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 in Alabama, when General Polk recommended that he be appointed a colonel and assigned to the cavalry brigade of General Clanton. A regiment of reserves was formed and Thomas put in command. This command was extended, and on August 14, 1864, he was commissioned brigadier-general. He commanded a brigade of Alabama reserves under General Withers, consisting of the First, Second and Third Alabama reserves, afterward called the Sixty-first, Sixty-second and Sixty-third Alabama regiments, of the Confederate States provisional army, also the Seventh Alabama cavalry, Abbey's Mississippi battery, Wade's Louisiana battery and Winston's Tennessee battery. General Thomas served in the department commanded by Gen. Dabney H. Maury and Gen. Richard Taylor until the close of the war, and participated in the defense of Spanish Fort and Blakely. After peace he returned to Georgia and engaged in the business of planting in Dooly county until 1887. Then he moved to Dalton, where he adopted the profession of a teacher.
Brigadier-General Edward Lloyd Thomas was born in Clark county, Ga., a lineal descendant of the famous Thomas and Lloyd families of Maryland. His grandfather moved from Maryland to Virginia and later to Georgia, having with him a young son, whose Christian name was Edward Lloyd. This son grew up to be an influential and useful man in his adopted State, and a devout Christian, and he and his noble wife were blessed with a number of children, all of whom became prominent in their native State. The youngest son received his father's full name. After receiving an academic education he attended Emory college, where he graduated with distinction in the class of 1846. In 1847 he enlisted as a private in one of the Georgia regiments that went to the Mexican war, that training school for so many young men who afterward rose to distinction in both the
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