William L. Payne (July 20, 1837 - October 8, 1921) served as a corporal in Company K, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
William Payne was born July 20, 1837 in Yancey County, North Carolina to Joseph and Patsy Garner (Todd) Payne. He married Sirena "Sarah" Nelson (1838 - 1919) with whom he had twelve children.
Civil War service
Payne first enlisted as a private in Company I, 64th North Carolina Infantry on September 27, 1862 in Madison County, North Carolina for a period of three years.  When he was appointed corporal is not recorded but he was reduced to the ranks between April and May 1863.
Payne was captured with nearly all of the 64th North Carolina Infantry on September 9, 1863 at Cumberland Gap and sent to the Louisville Military Prison. The men there were due to be sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois, but Payne changed his allegiance and enlisted as a private in Company K, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry on September 23, 1863 at Louisville for a period of three years and mustered in January 26, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was promoted to corporal on September 15, 1864.
He is described as 24 years old, 5' 10" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.
Payne is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived. He was granted a leave of absence on June 9, 1864 to travel from Gallatin, Tennessee to Nashville on unrecorded business.
Payne mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $36.16 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.
Payne applied for an invalid's pension on September 24, 1884.
He died October 8, 1921 in Oklahoma and is buried at Sons Chapel Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- Another record states that he enlisted in Greene County, Tennessee.
- Another record states that he enlisted at Camp Nelson, Kentucky. It is possible that he enlisted there before being sent to Louisville.
- Family history states that he was visiting the home of one of his daughters in Oklahoma when he died.