13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry USA Wiki

Simon Carter (abt 1845 - aft 1889) 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.

Personal life

Carter was born in Hancock County, Tennessee.

Civil War service

Simon Carter enlisted in Company E on March 1, 1864 in Nashville, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on April 16, 1864.[1]

At enlistment he was 19 years old, 5' 7" tall, black complexion, black eyes, black hair, and a farmer. He was living near Tazewell, Tennessee at the time of his enlistment.

According to the muster rolls Carter 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 $80.32 to the government for his clothing.

Later life

Carter filed for an invalid's pension on December 15, 1889. At that time he was living in Indiana. His grave has not been located.


  1. Scott & Angel record that he mustered in on March 15, 1864.