William Franklin Phillips, Sr (May 15, 1842 - July 21, 1933) served as a private in Company D, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
William Phillips was born May 15, 1842 in Johnson County, Tennessee. He married Suzanne Allison (1848-1937) with whom he had at least thirteen children.
Phillips 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 December 5, 1863 by order of Colonel Miller and promoted sergeant August 4, 1864 by order of Lieutenant Colonel Ingerton.
He is described as 21 years old, 5' 7" tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a laborer.
Phillips is listed as present for duty until he deserted December 20, 1864 from camp near Marion, Virginia. He returned to the regiment on January 8, 1865 per President Lincoln's proclamation and reduced in rank to private on June 8, 1865. He was present for the remainder of his term of service.
Phillips mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $53.44 to the government for clothing, and had been paid a bounty of $25.
He applied for an invalid's pension on January 11, 1900.
Phillips died July 21, 1933 in Joplin, Missouri and is buried at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin. His wife applied for a widow's pension on August 28, 1933.