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Riley Anderson

Riley Anderson (January 7, 1840 - August 23, 1922) served as a private in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Riley Anderson was born January 7, 1840 in Ashe County, North Carolina to Richard and Dila (Tucker) Anderson. He married Rachel Matilda Landreth (1845-1929) with whom he had at least seven children.

Civil War service

Anderson enlisted as a private in Company D on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in November 8, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was transferred to Company E on November 9, 1863 by order of Colonel Miller.

He is described as 22 years old, 5' 7" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Anderson is listed as present for duty until January/February 1864 when he was left sick at General Hospital Number 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. He returned to the regiment March/April 1864. He is again listed as present for duty until July 22, 1864 when he was admitted to Holston General Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. From there he was transferred to Asylum General Hospital on October 29, 1864. He appears present for duty again in November/December 1864 and was present for duty for the remainder of his service.

Anderson mustered out with regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, was owed $18.31 from the government for clothing, had received a bounty of $25, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Anderson applied for an invalid's pension on February 17, 1890.

He died August 23, 1922 in Ashe County and is buried at Anderson Cemetery in Ashe County. His wife applied for a widow's pension on September 27, 1922.

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