(1842 - 1911)
Home State: Mississippi
Education: U of Mississippi
Branch of Service: Infantry
His family moved to Marshall County, MS about 1845 and to Oxford in 1850, and he was a student at the University of Mississippi (Class of 1863) when the war began. He enlisted in Company G, 11th Mississippi Infantry at Oxford on 26 April 1861. He was slightly wounded at Seven Pines, VA on 30 May 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was captured at Petersburg, VA on 2 April 1865 and held at Fort Delaware. He was released on 7 June 1865.
After the War
He returned briefly to Oxford, then went to Memphis, TN and worked for W.N. Wilkerson & Company, a drug wholesaler. He was a traveling salesman and later president of the Company. He was also an officer in a local bank and insurance company. He and his partner sold W.N. Wilkerson in 1902 after 38 years in operation.
References & notes
His basic service from his Compiled Confederate Service Records. Details from family genealogists, James Davis Porter's Tennessee volume of the Confederate Military History,1 the Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University of Mississippi (1894), and James Harvey Mathes' The Old Guard in Gray (1897) - the source of his picture from an 1861 photograph. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He was a distant relative of R.H. Chilton, General Lee's Chief of Staff. His father Dr. Rezin Rawlings Chilton (1815-1887), also a druggist, was an Assistant Surgeon, CSA. Thomas married Blanche M. Blair (1852-1899) in 1871 and they had 2 children.
More on the Web
His papers are at the University of Kentucky [finding aid].
02/03/1842; Benton County, AL
12/11/1911 Memphis, TN; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN