BUST VIEW OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL EDWARD L. THOMAS

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Nice bust view of General Thomas in a Confederate general’s uniform with clearly visible insignia on the collar.

Clarity and contrast are excellent. Paper and mount are good but the paper does have light to moderate foxing. Bottom center of the mount has a period pencil ID that reads “GEN. THOMAS”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for E. & H. T. ANTHONY…NEW YORK. There is also some biographical information in modern pencil.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.

Edward Lloyd Thomas was born in Clarke County, Georgia on March 23, 1825. He was a graduate of Oxford College of Emory University and served in the Mexican War from May 1847 until August 1848 as a second lieutenant in an independent company of Georgia mounted men. Before serving he farmed in Whitfield County, Georgia.

In October 1861, Thomas became colonel of the 35th Georgia Infantry. The regiment was attached to Brig. Gen Joseph R. Anderson's brigade which during the Peninsula Campaign was sent to the Richmond area to reinforce Joe Johnston's army. On May 27, 1862, the brigade was added to the newly created division of Maj. Gen A.P. Hill, soon to be known as the "Light Division". While commanding the regiment, Thomas suffered a minor wound at the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek during the Seven Days Battles. Anderson was wounded at Glendale and afterwards resigned his commission to manage the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond. Thomas then became permanent commander of the brigade and on November 1, he was promoted to brigadier general, participating in all of the major battles and campaigns fought by the Army of Northern Virginia.

When division commander William D. Pender was mortally wounded at Gettysburg, the two ranking brigade commanders left in the division were Thomas and James H. Lane. Although both had been promoted to brigadier general the same day (November 1, 1862), Lane had received his colonel's commission in September 1861, a month before Thomas had become a colonel, and thus Lane outranked him and assumed temporary command of the division. It has been suggested that as a Georgian, Thomas was not favored in a division with two North Carolina brigades. He remained in command of his brigade until the surrender at Appomattox.

After the war, Thomas returned to Georgia and farmed in Newton County near Covington. In 1885, President Grover Cleveland appointed him to a position as a Special Agent of the Land Bureau in Kansas. Later he was made Indian Agent at the Sac and Fox Agency, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. After being in poor health for some time, Thomas died on March 8, 1898 in South McAlester, Indian Territory, and is buried in Kiowa City Cemetery, Oklahoma. [ad] [ph:L]

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