Thomas James Stowers


Thomas James Stowers

Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 25 Jul 1933 (aged 84)
Baxter, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Baxter, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 25618287 View Source
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On September 3, 1864 Stowers enlisted as a private in Co. D, 199th Pennsylvania Regiment. He was present at Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. He mustered out on June 28, 1865. Stower's enlistment in the Union Army strained family relations because his brother had fought for the confederacy.

He then enlisted as a private in the 7th U.S. Cavalry on December 1, 1874, and was assigned to Troop B. He participated in the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. Listed occupation as farmer. Stower's commanding officer was Gen. George Armstrong Custer. On June 25, 1876, Stowers found himself at the Little Big Horn River in Montana Territory guarding the pack train under the immediate command of Captain Thomas M McDougall. For two days Stowers and his company help fight off repeated attacks by Sioux Indians on Reno Hill under the command of Major Marcus Reno. After his military service Stowers split his time between Bucks County, PA., and his family home in Baxter. In one of the more bizarre tall tales Stowers told his family he alone had survived the Custer massacre by hiding under a nearby wagon. His tombstone reads; "sole survivor of Gen. Custer's massacre June 25, 1876." Admitted to the National Military Home at Dayton, OH., on December 5, 1918. Died at age 84 at 11:30 p.m. on July 25, 1933.

1850 Nashville,Davidson CO N, William Stowers, age 35, Emily, age 32, John G, age 12, Sarah C, age 8, Martha J, age 6, *Thomas J, age 1, Lucinda, age 26
1860 Nashville,Davidson CO TN, Wm Stowers, age 45, Emily S, age 45, John T, age 22, Martha J, age 16, *Thomas J, age 12, Margaret, age 8, William, age 6, Alexander C, age 3.

1900 Davidson CO

H G Robertson 43 Head
Maggie L Robertso 47 Wife Thomas sister, Buried in cemetery
Jessie T Robertson 8 Daughter
Elwood Roberts 6 Son
Emily A Robertso 4 Daughter
Thos J Stowers 51 Brother in Law (Brother-in-law) Thos is an iron molder
1910 Montgomery Co Ohio - National Military Home
Name: Thomas J Stowers
Age in 1910: 61
Birth Date: 1849 [1849]
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1910: Jefferson, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
Street: Yack Avenue
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Inmate
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina -Correct per Death Cert
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia - Correct
Native Tongue: English


Enlisted Sept. 3, 1864
Private Co. D. 199 Regiment
Served in 7th Cavalry after
Civil War. Was sole survivor
of Gen. Custer's Massacre
June 25, 1876

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