PHIFER, T. H. Pvt. Confederate States of America, Army of Northern Virginia, Stonewall Jackson Corps, Starke's Brigade, Company D, 2nd Louisiana Infantry. Enlisted May 11, 1861 and killed in the Battle of Antietam, Sharpsburg MD, during the morning hours of September 17, 1862. Confederate General Starke's 2nd Louisiana Brigade battled Union General John Gibbon's Iron Brigade across the Hagerstown Pike rail fence (at the "Cornfield" - north of Dunker Church) and Private Phifer was killed in this encounter. Of the 1401 Louisiana men that took part in the battle, 642 were casualties, almost 50%. Literate and desiring to be a lawyer, his life was cut short defending the Confederacy.
Phifer was originally buried on the battlefield but his remains were later reinterred to Hagerstown, MD in about 1874. His actual grave is unmarked but he is recorded as being buried in the Washington Confederate Cemetery (Rose Hill, Hagerstown, MD).
His wartime letters have been transcribed online by descendant Janice Yenni Clark. The originals were bound and placed in the Mansfield, LA, library.
Son of Silas Phifer (1812-1886) and Harriet Barbour (1813-1898), married in 1833. Siblings were Sarah "Sallie" (1836-1907), Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1840-1869), John (1848-1922), Julia (1851-1931), and Leonidas (1845-1847). The family resided in the San Augustine, TX (about 1839) and Mansfield, LA areas.
Thomas was the grandson of Jacob (1757-1846) and Rachel DeGraff Phifer (1777-1850), who in 1818 were among the first settlers in Knox County, Ohio. They farmed and operated a Stage Coach Inn at Phifer's Corners.
Interesting Letters that Pvt. Phifer sent to his family - Paste Link : http://www.countygenweb.com/desotoparishla/phifer.html#about