Thomas Tinsley Heath

THOMAS TINSLEY HEATH was born March 10,1835, at Xenia, Ohio. He attended Marietta College and Ohio Wesleyan University and later was graduated from the Cincinnati Law School. After he was admitted to the bar in 1858, he studied abroad in England, Ireland, and France, returning to Cincinnati in time to volunteer for service at the outbreak of the war. His first assignment was to recruit three regiments of infantry and one of cavalry, which he did with speed and skill. He was commissioned a lieutenant-colonel of the 5th Ohio Cavalry and took part in the battle of Shiloh. After a period of illness, he returned to combat and served with Sherman's army through the Atlanta campaign and the march through Georgia and the Carolinas. Previously, he had been named brevet brigadier general for gallantry at the battle of Waynesboro, Georgia. He enjoyed the unique distinction of being in command of the flag escort that was part of the ceremony of the final surrender of the Confederate forces under General Joseph E. Johnson to General Sherman in North Carolina. He returned to Cincinnati where he not only resumed the practice of law but also took up inventing. Among his creations was the method of printing newspapers called stereotyping. General Heath lived to be ninety, dying at his home in Loveland, Ohio, on October 18,1925.

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