Submitted by Sue Martin
Thomas Frasier was drafted into the 4th Georgia Cavalry along with a neighbor Joseph Ardis, but was not mustered in. He did not stay long enough to draw arms but did receive a pistol. He deserted the 4th Georgia Cavalry and joined the 1st Tennessee & Alabama Independent Vidette Cavalry Company A. and served as a Farrier. He was 28 years old when he enlisted 28 Aug 1863 and was discharged 16 June 1864. According to his military papers, he was described as being 6 feet tall, dark eyes, and dark complexion. Thomas shared a tent with his brother, Jonathan Frasier, Leonard Carden, John Lewis Carden and two other men.
After their discharge, many of the men he served with had to hide out in the mountains because of Bushwhackers, but Thomas went to Murphreesboro, Tennessee and stayed there "until the last battle was fought."
Thomas served with two of his brothers, Jonathan and John Frasier. John was taken prisoner at Hunts Mill, and died after being released in Annapolis, Maryland, 20 May 1864.
In November 1863 Captain Latham sent several of his soldiers on a scout. Included on this scout with Thomas was his brother Jonathan Frasier, Thomas Hall, and Jonathan Williams. While descending the mountain from Larkensville to Paint Rock, Ala,, Thomas' horse fell and pitched him forward onto the front of his saddle causing him an injury in the groin. On or about the 27th day of January 1864, they were sent on another scout across the Tennessee River. Thomas refused to go because of the pain from his recent injury. (a hernia caused by his horse falling) and was placed in the guard house. He was excused from this scout by General Smith who was in command at Larkensville at the time and he was immediately released from the guard house. Also in the latter part of January 1864, the Company was on service at Crow Creek near Stevenson. Thomas incurred a skin disease while guarding the Bridge there. The weather was severe and he was again greatly exposed to the cold, at which time he was seized with severe pain all over his body. The glands of his face became swollen and sore and he was quite sick until the swelling subsided, then the skin disease appeared.
After the war, in 1879, Thomas' horse threw him once again. This fall left him with two broken ribs. Shortly afterward he was treated for a severe case of pneumonia from which he made a good recovery. When Thomas entered the war, he was a most sound and healthy man. After his discharge his good health had lessened a great deal as did others who served with him.
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