Private Thomas Sylvester Rigdon
    (1824 - 02 SEP 1863)
    Georgia 49th Infantry Regiment
    Company F
    Army of Northern Virginia

      Military Record:

        Thomas joined the Irwin Volunteers on 22 MAR 1862. This company was under Captain Oliver Hugh Cooke and was organized as Company F of the 49th Georgia Volunteer Infantry.

        The regiment was formed at Camp Davis near Guyton, Georgia, and on 2 APR, 1862 they went via train to Goldsboro, NC. They were assigned to J. R. Anderson's Brigade, Department of North Carolina and this Brigade was made a part of A. P. Hill's Division, Army of Northern Virginia in May 1862. The regiment was under the command of Gen. Stonewall Jackson from June 1862 until his death on 10 MAY 1863. At that time, the regiment was transferred to the 3rd Corps, Pender's-Wilcox's Division.

        Henderson's Rosters of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, gives Thomas' death at 22 JUL 1862, but his wife, Rebecca Webb Rigdon stated in her pension application that Thomas died 02 SEP 1863 of Camp Fever at Huguenot Springs Hospital in Virginia.

        Based on this record, Thomas fought in the following battles:

          Hanover Court House, May 27, 1862
          Seven Pines, May 31st, 1862
          Mechanicsville, June 26th, 1862
          Cold Harbor, June 27th, 1862
          Savages' Station, June 29th, 1862
          Frazer's Farm, June 30th, 1862
          Malvern Hill, July 1st, 1862
          Cedar Run, August 9th, 1862
          Manassas, No. 2, August 29th and 30th, 1862
          Chantilly, September 1st, 1862
          Harper's Ferry, September 15th, 1862
          Shepherdstown, September 19th, 1862
          Fredericksburg, December 13th, 1862
          Chancellorsville, May 3d, 1863
          Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1st, 2d and 3d, 1863
          Williamsport, July 6, 1863


        Thomas was the son of Berry S. (1787) and Mary (Taylor) (1805) Rigdon. He was born in Appling County, GA. He married Rebecca Webb (Aug. 14, 1828), Dec. 18, 1845 in Camden County, GA. They had eight children:

          William (1847)
          Eliza A. (1850)
          Mary A. (1851)
          Berry S. (Apr. 12, 1852)
          Lydia Ann (Aug. 30, 1851)
          Martha Ann (Feb. 15, 1855)
          John A. (Feb. 15, 1858)
          Sarah A. (1860)

        The first four children were born in Appling County, GA. Lydia and Martha were born in Tift County, GA. John and Sarah were born in Irwin County, GA.

        The 1850 GA Census lists Thomas, his wife Rebecca (Webb) 24, and 1 daughter, Eliza A, age 1. He is also listed in the 1860 Irwin County, GA census.

        The 1850 census shows that Thomas had a 50 acre farm in Appling County, GA. Thomas moved from Appling County to Irwin County about 1855 and settled in the present Chula district, a section of Irwin cut into Tift County in 1905. He was a member of the Irwin County Grand Jury in the April term 1858. He bought a farm and lived there until shortly before his death. The 1860 Irwin County, GA census shows the family there. His widow reared the children to maturity and lived on the home place until her death May 1, 1899. She was buried at Zion Hope Church, Tift County.

        Zion Hope Church was founded in 1859, thirteen years before Tifton was settled. The first services were held in a log building on land given by Thomas. Today, Zion Hope Baptist Church is a thriving Southern Baptist Church on a beautiful site overlooking two lakes. Ed Rigdon owns 250 acres of the old homesite northeast of the church property. The farm today is primarily part of the Georgia Agricultural Experimental Station just north of Tifton and there is a large billboard type sign near the Agrirama which says, "Rigdon Farm - State of GA Experimental Station". The state has recreated an old 1800's style homestead and visitors can see just what if was like for Thomas and Rebecca to live and work the old homestead. The Agrirama is located right on Interstate 75 north of Tifton and the farm stretches several miles north of there.

        Compatriot John Rigdon is the great-great-great grandson of Thomas Rigdon through his son, William.

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