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Name:Francis Iselin Tomes
Affiliation:Class of 1867
Biography & Genealogy:Francis Iselin Tomes, Class of 1867. New Market Cadet (left on guard duty at VMI). Born- ca. 1847 in Nashville, Tenn. Father- Rev. Charles Tomes; Mother- Henrietta Coleman Otey. Pat. Grandfather- Francis Tomes. Mat. Grandfather- Rt. Rev. Janes Hervey Otey. No information on grandmothers. Never married, no children. Entered VMI- Jan. 15, 1864; Private in Co. C of the Corps of Cadets who fought in the Battle of New Market, though he himself did not fight in the Battle, but was on guard duty at the Institute; Served with the Corps in the trenches at Richmond, Va. until the cadets were given furlough on Dec. 10, 1864, from which he never returned. He sent a letter to the Institute on Dec. 19, 1864 requesting an extension of his furlough, but no more was heard from him after that. Died- 1866. According to his sister Margaret A. Tomes, he took a violent cold while digging trenches in Richmond which settled on his lungs. He went North just after the Surrender at Appomattox and died sometime that year at Canterbury-on-the Hudson; buried in family plot at Trinity Cemetery, New York, NY, 791 Westerly Division.
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