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Confederate (CSA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Thompson Bird Lamar

(1828 - 1864)

Home State: Florida

Education: Jefferson Medical College, Class of 1850

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Florida Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A wealthy physician, planter, and state legislator in Leon County, FL, before the War, he mustered as Captain, Company I, 1st Florida Infantry 5 April 1861 and was discharged 30 January 1862. He mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the 5th Florida Infantry in March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded and probably captured at Crampton's Gap on South Mountain, September 14th. Colonel Hatch of the 4th New Jersey Infantry mentions this in his after-action report.

The rest of the War

He served as Assistant Adjutant General to General Joseph Johnston, and was was appointed Colonel 6 July 1863 after Colonel Hately was disabled and retired. He was wounded in action in the Wilderness, VA 6 May 1864. He was killed by a sniper at Petersburg, VA on 30 August 1864.

References & notes

Basic information from the State of Florida1, with details from Allardice.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

01/27/1828; Oxford, GA

Death

08/30/1864; Petersburg, VA; burial in Bellamy Cemetery, Jefferson County, FL

Notes

1   State of Florida, Board of State Institutions, Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian, Civil and Spanish-American Wars, Live Oak (FL): Democrat Print, 1903, pg. 136  [AotW citation 15449]

2   Allardice, Bruce S., Confederate Colonels, Columbia (Mo): University of Missouri Press, 2008, pg. 230  [AotW citation 15450]