Thomas J. Newton

1842 - 24 Mar 1864

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Thomas J. Newton

1842 - 24 Mar 1864
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Thomas J.  Newton was the eighth child and fifth son to Thomas and Eliza Newton of Carroll, Georgia. His older brothers Dr. Robert M. Newton and James M. Newton all served together in the Georgia 55th during the Civil War. Dr. Robert M. Newton was the doctor for their unit.  After contract

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Thomas J. Newton

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Confederate Mound

East 71st Street
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
United States

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Civil War
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Thomas Newton- Georgia 55th Age 22

Contributor: GraveHunter Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Thomas J.  Newton was the eighth child and fifth son to Thomas and Eliza Newton of Carroll, Georgia. His older brothers Dr. Robert M. Newton and James M. Newton all served together in the Georgia 55th during the Civil War.

Dr. Robert M. Newton was the doctor for their unit.  After contracting tuberculosis while serving his men, he got very ill and went home on furlough. As he began to heal, he was assigned the duty of working as an orderly at Andersonville.  

While Dr. Robert was home healing, his brothers James M. Newton and Thomas Newton were captured at Cumberland Gap, Tennessee in the late summer of 1863. James and Thomas were shipped North to Camp Douglass a notorious prisoner of war camp.  How interesting that all three brothers would end up in horrible P.O.W. camps.  Two being prisoners the other being the captor. 

Not much has been written in history books about notorious Camp Douglass.  It was far worse than Andersonville in that while those in charge of Andersonville, lacked the funds to properly take care of those interred there. On the other hand, at Camp Douglass, the funds were there as it was a Union camp.  However Col. Benjamin J. Sweet, the officer in charge chose to punish those who were in his charge by torturing them, and withholding food and rations. Over 8,000 men died in the camp of disease, dysentery, and starvation.  (scurvy) In fact the largest Confederate gravesite in North America is for the soldiers of Camp Douglass.  There is currently a monument on top of the site in Chicago at Oak Wood Cemetery.

Sadly, Thomas Newton was one of the statistics of the camp.  He was a young lad of 22 when he died of small pox. I often wonder how hard it must have been for his older brother, James to watch him die, and how his mother, Eliza could stand the thought of her young boy dying so far from their Georgia home; as she would never be able to embrace him again.- Written by Anna Young 3rd great neice.

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Died of Smallpox

Life timeline of Thomas J. Newton

1842
Thomas J. Newton was born in 1842
Thomas J. Newton was 17 years old when Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well. Petroleum is a naturally occurring, yellow-to-black liquid found in geological formations beneath the Earth's surface. It is commonly refined into various types of fuels. Components of petroleum are separated using a technique called fractional distillation, i.e. separation of a liquid mixture into fractions differing in boiling point by means of distillation, typically using a fractionating column.
Thomas J. Newton died on 24 Mar 1864 at the age of 22
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