Thomas Monroe Malone, 24th Regt Tx. Cav


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Thomas Monroe Malone was the son of Nancy Baker Reding by her marriage to Andrew J. Malone. Thomas was born on November 18, 1835, in Fayette County, Tennessee. Andrew died in 1840; Nancy married John L. Conn in early 1849, and the family migrated to Montgomery County, Texas, later that year. Thomas appears with his family in the 1850 census as a fifteen-year-old male.

On May 16, 1861, he married Cynthia Ann Johnson; Cynthia was born in 1838 in Mississippi, the daughter of Bede Johnson. Her brother, John T. Johnson, was married to a cousin of Thomas's, Elizabeth C. Reding, daughter of Iredell Reding.

Thomas's name appears on the muster rolls of the militia unit Danville Mounted Riflemen in May and in September in 1861. His brother, William F. Malone, also served in the militia under Captain Wooldridge. The following year, Thomas enlisted in Co. B Second Texas Lancers (which later became the 24th Cavalry) under Capt. Wooldridge. He enlisted at Danville in March giving his age as twenty-six.

His uncle, John Baker Reding, also was a member of the same company as was Thomas's brother, Henderson F. Malone


However, on April 20th at Huntsville, he joined Captain Dickie's Company in Col. Elmore's Regiment, the Twentieth Infantry, the unit in which his brother, William F. Malone, was serving.

On May 10th at Hempstead, he was mustered into Elmore's and became a member of Company H. On the Lancers' muster roll of August 31, 1863, there is a notation that he transferred to Captain Dickie's Company in Col. Elmore's Regiment, Texas Infantry.

The Twentieth Texas Infantry was organized at Galveston, Texas, during the spring and early summer of 1862. The unit was quite unique in that it contained a very high percentage of middle-aged men, prominent and wealthy. The regiment was enlisted primarily for defense of the Texas coast.

Thomas was counted present on the muster rolls of Company H of the Twentieth (Elmore's) in August and November 1862 and February and April of 1863.

On November 3, 1863, it was noted that he was absent on detail. This meant that he had been assigned to do a special task, for which he had to be away from his regiment.

Thomas was absent sick beginning on December 21, 1863. There is a notation that he was serving in Galveston in January 1864.

A Regimental Return for January states that he was absent sick and had been in the hospital in Chappell Hill (Texas) since December 21, 1863. He was present for duty again in February, 1864.

On June 24, 1864, Thomas was furloughed for 27 days, and the muster roll of June 1864, notes that he was absent on leave.

The last record, a Regimental Return, shows that he was placed on detached service on January 22, 1865, to procure bacon for his company.

The Twentieth Regiment was surrendered by Kirby-Smith at the end of the War.

Thomas survived the War and returned to Montgomery County. His name is on the list of those who signed Montgomery County Amnesty Oath in 1865.

Thomas died shortly afterwards, probably in 1867. In 1870, Cynthia was living with her brother, John, in Madison County, and her four Malone children were with her. In 1872, Cynthia married W. W. Viser as his third wife. He had been a member of the Danville Riflemen under Captain Wooldridge.

Cynthia herself died before the census of 1880. No place of burial for her or for Thomas Monroe Malone has been located.

Sources for the above include county and census records, the Compiled Service Records of the Twenty-fourth Regiment Cavalry and the Twentieth Regiment Infantry; also, my Reding family records.

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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