Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Colonel Thomas Pearson August.

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Thomas Pearson August.

Birth: Oct., 1821, Fredericksburg City.
Death: Jul. 31, 1869, Richmond City.
Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia

From the official records of the Confederate Army.

Col. T. P. August, Fifteenth Virginia Regiment, was wounded at  the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862. Before he had reported for duty after that wound he became the subject of a preexisting disease, which was exacerbated by active service, and which incapacitated him for service in the field. He was assigned in January, 1863, as commandant of conscripts for the State of North Carolina. He has been in the conscription service since that date, never having been at any time capable of field duty. His present condition is indicated by the accompanying surgeon's certificate. It has been his condition within my personal knowledge since November, 1863, the date of his assignment to duty in the Bureau at Richmond. I have regarded him as extremely liable to die at any moment from the effects of the disease which caused his assignment. He is not physically competent to one hour's service at the head of his regiment, and never will be. Colonel August is a lawyer of eminent ability and of high repute in the State of Virginia. He is an officer of distinguished gallantry,  shot down at the head of his regiment, leading them in an assault on the breastworks at Malvern Hill. 

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