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James E Thomas
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Birth: 1818
Bowling Green
Warren County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 1864
Georgia, USA

May 2012: I made a visit to Old Concord Cemetery. There at the gate was the military issued tombstone of James E Thomas. It was leaning on the outside of the gate.

I know it was not there in the fall of 2011 when I was at Old Concord.

I do not know where it came from or who placed it there.

James married Mary Purkapile in 1839 at Pecan Bottom, Menard Co.

1860 census: Children James T, Rachel A, Margaret E, Sarah C, William D, Jasper N, Lucy M

Minor Children in 1864 : William Douglas Dec 27, 1852, Jasper Newton Dec 26, 1855, Lucy Maria March 3, 1859, David Aaron Dec 27, 1861

Mary "Polly" remarried to Labon Blunt Sept 10, 1867 in Mason County

Pension files states Pvt Thomas died at Camp Butler in Illinois.

History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 408 - 419

JAMES E. THOMAS, aged forty-four, born in Bowling Green, Warren county, Kentucky, married, farmer; enlisted from Petersburg, Ill. Was slightly wounded at the assault on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 27, and received wounds from which he died in the battle of Peach Tree creek, Georgia, July 19, 1864.

Company E was the Menard county company and was enrolled by Pleasant S. Scott, of Petersburg, under date of July 17, 1862. In this county were many people who had emigrated from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. These people were hardy, patriotic and brave, and most of them were strongly opposed to slavery. And these pioneers and their sons were prompt to respond to the call of the President for additional troops.

At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Pleasant S. Scott, captain; Joseph M. Plunkett, first lieutenant, and Abraham Clary, second lieutenant. At the organization of the regiment this company became the color company.

The record shows that the company had 3 killed in battle, 5 died of wounds, 2 were accidentally killed, 12 died of disease, 18 were discharged for disability, 13 were wounded who lived to be discharged from the service. Of the 81 officers and men who formed the original company but 21 went home together at the close of the war. Not so strong in numbers as some of the others, nevertheless this company made a record of which all its members should be proud. 
Note: birth year from muster roll
Old Concord Cemetery
Menard County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Debra
Record added: May 29, 2012
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James E Thomas
Added by: Debra
James E Thomas
Added by: Debra
James E Thomas
Added by: Debra
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 Added: May. 29, 2012

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