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Biography of W. T. Stovall

Is a native of Green county, Kentucky, and was born October 2, 1843. His father was a native of Virginia and his mother of Kentucky; they both died when W. T. was but a small child and he has no remembrance of either of them. He was reared by his grandfather, John Scott, near Greensborough, Kentucky, and was educated in the common schools of that State. When but fourteen years old he was employed as clerk in the drug house of J. G. Brown, of Nashville, Tennessee, where he remained until the beginning of the late war. In 1861 he enlisted in Company K, Fourth Regiment Tennessee Cavalry, and shortly after was detailed for special duty, and by re-quest of the general medical purveyor of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, entered his office as clerk at Nashville where he remained until the surrender of that place in 1862. He then joined his company and was taken prisoner by the Union forces at Resaca, Georgia, May 25, 1864, and was sent to the Alton, Illinois, prison; was there eight months, then ex-changed near Richmond, Virginia, in January, 1865, and joined his company and remained with it until the surrender of Johnston’s army near Greensborough, North Carolina, in 1865. When paroled at the close of the war he had not even a change of clothing, and at once entered the harvest field as a laborer and began life anew. He came to this county in 1868 and began at once in the mercantile and produce business. After three years he dropped the mercantile part of his business, but is to-day the...

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