Maj. Thomas H. Bomar - Co. L

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Bomar, Thomas H.- Major. Capt. in Co L, 10/13/1861. Elected Major 7/2/1863. Commanded the 38th Regiment at the Battle of Monocacy. Captured at Cedar Creek, Va. 10/19/1864. Released at Fort Delaware, Del. July 24, 1865. Major Bomar took the oath of allegence and applied for a pardon once the war ended.
From A History of Central and Western Texas (Volume 1):

Major Thomas H. Bomar has become notable in Central and Western Texas for his work of many years in the development of the Toyah Valley and the Pecos country, and he is also prominent as a civil engineer. He was born near the city of Atlanta, Georgia, in 1842, and was educated in the Georgia Military Institute at Marietta. He left that institution to accept a captaincy of a battery of light artillery for service in the Confederate army at the time of the breaking out of the war between the north and the south, receiving his commission when but nineteen years of age. During all of the first part of the war he was retained in the artillery service. At the siege of Charleston, one of the most notable naval sieges of history, he had charge of a battery on Sullivan's Island and commanded what was at that time the heaviest siege gun in the world.

In May of 1864 he was transferred to the infantry service in the Army of Northern Virginia, under General Gordon. He participated in the raid across the river into Maryland, his command being in sight of Washington, but his most extended service in Virginia was in the Shenandoah Valley, and on going into that state he received his commission as major of the Thirty-eighth Georgia Infantry. He was captured at the battle of Cedar Creek, where, in command of the rear guard on the extreme left of General Gordon's line, he held the enemy in check until the greater part of the general's command had passed safely across the celebrated Stone Bridge.

Major Bomar was imprisoned at Fort Delaware, and when the war closed all of the Confederate troops in prison there were released with the exception of Major Bomar and sixteen others, who refused to take the oath of allegiance, this refusal being merely for the purpose of making it easier for them to carry out their cherished plan to join Maximilian's army in Mexico, but on learning of the untimely end of Maximilian's projects. Major Bomar and his comrades complied with the necessary requirements and were given their freedom from prison in August of 1865. General John B. Gordon, in an informal reception given him at the Pecos Valley Bank, Pecos, Texas, spoke of Major Bomar in the following highly complimentary manner: "There goes one of the bravest men I ever saw."

Returning from the war to Georgia, Major Bomar accepted a position as rod man with the surveyors on the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad, subsequently becoming instrument man and still later entering seriously into the engineering profession. For several years he was a civil engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, chiefly with the Western North Carolina Railroad Company, the Richmond and Danville, and latterly the Southern. He was in charge for a number of years of the intricate and costly work through the Blue Ridge Mountains at Round Knob. He also executed the engineering work on the noted Cumberland Gap tunnel on the Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and Louisville Railroad. This tunnel work has been notably successful, and in later years he has erected a tunnel in New Mexico for the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company, and received particular commendation for his splendid work. The latter made the thirteenth tunnel constructed under his supervision.

Major Bomar came to the Pecos valley in the winter of 1890-1, and as an engineer became connected with various irrigation projects that have had a successful development here, but his most important connection for several years has been with the irrigation possibilities of Toyah lake, of which he owns the larger portion of this remarkable body of water. And throughout his connection with this country he has in addition to his irrigation work been in the land business as a member of the Bomar Land Company. His name is almost synonymous with the development of the Toyah valley and the Pecos country generally, and with the growth and expansion of Pecos City, for which he sees a splendid future. In about the year of 1878, in connection with the Hon. Peter Cooper, he donated valuable property for the establishment of the Female College at Limestone Springs, South Carolina.

Major Bomar married Mary Wilson, from Morgantown, in North Carolina, a daughter of the Hon. James W. Wilson, the father of the railroad commission of that state and its first chairman. Major and Mrs.Bomar have an only child, a daughter. Miss Louie Bomar. The Bomar summer home is ten and a half miles south of Pecos, on the shore of the beautiful Toyah Lake.

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