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Confederate (CSA)


Thomas Overton

(1835 - 1913)

Home State: Louisiana

Education: U of Virginia

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: D. H. Hill's Division

Before Sharpsburg

He was a lawyer in Opelousas, LA before the War. He was commissioned Captain of Louisiana state troops, date not given. He was appointed Lieutenant of Infantry, CSA on 27 April 1861. He was then on engineer and quartermaster duty at Pensacola, FL. He was assigned as aide to Genereal Holmes (a relative) on 9 April 1862, and promoted Captain and Ordnance Officer, date not given. He transferred to General French in July 1862, and to General D. H. Hill in September.

On the Campaign

From General Hill's Report:

Captain Overton, serving temporarily with me, was wounded at Sharpsburg, but remained under fire until I urged him to leave the field.

The rest of the War

He returned to General French's staff on 3 October 1862. His rank of Captain may have been temporary, as he was a Lieutenant and Ordnance Officer at Alexandria, LA by January 1863, and Lieutenant and Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General to General Maxey in April 1865.

After the War

He was an attorney at Marksville, LA.

References & notes

Service from Krick.1




08/14/1913; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Pineville, LA


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 234  [AotW citation 17569]