Richard "Dick" Broyles (b. bet. 1839-1844) served as an under cook in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. He is one of twenty-three black men known to have served with the regiment, all of whom served as company cooks.
Broyles was born in Anderson District, South Carolina.
Civil War service
Richard Broyles enlisted in Company E on March 1, 1864 in Nashville, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on April 16, 1864.
At enlistment he was 20 years old, 5' 10 1/2" tall, black complexion, black eyes, black hair, and a farmer. He was living near Jonesborough, Tennessee at the time of his enlistment.
According to the muster rolls he was present every month throughout his service. He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that he was last paid to August 31, 1864 and owed $71.89 to the government for his clothing. His age at discharge is given as 25.
No pension record for Broyles has been found. His grave has also not been located.
- From 1826 to 1868 South Carolina counties were known as "districts". The 1868 South Carolina Constitution changed all districts to counties.
- The amount he owed for clothing must be a clerical error. It is difficult to imagine that any soldier--especially a company cook--could have drawn this much clothing in a little more than a year's time.