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Thomas D. Golding (Golden, Goulden) was born in Abbeville District, South Carolina, on December 6, 1843. He was the son of Reuben G. Golding and Helena Cheatham; he appears with his parents on the South Carolina census of 1850. The family migrated to Texas in the early 1850s with other members of their families, including the Rotens, Cheathams, and Foorshes. By 1860, Reuben's family was enumerated in the census of Montgomery County, Texas, 1860. The family settled on or near the Cude survey.

Thomas was a cousin of Henry R. Golden. Henry's half-sister, Martha Irene Foorshe, was married to Timothy J. Cude after the war. Another first cousin, Amanda Cheatham, was married to William W. Roten.

Yet another cousin, William Alexander Cheatham, married Sarah Elizabeth Walker after the war. She was the daughter of William Walker and the sister of Samuel Walker, both of whom served in Captain Wooldridge's Company B with Thomas.

Thomas and Henry together joined Company B, Second Texas Lancers in April of 1862 when he was nineteen. Thomas was a private.

Thomas trained with his company at Hempstead, then marched to Arkansas when he was dismounted with the other Texans. His regiment became 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry and was assigned to Garland's Brigade.

Thomas was captured by Union troops in the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863 and was among the sixteen ill and wounded men from Company B who were left at the hospital in St. Louis. He died at City General Hospital, the hospital that served Gratiot Street Prison.

Gratiot Street Prison, St. Louis

Over half of the men of Company B who were sent there died of disease or wounds. However, it is likely that those were the sickest men or those who were seriously wounded, who likely would have died at Camp Butler anyway.

Thomas D. Golding died February 13, 1863, and was buried the same day in Plot # 20-0-4776 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.


An undertaker's certificate is in his files.

His name was on a list of prisoners who died in the Department of Missouri, giving his cause of death as typhoid fever and chronic diarrhea.

The inscription on his stone states, “24 Tex. Cav. C. S. A.”

Thank you to Michael Pierce for taking the photo of this stone.

Thanks to David Frame for the family information on Cheatham, Golding, and related families. The Compiled Service Records are housed in the National Archives and were accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas.

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 or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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