(c. 1845 - 1863)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
Giving his age as 19, but probably only 16 years old, he enlisted at Camp Clark in Guadalupe County as a Private in Company D, 4th Texas Infantry on 4 July 1861.
On the Campaign
He was in action with his Company at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He died of typhoid pneumonia at a hospital in Newnan near Atlanta, GA on 16 December 1863:
... he was a young Texan, by the name of Thomas Watson, a member of the Fourth Texas Regiment - one of General Hood's men - and came here with some members of his company, who were wounded, to nurse them. A few days ago he was taken with double pneumonia and sore throat. Dr Wellford attended him and did all that mortal can do, but in vain. It was God's will he should go.
He was a handsome lad, in his eighteenth year, and was a general favorite ...
References & notes
Service information from Davis1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, which has his death in February 1864. The quote above from his nurse Kate Cumming [page for 16 December 1863] in her A Journal of Hospital Life in the Confederate Army of Tennessee (1866), online from the US National Library of Medicine. His gravesite is on Findagrave; the City of Newnan Cemetery Committee got him a new government headstone in 1944.
12/16/1863; Newnan, GA; burial in Confederate Cemetery, Newnan, GA
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 154-155 [AotW citation 1751]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 26850]