Abram Thomas
Served & died in Co. C, 39th Ala. Infantry Reg. Born  1835 Died   1862
(only personal items returned to family)

ABRAM THOMAS was born c.1835 in North Carolina to John Wm. Thomas and Annie Taylor. Abram married Miss Mary Ann "Anna" Hagler, the daughter of John Hagler and Barbara Qaisberry, c.1858 in Barbour County. The couple had one daughter Nancy Jane Thomas, who married the Rev. Joseph Wm. Phillips. Abram

1850 Census, Willis Brewer's Alabama: Her History, Resources: War Record, and Public Men From 1540 to 1872; Mrs. Ruby Rolland Rozzel - family historian: Book - Trail of the Haglers - 2 edition - by Travis Jackson Hagler; Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States, General Land Office for Barbour County.

39th Alabama Infantry Regiment

The 39th AL Infantry Regiment was organized at Opelika in May 1862 with men from Barbour, Henry, Pike, Russell, and Walker counties. 

It was sent at once to Mississippi. It was brigaded there under Gen'l Frank Gardner with the 19th, 22nd, 25th, and 26th AL Regiments. 

It participated in the march into KY, with little fighting, and came back with the army to Murfreesboro. The regiment took part in that battle, and with heavy losses (95), having gained much credit for repulsing an attack of the enemy the day before. The regiment was with the army when it fell back to the Chattanooga line, and it took part in the battle of Chickamauga with a very heavy loss of men (31% of 310 engaged). At Missionary Ridge, the loss was light, and the 39th, now under Gen'l Deas of Mobile as brigade commander, wintered at Dalton. 

It reported 337 men and 219 arms in December, 1863. From there to Atlanta the regiment was conspicuous in all the fighting of the army, suffering severely. They were present in the defense of Atlanta and at Jonesboro where they again lost heavily. They marched with the army into TN and lost a number of prisoners at Nashville. The regiment then moved to the Carolinas with Gen'l Johnston and took part in operations there, though much reduced in number. It was there consolidated with the 22nd and 26th and 50th AL regiments but
was forced to surrender a few days later on the 26th of April 1865.
There were fewer than 90 officers and men remaining.

Co. "C", Pea River Rifles (Barbour)


If anyone has any information on those prisoners captured by the North during the war please send it to me and I will include it here to aid others in finding their ancestors.  If you have an ancestor that vanished during the civil war, you may want to check the POW records, I found my GGreat-grandfather in the Elmira "Hellmira", NY prisoners records.

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