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Confederate (CSA)

Lieutenant Colonel

John Thruston Thornton

(1824 - 1862)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Hampden-Sydney College, Class of 1842

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 3rd Virginia Cavalry

Before Sharpsburg

A 32 year old lawyer in Farmville, he was commissioned Captain, Company K, 3rd Virginia Cavalry on 24 June 1861 at Prince Edward Court House, VA. He was detailed to Ft. Smith, Arkansas in August 1861, but was back with his unit by January 1862. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in April 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland and was killed at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

References & notes

Service from the 3rd Virginia Cavalry 1 via the Historical Data Systems database. Details from family genealogists.


11/17/1824; Cumberland County, VA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Nanzig, Thomas P., 3rd Virginia Cavalry, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1989  [AotW citation 19579]