The Thompsons: Brothers In Blue & Gray
The Thompson brothers were my great, great grand uncles. James J. and John W. were the sons of Samuel and Sarah Thompson who migrated from Buncombe County, North Carolina to Gilmer County, Georgia in the late 1830s and settled in the Cartecay community.
After the War Between the States began, both brothers served
in Co. ‘A’ 65th
In the spring of 1864, perhaps tempted by Yankee bounty or fearing that the Confederate Cause was lost, the brothers deserted and joined the Union Army. [This information is supported by family descendants, and in the book The Annals of Upper Georgia Centered in Gilmer County by George Gordon Ward page 611].
Thompson, James J. -- Enlisted
in Infantry Battalion, Smith’s
Volunteers May 15, 1862. Appointed 3rd Sergeant.
Co. ‘A’ 65th
March 1863. Deserted at
Thompson, John W. --
Private in Infantry Battalion, Smith’s
Volunteers, May 15, 1862.
furloughed for 40 days January 17, 1864. Supposed to
be with the enemy.”
James was born September 24, 1833 in Buncombe County, NC. Around 1860 he married Lydia Teague in Gilmer
John was born April 4, 1844 in Gilmer Co.,
John W. Thompson (Gravesite)
During the War Between the States, the Thompson brothers
served in Co. ‘A’ 65th