Thomas P. Davis(1840 - 1862)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted in Company I of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 September 1861 as Corporal.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action at the "Burnside" (Lower) Bridge at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The remainder of the War:
His family returned his body to Pennsylvania.
After the War:
He is buried under a gravestone which reads ìOur Sons . . . Corporal Thomas P. Davis, killed at the battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862, aged 21 . . . also Sgt. Stephen S. Davis, killed at Petersburgh, Va., June 17, 1864, aged 22 years.î
References, Sources, and other notes:
Service data from Bates1, with personal details from an ancestry.com memorial page. Thanks to G-G-Niece Sara Matthews for bringing him to our attention. The gravestone text above from a September 1951 newspaper story in the Suburban & Wayne Times about the demolition of Radnor Baptist - transcribed online by the Radnor Historical Society.
At least two of his letters from the period 10 - 30 June 1862 are in the CWTI Collection at the US Army Military History Institute (USAMHI), Carlisle Barracks, PA.
|Birth Date: 11/27/1840 Birth State: PA |
Death Date: 09/17/1862 Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD Burial Place: Radnor Baptist churchyard, Wayne, PA
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871 [AotW citation 5964]
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