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Confederate (CSV)


Thomas Barton French

(1832 - 1899)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: French's Stafford (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

The 30 year old Sheriff of Spotsylvania County, he enrolled and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of the Stafford Light Artillery on 5 August 1861. He was promoted to Captain on 15 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major with battlion command on 18 November 18623 and to Lieutenant Colonel on 15 August 1864, and was Chief of Artillery to General Walker in Mississippi.

After the War

He was living in Rigolette, Rapides Parish, LA to at least 1880.

References & notes

His service from Homer D. Musselman's The Caroline Light, Parker and Stafford Light Virginia Artillery (1992). Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870 & 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Francina Hickman (1839-1904) in Alexandria, LA in June 1865 and they had 6 children. His brother Seth Barton French (1835-1910) was a staff officer in the Commissary Department during the war.


1832; Sunnyside, Spotsylvania County, VA


07/08/1899; Newport News, VA; burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Newport News, VA