On June 18,1914, Ford Applied for soldier's pension no.14430 based on his service during the Civil War.
He was at the time living at Aetna,Tenn. R.F.D.#1 in Hickman Co. He stated that he joined in 1861
with Col. Voorhis under Captains Sol George and E. Cantrell. He was present at the battles of Ft. Henry,
Ft. Donelson, Jackson,Miss., and was with Johnston around Atlanta and was at Nashville. He was not
wounded. He was present and surrendered with Gen. Johnston 1865 in N.C. near Charlotte. He was
captured at Ft. Donelson and was a P.O.W. at Camp Douglas outside of Chicago. He stated that he was
living with his wife of 70 and an adopted daughter of 18. He was a farmer making about $100 a year. He
owned 190 acres worth about $1800. K.Sutton,M.D. certified that "he suffered from chronic nephritis and
chronic rheumatism of long standing which renders him unable to do manual labor".
John P. Broom and Pleasant H. Walker both certified,"That he was with the applicant all through the service and knows that he made a good soldier.
Ford wrote a letter dated Sep.7,1916 to a Mr. Moses:"I write to you a few lines in regard to my
pension. I wrote to you some time back about getting one. I need one. I am down on the bed, can't do
anything and also my wife not able to do anything. We have to hire every thing done. I have been down
a year and a little help would be a big help. I have a good deal of doctors bills to pay and I went into the
army and stayed all through the war and I think I ought to have a pension. I am down and can't get up
only when I am helped up. I will leave it with you hoping you will consider the matter and fix up my
pension for me as I need it. Let me hear from you soon". Yours respt., Ford George
In another letter dated Sep 1,1914, he writes:" Gentlemen Sirs. Your letter at hand. I belonged to
the 9th. Bn. Tennessee Cavalry, Lt. Hornbeak's company, Maj. Akin commanding battalion. How did I get out of the 48th. Tenn. Regiment? Gen.Joseph E. Johnston's command consolidated put 3 or 4
regiments together which left out several supernumerary officers. I was one that number. I got my
discharge with the understanding that we join some command. So I went to the 9th. Bn. Tenn. cavalry
and stayed with it up to the surrender in April 1865 near Charlotte, North Carolina. Now in regards to my
land the actual value I can not say. I never have offered it for sale nor have I had any bids. I have about
45 acres of cleared land. I rent for half my gross income about $100 per year as to self I am not able to
work. As to my army record, I went in December 1861 and stayed up to the surrender 1865, never was
absent from roll call during the war without leave." Yours truly, Ford George (His application was
His war record shows that he enlisted Dec.7,1861 from Hickman Co.,Tn. as a private in Co.D 48th
Tenn. Inf.(Voorheis'). He was captured at Ft. Donelson Feb. 16,1862 and kept as a prisoner of war at
Camp Douglas,Illinois until exchanged at Vicksburg,Miss. He was a 2nd.Lt. from Sep29,1862 until
Feb20,1865. He joined the 9th. Bn. Tn. cavalry as a Pvt. until paroled at Charlotte,N.C. May3,1865 after
Johnston's surrender. In his papers he indicated that he never took the oath of allegiance.
It is interesting to note that his brother Armour was also with the 9th. Bn. as well as Phillip Cloyd the brother of his future wife Unity "Nettie".
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