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Re: WILSON, Henry ~ HAMPTON deposition

Deposition Case of Henry Wilson #2 (for Civil War Union Pension)No. 1.140.861

My age is about 64 years; occupation labor, and Post Office 710 Clinch St., City. (I ) was a member of Company H, 1st United States Colored Heavy Artillery. I enlisted (don’t know the year). I was in the regiment about one and one half years. I was born and raised near Knoxville, Tennessee. I know the Henry Wilson here present and recognize him as the old body servant of Judge Robert McKinney. I lived here in Knoxville, Tennessee before the war and was hired by my master (Lafayette Cox) to Colonel Dickinson of this city, and the family of Judge McKinney lived right across the street and for five years I knew Henry Wilson well. I don’t remember when Uncle Henry enlisted, but it was the fall when I went in. After I got into Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st United States Colored Heavy Artillery, I found Uncle Henry there as a member of Company K. I saw him in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Greeneville, and on the march, and I was discharged at the same time with him in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I never saw the soldier after muster out until the death of Judge McKinney, when said Henry Wilson came to town to attend the funeral. I am satisfied that the Henry Wilson here present was in Company K, 1st United States Colored Heavy Artillery and the only one of that name I knew in the army. I knew the soldier before enlistment by the name of Henry McKinney, but he served under the name of Henry Wilson. My name before enlistment was Rety Cox, but when they enlisted me, they asked me the name of my father and I told them. Since then, (I) have been going by the name of D.R. Hampton. The officer told me that Hampton would be my name for all time….17 July 1893Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
David R. Hampton / Rety Hampton
J. F. Fitzpatrick, Special Examiner

source: Deposition Case of Henry Wilson #2 (for Civil War Union Pension)No. 1.140.86117 July 1893Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
David R. Hampton / Rety HamptonJ. F. Fitzpatrick, Special Examiner


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