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  • Description is exactly "Anthony Brannon (1843-1929), a son of Wilkins and Adline Brannon, one of approx. 70 men who served in USCT regiments from Lauderdale County, enlisted in Co H, 111th Infantry, United States Colored Troops when he was 20 years old.

    Five feet eight inches tall, Brannon enlisted on January 10, 1864 in Athens, Alabama but was mustered into service at Pulaski, Tennessee in February. He was enlisted by a Capt. Covington for 3 years. From Nov., 1864 to Jan. of 1865 Brannon was sick at the No. 6 USA General Hospital in Nashville. On January 10, 1864, his service records note that he “stopped for one bayonet & scabbard, one waist belt, one cartridge belt, one waist belt plate, one cap pouch and one gun sling.” His card for Nov-Dec., 1865 noted that he was due “back pay” in the amount of $22. His card for Jan.-Feb., 1866 notes that Anthony was “On daily duty as company cook.” The last card in his jacket notes that he was last paid to Feb., 1866 and that his muster-out date was April 30, 1866. He was apparently due $26.00 when he mustered out.

    On Aug. 3, 1866 Brannon filed a claim with the Freedmen’s Bureau office requesting a copy of his discharge papers in order “to obtain the [bounty?] due him from the US Government.” He finally received this money on June 7, 1869, receiving a check in the amount of $283.50. On October 27, 1881 Anthony filed for an invalid’s pension however he apparently wasn’t wounded or disabled thus didn’t qualify under the existing regulations hence didn’t actually begin receiving a pension until 1907, by which time the federal government had recognized old age itself as a disability. By mid-1920, under an act passed by the US Congress on May 1, 1920, Brannon was receiving $72 a month.

    Anthony Brannon was married three times and had children with each marriage. He died on December 12, 1929 and is buried with a Union military marker in the Huff Cemetery near Bailey Springs in Lauderdale County."
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