Thomas Moore Scott

Reference: Find-a-Grave

Thomas Moore Scott, born in 1829, was a native of Georgia, and was probably born in Athens. He went to New Orleans as a young man, but later returned to Georgia, and for some years resided in La Grange. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Scott was engaged in farming in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. On August 13, 1861 he enlisted in the 12th Louisiana Infantry, then being organized at Camp Moore. Of this regiment he was at once elected colonel, and accompanied it to Columbus, Kentucky. The 12th Louisiana was present at the battle of Belmont, although it was not actively engaged, and subsequently formed part of the garrison of Island No. 10, and in April 1862 of Fort Pillow under General John B. Villepigue. The regiment also saw duty in the Port Hudson area during late 1862 and early 1863. It was a part of W. W. Loring's division at the battle of Baker's Creek in the Vicksburg campaign, and joined the forces of General Joseph E. Johnston in their operations. Scott then remained in Mississippi until his command accompanied General Leonidas Polk to Dalton, Georgia, in 1864. He distinguished himself in the ensuing Atlanta campaign, and was promoted brigadier general from May 10, 1864. He led his brigade in Hood's ill fated Tennessee campaign, and was severely wounded at the battle of Franklin in November by the explosion of a shell. He apparently saw no further service, since no record of his final capture or parole has been found. Returning to Louisiana, he again engaged in farming near Homer, and for some years operated a sugar plantation on the Gulf Coast. He died in New Orleans on April 21, 1876, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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