Saturday, February 02, 2013

Thomas M. Golding.

Told by Charles F. Johnson, one of his buddies.

Wednesday, November 27th.

Thomas M. Golding, was a few days ago found washed ashore opposite Fort Clark, and he was buried in a little sand-hill back of our quarters. The members of his Company (F) have taken great pains to fence in and decorate his grave, with such materials as Nature has at hand, in a very beautiful and artistic manner a touching tribute to his memory, as well as evidence that his comrades feel his loss and knew his worth as a man. I knew Golding well. He was one of the twenty -four " of Ours " at the Rip Raps, where I learned to respect him and became acquainted with some points in his history. A carpenter as well as an engineer by trade, he had once been in the employ of the Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad Company, and for a time had run an engine on that road. If my memory serves me, he had known Squire Hoisington in Chicago. He was one of the best of men, strictly temperate, and moral in all his ways. Never noisy or offensive, but an earnest soldier as well as man. And here he is buried on Hatteras Bank. In the world, of course, but still it does seem a strange fate to be buried here.

New York 9th., Infantry.

GOLDING, THOMAS.—Age, 23 years. Enlisted, May 3,1861, at New York city; mustered in as private, Co. E, May 4, 1861, to serve two years; drowned, November 1,1861, at Hatteras Inlet, N. C.; also borne as Thomas M.

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