He enlisted as a Private in the Union Army at Pine Knot, Tennessee, in Co. G., 5th Regiment, East Tennessee Inf. He was sent home due to illness several times during the war. He returned to service in January 1865, and his Regiment was sent to participate in the battle of Fort Fisher. The troops were transported in an open boat during a winter storm. He took ill and after the Regiments' return to Nashville; was hospitalized and died shortly after.