|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1846|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1908|
Thomas Jefferson Austin was born in Butler County, Alabama on July 4, 1846. He served in the War Between the States as a private in the Alabama 1st Artillery Battalion, Company E. He enlisted in Greenville, Butler County on January 1, 1864 when he was only 17. At the Battle of Fort Morgan, Alabama, August 1864, the 1st Battalion fought until their guns were knocked out, losing 150 men killed and wounded. The remainder were taken prisoner on the 23rd and sent to Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, and were later transferred to Elmira Prison, New York. T.J., as he was called, was released in a prisoner exchange at the Charles River in Virginia on March 14, 1865. He was hospitalized in Richmond in General Hospital #9, later transferred to Jackson Hospital and finally to St. Francis de Sales, per service records found, and was discharged from the army on June 6, 1865, although he remained in the hospital until August 13, 1865.
Soon after he was dismissed from the hospital, T.J. bought a farm in Wilcox County, Alabama and on December 7, 1877, married Amanda Weatherford. The family left Wilcox County about 1904, moving to neighboring Monroe County where other family members had settled a few years before. T.J. died in Frisco City, Alabama of heart failure on February 7, 1908. He and his wife are interred in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Frisco City.
This came from a Elmira Prison Camp online library and was provided by Don Atwell, a findagrave contributor.
Amanda E Weatherford Austin (1856 - 1937)*
Jessie Gertrude Austin Montgomery (1881 - 1967)*
"Co E 1 BN ALA ARTY CSA"
Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Gwynn
Record added: Feb 13, 2008
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