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Smith Stout

Smith Moore Stout (June 19, 1846 - April 25, 1939) served as a corporal in Company D, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

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Smith Stout, ca. 1920.

Personal life

Smith Stout was born June 19, 1846 in Johnson County, Tennessee to William B. and Sarah Edna (Moore) Stout. He married Martha Elizabeth Kelso (1846-1931) with whom he had ten children.[1]

Civil War service

Stout enlisted as a private in Company D on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on April 20, 1864.

He is described as 18 years old, 5' 6 1/2" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Stout is listed as present for duty until August 21, 1864 when he was sick and sent from Bull's Gap to Knoxville; when he returned to the regiment was not recorded. Stout deserted from camp near Marion, Virginia on December 20, 1864. He returned to the regiment on February 1, 1865 and was restored to duty per President Lincoln's proclamation, with a loss of all pay during his absence.

Stout mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $51.98 to the government for clothing, and had been paid a $25 bounty.

Post-war life

Stout moved to Missouri before 1870 where he worked as a well digger and a farmer. By 1910, he had moved to Wyoming where he was employed as a fireman at a coal company.

He applied for an invalid's pension on May 13, 1892 and June 26, 1908. Stout died April 25, 1939 in Basin, Wyoming and is buried there at Mount View Cemetery. At the time of his death, only three other members of the regiment are known to have been alive and he was believed to be the last living Civil War veteran in Big Horn County, Wyoming.[2]

Notes

  1. 1910 U.S. Census, Basin, Wyoming.
  2. "Civil War Vet at Basin Dies", Casper Star-Tribune, May 1, 1939, p. 6.
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