Edward Lloyd Thomas

Brigadier General

Headstones: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

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Edward Lloyd Thomas was born on March 23, 1825 in Clarke County, Georgia, and was graduated from Emory College in 1846. He served in the war with Mexico as a 2nd lieutenant of Georgia mounted volunteers (Newton County Independent Horse). Subsequently he declined a commission in the regular army and returned to his plantation. On October 15, 1861 he was appointed colonel of the 35th Georgia Infantry, a regiment he had recruited by authorization of President Davis. Leading this command at Seven Pines and during the Seven Days battles, he was wounded at Mechanicsville, and after his recovery, fought in every major engagement of the Army of Northern Virginia with the exception of Sharpsburg. (At the time he was detached at Harpers Ferry paroling prisoners.) He was himself paroled at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. He had been a brigadier since November 1, 1862, and might have succeeded to the command of Pender's division after Gettysburg, had the unit not contained two brigades from North Carolina and one from South Carolina. General Lee felt that dissatisfaction might be caused by the promotion of a Georgian.  General Thomas resided on his estate after the war, until in 1885 he was appointed by President Cleveland to an office in the Land Department and subsequently in the Indian Bureau. He died at South McAlester, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) on March 8, 1898, and is buried in Kiowa, Oklahoma.

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