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Riley Britt

Riley Britt (about 1845 - May 15, 1864) served as a private in Company H, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Riley Britt was born about 1845 in Carter County, Tennessee to David and Annah (Harmon) Britt.[1]

Civil War service

Britt enlisted as a private in Company L on October 1, 1864 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in April 11, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was transferred to Company H on April 12, 1864 by order of Colonel Miller.

He is described as 18 years old, 5' 4" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Muster roll records show Britt present for duty until May 3, 1864, when he was left sick in U.S. General Hospital No. 19 at Nashville. He died there on May 15, 1865 due to measles. His personal effects consisted of one hat, one great coat, one pair boots, and one rubber blanket. His death record indicates that he had received $18.18 in clothing since enlistment and was last paid to December 31, 1863.

When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville it was noted that he had never been paid and was owed a $100 bounty.

Britt is buried at Nashville National Cemetery in Madison, Tennessee.

Notes

  1. 1850 U.S. Census, 4th Civil District, Carter County, Tennessee.
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