Byran Morel Thomas

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

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Bryan Morel Thomas, a native of Georgia, was born near Milledgeville on May 8, 1836. He first attended Oglethorpe University; then entered West Point in 1854. After graduation he was commissioned in the 8th Infantry, from which he later transferred to the 5th Infantry. Resigning from the old army on April 6, 1861, he was appointed a lieutenant in the Regular Confederate service and took a commendable part in the battle of Shiloh on the staff of General Withers, discharging the duties of chief of ordnance and artillery. He continued to serve on Withers' staff in the Kentucky campaign and at Murfreesboro. Upon the recommendation of General Leonidas Polk he was promoted colonel and placed in command of a regiment of reserve cavalry in General James H. Clanton's brigade in Alabama. On August 4, 1864 Thomas was commissioned brigadier general. Thereafter he led a mixed brigade of Alabama infantry, cavalry, and artillery in the Department of the Gulf, until he was captured at Fort Blakely on April 9, 1865. After his release General Thomas was a planter in Dooly and Whitfield counties, Georgia; a deputy U. S. marshal; and in 1884 established a private school. From 1891 until his death in Dalton, July 16, 1905, he served as superintendent of public schools of that city. He is buried in Dalton.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.