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Thomas W. Hill

THOMAS W. HILL, farmer, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia, son of Lodowick M. and Nancy (Johnson) Hill, was born in Wilkes County June 17 (the anniversary of the battle of Bunker Hill), 1839.

His boyhood and youth were spent on the plantation, meanwhile attending the best schools the county afforded. When nineteen years of age he went to Furman university, Greenville, South Carolina, which he attended two years, and then returned home and busied himself on the plantation until the war between the states was precipitated.

Going to Coweta County, Georgia., he enlisted in a company under command of Capt. John Hill, which was assigned to Phillips' legion and ordered to Virginia, reaching there just after the seven days' fight. He participated in the battles of Culpeper Court House, Appomattox Court House, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. Having been with Gens. Stuart, Hampton and Butler, he was engaged in many minor battles and scores of skirmishes. During his service he was so conspicuous for his daring and courage that he was many times specially complimented. On one occasion Col. Rich, Mr. Hil1's regimental commander, presented him and one of his comrades with a very fine pistol as a mark of his appreciation of their bravery. On another occasion, after the war, at a supper given by Judge (ex-congressman) Hugh Buchanan to Mr. Hill's daughter, the judge referred to Mr. Hill as a second Marshal Ney, certainly a very high compliment from such a source. About the time of the surrender he was in North Carolina, and managed to get home without surrendering. His intention was to join the western army, but just as he was ready to start he heard it had surrendered. He remained awhile on his father's plantation, Superintending that, then went to his own, where he has since remained. Mr. Hill is a member of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in his section of the state, and worthily shares the distinction.

Mr. Hill was married in 1869, and to him have been born ten children, eight of whom are living.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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