Today’s military post is about my 3rd Great- Grand Father, Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT. He was born on February 24, 1826 in Georgia, USA. He was the 1st of 3 children to Matthew MCCRIGHT & Charity NICHOLS. Below are copies of letters that Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT wrote to his family while a POW at Camp Douglas, a Prisoner of War camp in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT was a part of the “Peace Party” movement that occurred in Wise County in the summer of 1862. The Peace Party was an organization of men made up by union sympathizers, prominent citizens and men of high morals. Their objective was to take over the confederate forces stationed in this area, but the Confederate Army got wind of the plan. The Peace Party concluded with one hundred and fifty men tried and five men convicted and punished by hanging in a clearing west of Decatur. Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT decided to join the Confederate Army rather than risk being put to death as a member of the “Peace Party”. Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT believed that by joining the Confederate Army he stood a better chance of returning home to his family. It was with the help of John H. MANN, Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT’s brother-in-law, that he came to his decision to join the confederacy.
He joined the Confederate States Army on August 26, 1862 in Decatur, Wise County, Texas, USA and served in Company K of the 15th Regiment of the Texas Cavalry with the rank of Private. He was captured by the Union as a prisoner of war at Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, Arkansas on January 11, 1863. He died at Camp Douglas, a Prisoner of War camp in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA on April 7, 1863.
Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT married Mary Elizabeth MANN (daughter of John MANN & Delilah WOODY) on September 15, 1826 in Roane County, Tennessee, USA.
Thomas Newton MCCRIGHT & Mary Elizabeth MANN had the following children:
- John M. MCCRIGHT (1851-1879)
- Quinton A. MCCRIGHT (1852-1852)
- William Jasper MCCRIGHT (1854-1895)
- Christopher Columbus MCCRIGHT (1855-1899)
- Owen Davis MCCRIGHT (1856-1887)
- Matthew Ambers MCCRIGHT (1858-1917)
- Doctor Washington MCCRIGHT (1860-1912)
- Charity Emeline MCCRIGHT (1861-1938)
- Thomas Houston MCCRIGHT (1862-1936)
Jason Wayne Crews © 2013 Genealogy Sphere
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