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Quillin W. Gillis (April 2, 1843 - April 14, 1919) served as a corporal in Company K, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Quillin Gillis, ca. 1910.

Personal life

Quillin Gillis was born April 2, 1843 in Madison County, North Carolina to John and Ruth (Tilson) Gillis.[1] He married Elizabeth Jane Edwards (1848-1931) with whom he had fourteen children.[2]

Civil War service

Gillis enlisted as a corporal in Company K on September 1, 1864 in Bull's Gap, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 26, 1864 at New Market, Tennessee.[3] His name appears in the regimental records as "Quillian W. Gillias".

He is described as 21 years old, 5' 10" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and by occupation a farmer.

A note found on the company muster roll record dated July 8, 1865 states, "Name not borne on prior Co. rolls."

Gillis mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had never been paid, owed $27.91 to the government for clothing, and was owed a $100 bounty.

Post-war life

Gillis applied for an invalid's pension on May 17, 1880. He died April 14, 1919 in Morgan County, Tennessee and is buried at Crab Orchard Cemetery in Oakdale, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on May 1, 1919.


  1. His middle name is a source of contention among descendants: Washington or William are claimed.
  2. 1900 U.S. Census, 3rd Civil District, Morgan County, Tennessee.
  3. One note in his records indicates that he enlisted as quartermaster sergeant, but this cannot be verified as all of his records prior to July 1865 have been lost.

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