Sergeant William Caleb McBride
I Company

Born 2 March 1835 in Van Buren Co, TN, the son of Daniel and Rebecca (Davis) McBride.

He enlisted 20 May 1861.

At the reorganization, 24 May 1862, he was elected Sergeant.

At some time during the war he lost two fingers off his right hand which was totally disabled.

His pension states he was discharged for a disability at Chattanooga, MS, 5 August 1862 on account of having procured a substitute and a letter by Thomas A. Heads letter also states this ‘he put a brother in his place’. The pension board states he was discharged due to a disability.. (This has been suggested to have been his brother Terry H. McBride but no reference can be found that he had a brother of this name. Could his brother Matthew be the substitute as he joined the Regiment as William left?)

He took the Oath 27 February 1865.

He was a farmer.

His pension application on the 13 May 1903, number #4996, was accepted, was living in Jessie Warren Co at the time of his application.

Married Louisa Eliza “Lucy” Payne on the 21 February 1859, born 10 May 1839, Warren Co., TN and died 15 Apr 1890, Van Buren Co., TN,  and had 9 children: Charles, Daniel, Joseph Thomas, Martha Malvina, Luella E., Martha or Mary Frances, Rebecca Elizabeth, Eliza Jane and Emanuel Kelly. She was the daughter of Charles and Martha (Medley) Paine. 

His second marriage was to Ann Head on the 28 June 1890, Van Buren, TN, born 1836, TN, died 14 July 1917 Van Buren, TN. She was the daughter of Anthony and Fannie (Paine) Head and had been married before.

He died 21 December 1915 and is buried in the Crain Hill Cemetery, White Hill, Van Buren County, next to his wives Louisa and Ann.

Matthew Nathan McBride and George W. McBride were his brothers and were in the Regiment.


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