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Confederate (CSA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Henry Philip Thomas

(1810 - 1863)

Home State: Georgia

Education: Franklin College (U of Georgia), Class of 1832

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A planter, lawyer, and State Senator before the War, he had military experience in the "Creek Indian War" (1836, Alabama). He organized a Company of troops in Gwinnett County - the Hutchins Guard - and was appointed Major of the 16th Georgia Infantry on 19 July 1861 as it was forming. He was elected Lieutenant Colonel 15 February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was senior officer present and in command of the Regiment at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Colonel of the Regiment on 31 August 1863. He was leading Wofford's Brigade when he was killed in action at Ft. Sanders near Knoxville, TN on 29 November 1863.

More on the Web

Basic information from Fincham, Jr.1. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. Further details from the Gwinnett Historical Society.

Birth

05/10/1810; Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, GA

Death

11/29/1863 Knoxville, TN; burial in Bethel Confederate Cemetery, Knoxville, TN

Notes

1   Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Georgia C.S.A., Published c. 2005, <http://www.ranger95.com/civil_war/georgia/index.html>, Source page: /georgia/infantry/16th_inf_regt.html  [AotW citation 12942]