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Name:James Walton Thomson
Affiliation:Class of 1864
Biography & Genealogy:James Walton Thomson, Class of 1864: Geneaology: Born- Oct. 28, 1843 in Berryville, Clarke Co. Va. Father- John A. Thomson; Mother- Mary Scott of Bedford Co. Va. Pat. Grandfather- Dr. John Thomson of Clarke Co. Va. Mat. Grandfather- Beverly R. Scott of Bedford Co. Va. No information on grandmothers. Never married, no children. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 31, 1860; Left after one year to join Confederate Army; Made Honorary Graduate of the Class of 1864. Civil War Record: Drill master for VMI Corps of Cadets in Richmond and Harper's Ferry in spring of 1861; volunteer Aide-de-Camp to then Brig. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at First Manassas; elected 1st Lieut. of Capt. J.W. Carter's Company in the Va. Horse Artillery around Nov. of 1861; promoted to Captain Mar. 20, 1864; promoted to Major March 1, 1865; Chief of Artillery on staff of then Brig. Gen. T.L. Rosser. Died- April 6, 1865. Killed in action at High Bridge leading the cavalry charge. When he was told he would probably be killed in battle he replied, "I don't care. The Confederacy is dying. I do not wish to survive the Confederacy." Buried first in Charlottesville, Va. Later moved to Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester.
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