"From Henry County to Gettysburg; From Gettysburg to Henry County"
'Insult to Injury'
This is the information of Thomas Allen White b. April 23, 1830, Henry Co. GA
d. July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. He married Mary Ann "Polly" Young in Henry
County on March 15, 1853. She was b. June 23, 1840 in Henry Co. GA and d.
June 30, 1911 in Louisiana.
The following information from the Southern Claims Commission shows the following.
Thomas Allen White volunteered on May 7, 1862 in Co. K 22nd Regt. GA Vol Inf.
This was part of the Army of Northern, Virginia CSA as the "Henry Volunteers" containing 136 men
from Clayton and Henry Counties. This company was under
the command of Brig. Gen. Ambrose R. Wright which which served under General
Richard H. Anderson at Gettysburg. Thomas Allen White died on July 3, 1863 in the attempt to take
Cemetery Hill. This was known as "Picketts Charge." His grave is unknown at the Gettysburg
Naitonal Cemetery. At this battle just over the hill from
where Private White died was the command of Gen. John W. Geary USA.
Then according to the records of the Commission which had barred the claim of Mary White for her
losses to foraging (file # 4313) due to the fact her husband served in the CSA army. Mary White
filed the following petition on July 19, 1871. She recorded that in October 1864 General John W.
Geary USA came to raid her farm and took $260.00 worth of goods from her farm with no pay.
Gen. Geary was camped at the Flat Shoals area of Flat Rock for 1-3 days. He came to her home in
the Brushy Knob District to take the above amound of goods. She gave her Post Office address as
The interesting thing here is that her husband fought just over the hill from General Geary and died
there. Then fifteen months later Gen. Geary USA raided Mr. White's home hundreds of miles to the
south in Henry County, GA. And Mary White didn't even know that this Union officer had been near
where her husband died.
1. O.R. Records Washington DC.
2. Atlas of the Civil War.
3. The White Family, 1989, Middlebrooks.
4. Gettysburg, 1985. T.L.
5. Southern Claims Commission Documents 1871.