Alford Locke: Slave, farmer and Confederate soldier
The grave of Alford Locke in Rhea County’s Montgomery Cemetery.
Published: 3:16 PM, 02/07/2014
Last updated: 3:17 PM, 02/07/2014
Author: Pat Guffey Source: The Herald-News
Alford (also spelled Alfred) Locke has the distinction of being the only black Rhea County Civil War pensioner. He was a man of distinction, being called honorable, industrious and hard-working by his lawyer, J. B. Swafford. In his letter of recommendation to the State Pension Board in Nashville, Tenn., Swafford stated that he had known Locke for 30 years and felt that he was entitled to a pension. This letter was dated Feb. 20, 1922; a note on the application showed that it was received on Feb. 22, 1922, and Locke’s pension was approved April 11, 1922.
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