Colonel Bryan Morel Thomas


* Assistant *
Regtl. Staff Shiloh 2020
Dec 16, 2019
Corinth MS
Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He graduated from US Military Academy in 1858 and resigned his commission in the Union Army when the south seceded from the Union in 1861. He enlisted in the Confederate Army, was commissioned an officer on Major General Jones M. Withers' staff and fought at the Battle of Shiloh. In 1862, he was promoted commander of the 18th Alabama Infantry, served during the Kentucky Campaign and was promoted Colonel of the 12th Mississippi Cavalry in 1863. In August 1864, he was commissioned Brigadier General in command of the defenses of Mobile, Alabama and was captured while trying to hold Fort Blakely in April 1865. After the war, he was a farmer in Georgia and a US Marshal.

Thomas was born in 1836 in Milledgeville, Georgia, and gained his primary education while attending Atlanta's Oglethorpe University. On July 1, 1854, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. Thomas graduated four years later and stood 22nd out of 54 cadets. On July 1, 1858, he was brevetted as a second lieutenant and assigned to the 8th U.S. Infantry.

With the 8th Infantry, Thomas performed garrison duty in New York and then was stationed in the Utah Territory. On January 19, 1859, he was promoted to second lieutenant and assigned to the 5th U.S. Infantry. With the 5th Infantry he was stationed at Fort Union in the New Mexico Territory until resigning in 1861.