★★★ -Reid Jr., Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson Reid


Born: January 6, 1838

Birthplace: Caswell County North Carolina

Father: Thomas Jefferson Reid Sr. 1801 – 1880
(Buried: Tulip Cemetery Tulip Arkansas)

Mother: Frances “Fannie” Lightfoot Edwards 1814 – 1896

Wife: Carrie Wolcott

Wife: Maud Kennicott


Attended University of Pennsylvania Medical School
1861: Graduated from Richmond Medical College

Civil War Career:
1861: Major of 12th​ Arkansas Infantry Regiment
1862: Major of Phifer's Arkansas Cavalry Battalion
1862 – 1864: Colonel of 12th​ Arkansas Infantry Regiment
Captured during the Battle of Port Hudson escaping in New Orleans LA
1864 – 1865: Colonel of 2nd​ Arkansas Consolidated Infantry Regiment

Occupation after War:
Medical Doctor in Hot Springs Arkansas
Medical Doctor in Chicago Illinois
Medical Doctor in Colorado
Medical Doctor in Niles Illinois

October 30, 1907
Place of Death: Niles Illinois
Age at time of Death: 69 years old
Burial Place: Town of Maine Cemetery Park Ridge Illinois
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
In Dec. of 1861 he transferred to the cavalry. He would have been captured at Island #10 with his unit but he was back in Arkansas recruiting. He became major in the 2nd.Arkansas Cavalry. The unit reorganized in October 1862 and Reid became it's colonel.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He submitted a plan to Jefferson Davis in January 1864 proposing to recapture New Orleans. He had been held captive there before escaping and noted how the city had few Union soldiers defending it.The plan was never implemented. Gen. Leonidas Polk favored it ( cautiously)and Gen. Braxton Bragg thought the plan foolhardy. Bragg believed the plan would "demoralize our troops and have them destroyed in detail".