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Bedford County TN Biographies

Capt. Cutbert Burney Word
09 July 1824 - 06 December 1866

Captain Cuthbert Burney Word, an honored veteran of both the Mexican and Civil wars, devoted his life to military service and in his demise, which occurred on the 8th of December, 1866, when he had reached the age of forty-two years and five months, Tennessee lost one of its best known and most highly respected citizens a man who possessed a high sense of duty and honor and never faltered in the choice between right and wrong, always endeavoring to follow the course sanctioned by conscience and good judgment. His birth occurred in Bedford county, Tennessee, on the 9th of July, 1824, and in 1847, when a young man of twenty-three years, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Ann Phillips. They became the parents of five children, three sons and two daughters, and the surviving members of the family are: Richard Emmet Word, a resident of Shelbyville, Tennessee; Mary Alma, who married Abb Landis, a prominent attorney of Nashville, represented elsewhere in this work; and Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Chafin of Huntsville, Alabama. Captain Word's military record was a notable one.

On June 1, 1846, he enlisted for service in the Mexican war, becoming a private of Company K, First Tennessee Infantry, which was commanded by Captain Frierson and formed a part of Colonel Campbell's Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers. He participated in a number of hotly contested engagements, including the battles of Monterey and Cerro Gordo, decisive conflicts of historic renown, in both of which the Americans were victorious, and with his company was mustered out on the 23d of May, 1847, after honorable and severe service in Mexico. Following the outbreak of the Civil war he formed Company T, of the Tenth Tennessee Infantry, of which he was made captain, and led his command in many heavy engagements with the Confederates, the most notable being the battles of Nashville, Stony River (Murfreesboro) and Missionary Ridge (Chattanooga). His company remained in service until Lee surrendered to Grant, when the Tenth Tennessee was mustered out. He was greatly loved by his men and respected by his superior officers and was noted for his deeds of bravery in both the Mexican and Civil wars. Returning to Shelbyville, Captain Word was elected trustee of Bedford county, but soon his love of military life induced him to apply for service in the regular army and just before his death his commission as captain in the regular service was received, but too late for him to be advised of his appointment.

Source: Tennessee the Volunteer State Vol. 4

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