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Lorenzo Thomas

  • Birth 26 Oct 1804 New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
  • Death 2 Feb 1875 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Corcoran, Lot 259
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  • Memorial ID 10385

Civil War Union Brigadier General. In 1823, he graduated from the US Military Academy, saw action in the Seminole War and served as General William O. Butler's chief of staff in the Mexican War. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was named Adjutant General and promoted Brigadier General, in March 1863. As punishment for alleged inadequacy, he lost his status as adjutant but retained his rank and was assigned to organize black troops in the South for the remainder of the war. After the war, he played a pivotal role in the political battle between President Johnson and the Congressional Radicals for control of Reconstruction. When the President decided to fire Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton in February 1868, he named Thomas to replace Stanton on an ad interim basis and restored him as Adjutant General. He retired from active duty at the end of President Johnson's term in 1869 and died in Washington, D.C.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Added: 7 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10385
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lorenzo Thomas (26 Oct 1804–2 Feb 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10385, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .