Submitted by J. Platz
Photo by Dana
THOMAS F. JOHNSON
Thomas F. Johnson, b.
1846, died on 1906. Served in the 1st Tennessee Infantry,
Husband of Annie Corn & Mollie Greer. Buried at Frost
Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX
Thomas was from Franklin Co, TN.
In Feb, 1861, the men of Winchester (Franklin Co), unable to
join the Confederate Army (Tenn had not yet seceded), petitioned the
state of Tenn to be allowed to secede from Tenn and join Alabama,
which had already seceded.
They were turned down (duh), but the men formed a unit anyway,
went to VA, and offered their services to Robert E. Lee. They became
known as the 1st Tenn Infantry (not to be confused with a unit of
the same name in the Western theater), and served in every major
battle of the Eastern theater, including 1st Manassas, Sharpsburg,
Gaines' Mill, and Gettysburg.
Thomas' father, 1st Lt. Alfred H. Johnson, was commander of Co
C at Gettysburg, where the "Tennesseans", 1st and 7th Tenn
Inf, were the only units to breach the Federal lines during
Pickett's Charge (left flank).
While Alfred was away, Thomas ran away from home at 15 and
enlisted in Co. G, 17th Tenn Inf (1862), as a teamster, and served
at the battle of Chickamauga.
In 1864, Alfred asked that Thomas be transferred to his unit,
since was only 17, and had enlisted without his father's approval.
Gen Lee's Adjutant approved the transfer, noting that the
"reasons for the transfer were much better than those generally
Thomas was subsequently captured at Petersburg Apr 2, 1865 (1
week before the surrender at Appomattox), sent to the infamous
prison camp at Point Lookout, MD, and held until his release June
Thomas married Anna Corn in Franklin Co in 1868, had two
children (Emma Adeline, 1869, Annie, 1874). His wife died in 1875,
and shortly thereafter he and the children moved to Hill Co, TX,
where he was a farmer.
Emma Adeline (Addie) married a Navarro Co farmer (Henry
Keathley), so in his later years, Thomas moved in with Henry and
Addie in Frost, and is buried there. Curiously enough, Thomas is
buried about 100 ft from Henry Keathley's father, John Wesley, who
also served in a Tenn Confederate unit.
Biography submitted by Sandy
Keathley, 1st Lt Commander, North Texas Brigade, Texas
Photo of headstone submitted by Norman
Stubbs, Commander of J. L. Halbert Camp 359, SCV.