Searching For Confederate Thomas B Jester

Dec 31, 2010
Kingsport, Tennessee

The above link is a short video of the discovery of a Confederate grave in what appears to be the wilds of rural Dunnellon, in Marion County, Florida in Oct. 2016. The subject at one point mentions the presence of a "wild boar" and the fact he was "armed". He apparently was searching for the grave of a Black Confederate. The only marked grave discovered was that of a White Alabama Veteran. The only info given is his name. I was able through his service and pension record to find some background on him.

The soldier whose grave is discovered (apparently among several unmarked African-American graves), is that of Private Thomas B. Jester, Company F 18th Alabama Infantry. T.B. enlisted August 2, 1861, and was surrendered at Montgomery, Alabama May 18, 1865. He was captured on August 6, 1864, during The Battle of Utoy Creek during the Atlanta Campaign. He was held at Camp Chase, Ohio until April 1, 1865, and had been paroled home when the war ended. T.B. and later his widow applied for pensions from the State of Florida and were apparently approved.


Private G B. Dozier of Company B 18th Alabama


The Eighteenth Alabama regiment was organized at Auburn,
September 1861.

Its first duty was at Mobile. At the battle of Shiloh, it engaged
in the severe fighting which resulted in the capture of Prentiss'
division, and was ordered by General Wheeler to carry the
prisoners to Corinth.

It returned to Mobile, where it remained till 1863. It was
prominent in the battle of Chickamauga, September 19th and 20th,
losing nearly two-thirds of its number, killed and wounded;
participated in all the subsequent battles of the army of
Tennessee and was distinguished in the Dalton and Atlanta
campaign; engaged in the battles in front of Dalton, May 7th to
12th; Resaca, May 14th and 15th; Cassville, May 18th; New Hope
Church, May 25th, and Pickett's Mill, May 27th.

The regiment was also in battle at Peachtree Creek, July 20th;
Atlanta, July 22nd; Jonesboro, August 31st and September 1st;
Lovejoy's Station, September 2nd to 6th; Franklin, Tenn.,November
30th, and Nashville, December 15th and 16th.

The Eighteenth was then ordered to Mobile and participated in the
defense of Spanish Fort March 26 to April 8, 1865.

Among the officers killed were: Lieut.-Col. Richard F. Inge,
Captains Justice, Stringer, Hammond, and Mickle, and Lieutenants
Fielder, McAdory and Kidd, all of whom met death at Chickamauga.

Its commanding officers were: Colonel Inge, whose name heads the
roll of honor of the killed and wounded at Chickamauga; Col. Edwin
C. Bullock, one of the leading citizens of Alabama, died in
November 1861; Col. Eli S. Shorter, distinguished at Shiloh; Col.
James T. Holtsclaw, who was wounded at Shiloh and afterward became distinguished as a brigadier-general, and Col. James Strawbridge, who was temporarily assigned; Lieut.-Col. Peter F. Hunley, and Majs. Sheppard Ruffin, William M. Moxley; also Bryan M. Thomas, who was temporarily assigned and was afterward a prominent

Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 113

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