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This Day in Georgia History

May 08, 1836

Bryan Morel Thomas Born

Confederate general Bryan Morel Thomas was born near Milledgeville, Georgia. After graduating from West Point in 1858, Thomas served on the western frontier duty until resigning his commission in April 1861. He joined the 3rd Alabama as a lieutenant under Gen. Jones Withers. After Shiloh, Thomas was promoted to captain and then major under Withers, serving in the Kentucky campaign and at Murfreesboro. He then recruited a cavalry brigade in Alabama, where he was assigned to the defense of Mobile. In Aug. 1864, Thomas was promoted to brigadier general. After the war, he farmed, became a deputy U.S. marshal, and became involved in public schools as a teacher and superintendent. Thomas died on July 16, 1905 in Dalton, Georgia.