Caswell Cobb Thompson

McMinn County, Tennessee, USA
Death 17 Sep 1862 (aged 32)
Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Burial Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Plot Unknown grave
Memorial ID 139302147 · View Source
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Caswell was killed at the Cornfield during the early morning on 17 Sep 1862. He was a Pvt in Co. I, 60th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Evans' Brigade, Gordon's Division, Army of Northern Virginia.

A family story relates: "He was just a good start near the home plantation at the out-break of the war, and in the first part of May 1862 one morning before daybreak, he rode off to war. About the middle of August the same year, in a battle of Sharpsburg, Maryland, he was shot in the abdomon. His comrades carried him to a near-by shade and layed him on the ground in a fence corner and, since wars must be fought, they left him dying there where all knowledge ceases.

Official Plaque #343 placed at the Battlefield.

Col. M. Douglass, 13th Georgia Infantry, Commanding.
13th, 26th, 31st, 38th, 60th
and 61st Georgia Infantry

(September 16-17, 1862.)
At 10 P. M. of the 16th, Lawton's Brigade advanced from its position west of the Dunkard Church and relieved Wofford's Brigade of Hood's Division in the fields south of the Cornfield and east of the Hagerstown Pike. Skirmishers were thrown forward into the south edge of the Cornfield. In this position the Brigade was attacked at about 5:30 A. M. on the 17th by Seymour's Brigade of Meade's Division on the right and, at 6 A. M., by three Brigades of Doubleday's Division on the left. After losing its commander and more than one-half its members, it was relieved by Wofford's Brigade of Hood's Division and withdrawn to the woods southwest of the Dunkard Church and was not again engaged.

Caswell's official grave has not been found, so it must be assumed that he was one of the unidentified that was re-interred at one of the other cemeteries to which the Confederate dead were moved. Never the less, this memorial commemorates his life and death, and his descendants live on.

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  • Created by: Michael Zumalt
  • Added: 27 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 139302147
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Caswell Cobb Thompson (6 Jul 1830–17 Sep 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139302147, citing Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Michael Zumalt (contributor 47008514) .