864.