FRANCIS MARION THOMASON, 24TH TEXAS CAVALRY





FRANCIS M. THOMASON




Karen McCann Hett  All Rights Reserved 2003-2014


Francis Marion Thomason was the youngest brother of James B. Thomason and Jabez Thomason, who came to Texas from Lawrence County, Alabama. Their parents were George and Matilda Burke Thomason, according to the Montgomery County History (1981). He was born 26 January 1843 in Montgomery County.

F. M. Thomason joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen along with his brother James on May 4, 1861. He was counted present for the muster rolls of September 13, 1861 and February 14, 1862.

Francis was only eighteen when he joined Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry as a private, under Captain S. D. Wooldridge. He was enlisted by John E. George in Danville on March 29, 1862. He had to ride fifty miles from his home to place of rendezvous.

Francis trained with the other men at Camp Carter at Hempstead. From there, he rode to Arkansas with them. There, he was dismounted with the others Camp Holmes and his horse was sent home.

From Camp Holmes, he was sent to Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post, where he spent the fall building winter cabins.

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He fought in the Battle of Arkansas Post, was captured by the Yankee troops and was sent up the Mississippi to be imprisoned at Camp Butler, Illinois. There, his name was placed on a Roster of Troops Captured at Arkansas Post, and on a Roll of Prisoners of War Captured at Arkansas Post.

He was sent to Virginia for parole, and was exchanged there. He apparently arrived there ill, and he was sent to the Episcopal Church Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was admitted on April 26, 1863 and was listed as a convalescent. He returned to duty on May 8, 1863 and was transferred to Farmville.

By the June muster roll, Francis was back in the hospital, and his muster rolls for June, 1863, through April, 1864, show that he was “absent, sick at hospital.”

Francis was apparently given a medical discharge and was sent back to Texas. In January 1865, he reported to duty and is shown as a member of Company I of the Detached 24th. He was assigned to “recruiting service for reg't.” By February, he is reported to be AWOL.

In April, he reported to Camp Lubbock in Texas, where he joined Company F of the Detached 24th & 25th Consolidated Regiment. His muster roll shows that he was transferred from the 24th Texas Cavalry “Now Permanently.”

This is the last record in his file, but we can assume that he was paroled at the end of the war with the other troops in Texas.

During the war, Francis returned to Montgomery County and married Elizabeth M. Fowler on 24 August 1864. She was the daughter of David Ramsey Fowler and Nancy Jane McCracken and the sister of Charles A. Fowler, who was also in the Riflemen and in Company B.

According to the Montgomery County history, Francis died on 16 December 1876, after being thrown from his horse on the road from Willis. His burial place is not known to me at this time.

The above was taken from county records, from the Thomason histories in the 1981 Montgomery County History book, and from the Compiled Service Records. The service records are housed at the National Archives and were accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas, and more recently at Fold3.com.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.


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