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WILSON, Henry~CW pension dep. MAYNARD
Deposition B Case of Henry Wilson #2 (for Civil War Union Pension)
My age is 52 years; farmer, and Post Office Knoxville, Tennessee. I was a servant and slave of the late Horace Maynard of this city who was Congressman from this district, and afterwards, Postmaster General of the United States. I waited on Colonel Maynard while he was Colonel of the 6th Tennessee Infantry Volunteers. I know the person here present as Henry Wilson. He went by the name of Henry McKinney before the war. I knew him well when he was the body servant of Judge McKinney before the war. Colonel Maynard (my master) and Judge McKinney (his master) lived next door to each other in this city. I saw Henry frequently while he was a member of Company K, 1st U.S. Heavy Artillery (Colored) in this city and know that he, Henry McKinney, served under the name of Henry Wilson because I saw him with his artillery uniform on and visited him in camp on Temperance Hill here and saw him frequently during the service. I lost sight of him after the war until the death of his master. Yes, I saw him on his way to Greeneville, Tennessee, after his discharge at Chattanooga and he came to my house and I remember well his telling me he lost his discharge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I saw the claimant several times since then. Once a few years ago, he came from Texas here on a visit and stopped by my house. This is the only Henry Wilson I ever knew, in the army or out of it. I am positive that the man here present whom I knew as a fellow slave by the name of Henry McKinney is the same man who served in Company K, 1st U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery as Henry Wilson….
source: Deposition BCase of Henry Wilson #2 (for Civil War Union Pension)No. 1.140.86117 July 1893Knoxville, Knox County, TennesseeJ.