Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Morris Atkins, Co. A, 49th Tennessee Infantry, CSA

1827   

  • February 12: Thomas Morris Atkins was born to Henry and Sallie Atkins in Stewart Cunty, TN.

1830

  • The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Stewart County, TN showed Thomas’ father, Henry, as the head of household. He was a farmer and owned 14 slaves.

1840  

  • The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Stewart County, TN showed Thomas’ father, Henry, as the household. Henry was a farmer and owned 21 slaves.

1850  

  • July 17: Thomas married Lucinda Cook in Stewart County, TN.

    ***Thomas separated from his first wife Lucinda.***

1858  

  • April 7: Thomas married Mary Cowardin in Alexander County, IL.

1860  

  • June 9: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Todd County, Kentucky showed Thomas and Mary living with his father, step-mother and siblings. His father was a farmer. Thomas had no occupation listed.

1861   

  • November 29: Thomas enlisted in the C.S. Army. He mustered into Co. A 49 TN Infantry in Clarksville, TN. He was a 1st Lieutenant.

  • December 28: Thomas was elected to the rank of Captain.

1862  

  • February 16: Thomas was captured at Fort Donelson. Descriptive prisoner of war record. Height: 5ft 11in, Eyes: Dark, Hair: Dark, Age: 35.

  • April 24: He was transferred to Camp Chase and then on to Johnson’s Island, OH.

  • September: Thomas was sent to Vicksburg, MS for exchange.

1864  

  • June 11: Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

  • November 30: Thomas was captured for the second time while fighting at the Battle of Franklin. He was sent to Johnson’s Island.

1865   

  • June 20: Thomas was released from prison.

1870  

  • August 25: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Todd County, KY showed Thomas, a farmer, living with his wife and four children.

1875   

  • June 2: An article appeared in the Leaf-Chronicle. Weekly, Clarksville, TN.

1885  

  • Thomas lived in Sumter County, FL, growing oranges.

1897   

  • June 1: Thomas Morris Atkins died in Sumter County, FL, but was buried in Clarksville, Montgomery County, TN.

  • June 3: Thomas’ obituary appeared in the Leaf-Chronicle. Weekly, Clarksville, TN.         

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1898  

  • December 2: A posthumous article remembering the Battle of Franklin and Col. Thomas Atkins appeared in the Leaf-Chronicle. Weekly, Clarksville, TN.    

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