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Nelson J. Markland (August 20, 1827 - August 24, 1905) served as a private in Company F, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Nelson Markland was born August 20, 1827 in Carter County, Tennessee to Parrett and Joanna (Bassindine) Markland. He first married Nancy Pierce (1824-1853); they had no children. He married second Martha Loukenzie Wilson (1834-1908) with whom he had twelve children.[1]

Civil War service

Markland enlisted as a private in Company F on September 21, 1863 in Elizabethton, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

He is described as 37 years old, 5' 6" tall, dark complexion, black eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Markland is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which service records have survived. He was discharged July 22, 1865 at Chattanooga, Tennessee on a surgeon's certificate of disability. According to the discharge, Markland had been ill for at least 60 days due to a dislocated shoulder when his horse fell on him during a charge on rebel pickets on October 8, 1864 at Russellville, Tennessee; contributing to his disability was chronic bronchitis.[2] Although unfit to perform his duties, Markland continued to be listed on the muster rolls as present for duty.

Post-war life

Markland applied for an invalid's pension on February 7, 1866. He died August 24, 1905 in Carter County, Tennessee and is buried at Hall Cemetery in Braemar, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on September 12, 1905.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, 11th Civil District, Carter County, Tennessee.
  2. The regimental history records no action on October 8, 1864. He was most likely injured in action at Russellville on October 28.

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