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This Day in Georgia History

March 08, 1898

Edward Lloyd Thomas Died

Former Confederate general Edward Lloyd Thomas died in South McAlester, Oklahoma. Born March 23, 1825, in Clarke County, Ga., he served in the Mexican War, returning to Georgia to become a planter. After Georgia’s secession, Thomas recruited the 35th Georgia Voluntary Infantry. In the fall of 1861, he was promoted to colonel and served at the Battles of Seven Pines, Seven Days, and Mechanicsville. Thomas commanded Anderson’s Brigade in Hill’s Light Division at Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, and Sharpsburg. In Nov. 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general. Thomas commanded the 3rd Brigade in Hill’s Division at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, followed by the 3rd Brigade in Pender’s Division at Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Appomattox. After the war, Thomas again became a planter before taking federal positions in the Land Department and the Indian Bureau.