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Richard Johnson (b. abt 1843) served as an under cook in Company D, 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.

Personal life

Richard Johnson was born about 1843 in Mississippi; the county where he was born is stated as both "Mungen" or "Granger".[1] Neither of these are counties in Mississippi and are likely transcription errors made by the enlisting officer when he joined.

Civil War service

Johnson enlisted in Company D on February 14, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on December 6, 1864 in Knoxville.

At enlistment he was 21 years old, 5' 11" tall, black complexion, black eyes, and black hair. He had been living at Knoxville and his occupation is given as farmer.

According to the muster rolls Irwin was present every month throughout his service. He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that he owed $143.38 to the government for his clothing and was owed $100 bounty from the government.

Later life

No further information about Johnson nor the location of his grave has been found.


  1. One record exists that states he was born in Johnson County, Tennessee.