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(A boy soldier.)
Henry Lineback, of Company C, was among the youngest if not the very youngest soldier in the Thirteenth Tennessee Cavalry. He was in his fifteenth year when he enlisted and small to his age. When taken to the mustering officer he stood on a small box that made him look as tall as the other boys the mustering officer not perceiving the deception, mustered him in. This was June 3, 1864, and from that day until the Regiment was mustered out of service Henry never flinched from any duty. He drilled, stood guard and did all other duties, carrying his carbine and sabre and was always aamong the first on the firing line and the last to leave it.
He was in every skirmish and battle in whicli the Regiment was engaged, and went through the Stoneman raid into Virginia in the winter of 1864.
He was also on the long raid through Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia in the spring of 1865, when the command was in pursuit of President Davis. In the fight at Witheville, Va., it fell to his lot to hold horses while the rest of the company fought, being a fourth man, but he exchanged places with a comrade and fought on the firing line.
Henry Lineback belongs to a fighting family, having had two brothers and three uncles in the Federal army.
He was born in Johnson county, Tennessee. After the war he engaged in the mercantile business at Crab Orchard, Tenn., after spending two years in the West. He lived in Mitchell county, N. C, twelve years and represented that county in the legislature of the State. He came back to Crab Orchard, Tenn., and from there to Lineback, Carter county, Tenn., his present home. He married Miss Lottie Wilson, of Carter county. They have ten children living and one dead. "Henry," as he is known to everybody, has been "on the move" since boyhood and is a successful business man and has an elegant home and large farm situated on Elk Creek near the beautiful Watauga river, where he entertains his friends and comrades in royal style with the best the land affords.