Thomas Jordan was born at Luray, Virginia, September 30, 1819. After a common-school education, he was graduated in 1840 from West Point, where he was the roommate of William T. Sherman. He saw service both in the Seminole War and in the war with Mexico, and resigned his commission of captain and assistant quartermaster on May 21, 1861. His entire Confederate service was as a staff officer. He was adjutant general of the army at First Manassas under Beauregard; assistant adjutant general under A. S. Johnston at Shiloh, and under Beauregard after Johnston's death; and was made chief of staff to Bragg in July He served again under Beauregard during the siege of Charleston. He had been promoted to brigadier for gallantry on the field at Shiloh to rank from April 14, 1862. During the last months of the war he commanded the 3rd military district of South Carolina. Jordan wielded a facile pen and had written a treatise on the South in 1860. At the close of hostilities he returned to his writing, and in 1866 became editor of the Memphis Appeal. In 1869 he espoused the insurrectionary cause in Cuba, and became chief of staff and later commander of the Cuban revolutionaries. In 1870 Spain is said to have placed a price of $100,000 on his head. The movement subsequently collapsed and General Jordan returned to the United States and resumed his literary pursuits. At the same time he became founder and editor of the Financial and Mining Record of New York, a publication devoted to free silver. Among his other writings were numerous contributions to Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. He died at New York City, November 27, 1895, and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, near Hastings-on-Hudson.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.