Sunday, January 12, 2014

Joseph Thomas

Joseph is my husband's 3rd great-grandfather.  

Joseph was born in 1830 probably in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and he died 3 Apr 1865 in Hopewell, Prince George County, Virginia from wounds received during the Civil War.

Joseph married Elizabeth Jane Savage (I blogged about Elizabeth's burial search before) 19 June 1854 in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.  Joseph and Elizabeth had 7 children:
  1. Daniel W. Thomas
  2. John W. Thomas
  3. Joshua Eugene Thomas (My husband's 2nd great-grandfather)
  4. Parvin Oscar Thomas
  5. Ella G. Thomas
  6. William James Thomas
  7. Anna E. Thomas
I have also been lucky enough to find Elizabeth's Widow's Pension file at Fold3; I have it on my to do list to go through it and document everything in Legacy.

The following is a timeline of his time in the Civil War.

Date
Battle
Joseph Thomas
Richmond - Petersburg Campaign
June 1864 - March 1865
Siege of Petersburg September 1864 to April 1865
Appomattox Campaign
March 28 to April 9 1865
Summer 1864
Regiment was recruited in the city of Philadelphia
Co H 198 PA Inf
{Joseph joins 2 September 1864}



9 Sep 1864
Organized at Philadelphia




15 Sep 1864
Mustered into the United States service




19 Sep 1864
Left Camp Cadwallader PA




20 Sep 1864
Arrived at Washington DC




21 Sep 1864
Boarded steamers Weems and Thames for City Point




22 Sep 1864
Arrived in City Point




24 Sep 1864
Arrived at the headquarters of the First Brigade to which they were assigned to the First Division of the Fifth Corps.




30 Sep - 2 Oct 1864
Battle of Peebles Farm




8 Oct 1864
Reconnaissance to Boydton Road




27 - 28 Oct 1864
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run




8 Nov 1864
Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president defeating Democrat George B. McClellan




6 - 12 December 1864
Warren's Raid to Weldon Railroad




31 January 1865
Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to abolish slavery.  The amendment is then submitted to the states for ratification.




3 February 1865
Peace conference between President Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens fails




5 - 7 February 1865
Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run
Three killed and thirteen wounded




29 Mar 1865
Junction, Quaker and Boydton Roads




29 Mar 1865
Marched toward Dinwiddie Court House and encountered the enemy near the Old Saw Mill (Battle of Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run)
twenty-eight were killed and one hundred and seventeen wounded.
{Joseph is wounded 29 March 1865 at Lewis Farm}



Mar 30 -31 1865
White Oak Rd




31 Mar 1865
Moved off and encountered the enemy at White Oak Swamp.
six killed and forty six wounded




1 April 1865
Five Forks
one killed and fifteen wounded
{Joseph dies 3 April 1865}

{Joseph is buried 4 April 1865 at City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell Virginia}



9 April 1865
Appomattox Court House
General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia





14 April 1865
Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford's Theater to see the play "Our American Cousin." 
During the third act of the play John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head at approximately 10:13pm.




15 April 1865
Start their march home.
President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 am.
Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency.




18 April 1865
General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General Sherman near Durham in North Carolina.




22 April - 2 May 1865
Guarded railroad at Wilson's Station




26 April 1865
John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.




2 - 6 May 1865
Continue their march home through Petersburg.





The Fifth Corps was assigned a permanent camp on Arlington Heights, near the former mansion of Robert E. Lee




4 May 1865
Abraham Lincoln is laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.




9 May 1865
Marched through Fredericksburg.




12 May 1865
Reached Arlington Heights




22 May 1865
A large farewell party was held in the Fifth Corps' First Division camp, to honor General Griffin. Four huge hospital tents had been put together, to accommodate Division officers and their invited guests. For the occasion, Chamberlain had designed, and Tiffany's in New York had created, a pin in enameled gold of a red Maltese cross against a white background--a miniature replica of the Division's flag. The cross was outlined in diamonds, with a center diamond costing about $1000. Chamberlain was chosen by his fellow officers to make the presentation speech, and he pinned the badge to his commander's uniform. Griffin was quite overcome by the honor paid, and simply bowed his thanks to the assemblage




23 May 1865
Grand Review




4 June 1865
Mustered out of service.




5 June 1865
Broke camp and marched to Washington D.C.




6 June 1865
Arrived in Philadelphia at 9 o'clock in the morning.




12 June 1865
They were paid and discharged and able to return to their families.





**Regiment lost during service**
6 Officers + 67 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. 44 Enlisted men died from disease. Total 117.





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