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Edward Lloyd Thomas
March 23, 1825(1825-03-23) – March 8, 1898 (aged 72)
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Edward L. Thomas
Place of birth Clarke County, Georgia
Place of death McAlester, Oklahoma
Place of burial Kiowa, Oklahoma
Allegiance United States of America
Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held 35th Georgia Infantry
Thomas's Brigade, ANV
Battles/wars Mexican-American War
American Civil War
*Beaver Dam Creek
*Seven Days Campaign
*Second Manassas
*Antietam
*Fredericksburg
*Chancellorsville
*Gettysburg
*Overland Campaign
*Siege of Petersburg
*Appomattox Campaign
Other work planter, Land Bureau, Indian Bureau agent

Edward Lloyd Thomas (March 23, 1825 – March 8, 1898) was a Confederate infantry general during the American Civil War from the state of Georgia.

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Biography

Born in Clarke County, Georgia in 1825 to Edward Lloyd Thomas and Mary Hogue, Thomas was a graduate of Oxford College of Emory University, and served in the Mexican-American War from May 1847 until August 1848 as a second lieutenant in an independent company of Georgia mounted men. Before serving he farmed in Whitfield County, Georgia.

After Georgia seceded, Edward Lloyd Thomas became colonel of the 35th Georgia Infantry October 1861. The regiment was assigned to Joseph R. Anderson's brigade, which became part of A.P. Hill's famed "Light Division." While serving as head of the regiment, Thomas was wounded at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days Campaign. However, the wound was not serious and Thomas remained on the field. When Anderson left to take control of the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Thomas was promoted to General to command the Brigade. He retained this position for the rest of the War. Edward Lloyd Thomas was present at all of the major battles of the Army of Northern Virginia.

When division commander William D. Pender was mortally wounded at Gettysburg, Thomas was the senior commander left in the Division. It was said he was not promoted to division commander because, as a Georgian, he was not favored in a division that contained two North Carolina brigades. Whatever the reason, Thomas remained a brigade commander until Appomattox.

After the War, Edward Lloyd Thomas returned to Georgia and farmed in Newton County, Georgia near Covington, Georgia. In 1885, President Grover Cleveland appointed him to a position as a Special Agent of the Land Bureau in Kansas. Later he was made Indian Agent at the Sac and Fox Agency (see, Sac and Fox Nation), Indian Territory, Oklahoma. He died 1898 in South McAlester, Indian Territory and is buried in Kiowa, Oklahoma.

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References

  • Huff, Frederick Ware. Four Families: Winn, Thomas, Ware, Garrett of the southern United States from 1600s to 1993. Kennesaw, GA., Frederick Ware Huff, 1993.

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