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E. L. Thomas

E. L. Thomas

Confederate (CSA)

Colonel

Edward Lloyd Thomas

(1825 - 1898)

Home State: Georgia

Education: Emory College, Class of 1846

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Thomas' Brigade

 

see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as a Private soldier in the Independent Company of Georgia Mounted Men in May 1847 for Mexican War service. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and was in action at Vera Cruz and Mexico City, mustering out in August 1848. He was then a planter in Whitfield County, GA. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Battalion Georgia Infantry on 14 October 1861 and he was commissioned Colonel, 35th Georgia Infantry the next day. He succeeded to the command of the Brigade at Seven Pines, VA on 1 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded his Brigade on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Brigadier General, Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS) on 1 November 1862, and commanded his Brigade for the duration of the War, surrendering at Appomattox.

After the War

He ran his plantation in Newton County, GA and was appointed to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, going West on that duty by 1893. He was then with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as an Indian agent in the Indian Territory.

References & notes

His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph from one of unknown provenance on generalsandbrevets.com. Details from a bio sketch in Candler & Evans' Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties (Vol. III, 1906), Robarts' Mexican War Veterans: a Complete Roster (1887), and family genealogists.

Birth

3/23/1825; near Athens, GA

Death

03/08/1898 South McAlester, OK; burial in Kiowa City Cemetery, Kiowa, OK