John Alexander McClure(1801-1881)
in the Civil War
    John A. McClure served in the Tennessee Mounted Infantry during the Civil War. His name is found on http://itd. website as belonging to the 5th Tennessee Mounted Infantry on the Union side of the Civil War. One of
    the coolest things I learned from his Civil War records was that he was 5’10” had blue eyes, dark hair and dark
    complexion when he enlisted. shows John Alexander as being 18 when he joined
    the Union 5th Mounted Infantry Regiment Tennessee Company C on August 5, 1864 and that he mustered on
    September 23, 1864. His unit mustered in at Cleveland, September 23, 1864 through February 1, 1865;and
    mustered out at Nashville, July 17, 1865.
    I have found the following records for John Alexander McClure that document his service in the Civil War:
    Click on the thumbnails for full size pictures.
Declaration of Recruit
Enlistment Muster In
Enlistment Pay Voucher List
Muster In & Descriptive Roll
Pay Vouchers
Pay Voucher Muster Out
Volunteer Enlistment
    John Alexander’s brother, George W. McClure, also joined the 5th Mounted Infantry Regiment but served in
    both Company I and Company C.  I found many documents at Fold3 that tell us he was 41 and a farmer when
    he enlisted.
According to .The unit was organized at Cleveland, Nashville,
Calhoun and Chattanooga, Tenn., September 23, 1864. It was attached to District of the Etowah, Dept. of the
Cumberland, and garrison duty in that District and at Dalton and Marietta, Ga., till July, 1865. Skirmish at
McLemore's Cove, Ga., February 1, 1865. Expedition from Dalton to Coosawattie River and Spring Place, Ga., April
1-4. They mustered out July 17, 1865.

    According to Uncle Alvin Reece -  John Alexander McClure was in the Battle of Perryville under Major General
    Bg Cheatham’s Division. When General Braxton Bragg became commander of the Army, Cheatham served
    under him in several battles, among them the Battle of Perryville in Perryville, KY. http://en.wikipedia.
    org/wiki/Battle_of_Perryville. Also mentioned was his participation in Brig Gen Bushrod Johnson’s Brigade - a
    part of the 5th Confederate infantry regiment in Boyle Co KY

    Note:  This story is about America Daniel McClure’s father-in law.  Her father, (John S. Daniel) fought in the
    same battle, but with the Confederacy.  He was with the Tennessee 2nd Infantry Regiment Volunteers.

    Note:  There is a story that Elisha Townsend (John Alexander’s father-in-law), George McClure (John
    Alexander’s son) and John Alexander McClure all joined Co C 5th Mounted Infantry TN, USA, on the same
    day. However, I have found several remarks that indicate that Elisha deserted on January 18, 1865 and went
    to join the Northern Forces. There’s a story there somewhere!
    Several months later I discovered John McClure, Sr.’s (brother of our Thomas McClure) son, John McClure, Jr.,
    Civil War pension application.  There are 7 pages.  As I read the descriptions of the various illnesses I often
    thought there should be a set of pension applications for John Alexander McClure as it is documented that he
    served in the Civil War.  On a hunch, I searched in their Civil War Pension Index, General Index to
    Pension files 1861-1934 and after a lot of scanning various spellings of John McClure, found one John E.
    McClure.  Thanks to a Random Act of Genealogical Kindness I am able to share them with you. Link Below.
    If you are interested in getting copies of your ancestor's Civil War Pension files, you can submit Form 85.
    Mail it to: Archival Operations Washington D.C., Form 85 – Pension, National Archives and Records
    Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001; or you can go to eservices. and request them online.

    You would need some basic information, such as their company, enlistment dates, etc.  When I located the
    above information, I had all I needed except the money.  Minimum charge is around $80.
I have shared some of the 279
pages of the pension files
here. If
you want all the images, please
email me.