Webb’s in the Military

Encompassing the following recognized conflicts, among others : Wayne’s War, 1790-1794; French War, 1799; War of 1812, 18 June 1812 – 17 February 1815; Seminole War, 1817-1818; Black Hawk War, 1832; Creek War, 1836-1837; Florida War, 1835-1842; Canada Frontier Disturbances, 1838-1839; Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion; Cherokee Removal, 1838; Mexican War, 1846-1848; Civil War, April 1861- April 1865. Including Officers and Enlisted soldiers of the Militia, Volunteer and Regular Army, Officers & Sailors of the Navy, and Marines in the Marine Corps.


Compiled by Jonathan Webb Deiss, ©2003, 2004. www.webbdeiss.org





Private T. H. Webb : Smith’s Company, Texas Mounted Volunteers (Mexican War)


T. H. Webb : This man’s name is on the ‘San Jacinto List’ in Captain Gallaspy’s Company Colonel Sherman’s Command.


(Soldier) Theodoric Webb : Theodoric was born circa 1753. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, while a resident of St. David’s Parish, South Carolina under Captain Robert Lide. He married, Jane (nee ?), and had a family of at least two children, Priscilla and James. He died 19 March 1801 in York County, South Carolina.


(Soldier) Theodorick Webb : Theodorick was born circa 1749. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, while a resident of Amherst County, Virginia under Captain Robert Lide. He married, Sarah Huff in Amherst County circa 1770, and had a family of at least one child, named Creed. He died circa 1807 in Franklin County, Virginia.


Private Theodorick F. Webb : He entered the service May 1861 at Rockymount to Company A, 37th Virginia Battalion of Cavalry, discharged 9 April 1865 at surrender of Lee at Appomattox, he was never wounded, he was a Volunteer (not drafted), 80 years of age (in 1914 or 1916), widower, light complexion, 5’ 10” tall, occupation farmer; Roanoke, Virginia; received $28.80, warrant #2635; 79 years old in 1913, born in Franklin County, Virginia; served Company A, 37th Virginia Battalion of Cavalry; Colonel William E. Dunn, Captain Geo. F. Williams; entered service at Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia in 1861; left service on April 1864 at Cheat Mountain on account of being ruptured was sent home by medical board; currently resides in Roanoke City, in Roanoka County; occupation – driving for a living, farming; drives a dray and take milk to creamery; annual income $100; he owns no property; he states he is disabled “old age and infirmity and none except being ruptured as above statd. Have to wear a truss all of the time which prevents physical labor.”; totally disabled as can do no labor. Is he the son of Creed Webb, and the grandson of Theodorick Webb (the Patriot)? He applied to be in the Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldier’s Home but was rejected because he could not explain an ‘absence without leave’ from 31 October 1864 until close of war, and the War Department claims he enlisted 10 February 1863 instead of May 1861.


1850 Federal Census. Franklin County, Virginia

218/914, Creed F. Webb, 47, Male, White, Farmer, 4850, Virginia

218/914, Mahala Webb, 44, Female, White, na, na, Virginia

218/914, Maria I. Webb, 17, Female, White, na, na, Virginia

218/914, Mary S. Webb, 16, Female, White, na, na, Virginia

218/914, Benjamin Webb, 11, Male, White, na, na, Virginia

218/914, Theodorick Webb, 8, Male, White, na, na, Virginia

218/914, Thomas Webb, 4, Male, White, na, na, Virginia

218/914, John Webb, 18, Male, White, na, na, Virginia


Drummer Thomas Webb : He was born 17 November 1746 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He served in the Revolutionary War as a Drummer in Captain White’s Company, Captain Ward’s Company, & Captain Nash’s Company, commanded by Colonel Lovell and Colonel Cushing. He was married to Jane Reed and they had at least one daughter, named Mary. Thomas died 13 November 1827 in Weymouth.


Private Thomas Webb : Private Thomas Webb : He served in Captain Marston’s Company, 5th Regiment United States Infantry (regulars).   He enlisted 28 June 1812 for a term of five years in the War with Great Britain. At discharge he was described as having served faithfully, 26 years old, 5' 6" tall, light complexion, brown hair, brown eyes, born in Tyrone, Ireland, occupation chandler.   He was discharged 29 June 1817 at Detriot, Michigan Territory. He applied for and received a bounty land warrant under the ScripWarrant Act of 1812 (#12954) for 160 acres which he located in Section 15, Township 7 N Range 7 W in Hancock County, Territory of Illinois.


Private Thomas Webb : He was enrolled under Captain John Meguire, in the Sixth Company (...?), detached from the Chowan County North Carolina Militia during the War of 1812.


Private Thomas Webb : He served during the War of 1812 in Captain Brown’s Company, 22nd Regiment United States Infantry (regulars). He applied for and received a bounty land warrant (23 October 1814) under the ScripWarrant Act of 1812 (#3185) for 160 acres which he located in Section 23, Township 2 N Range in the Territory of Illinois.


Private Thomas Webb : He served during the War of 1812 in Captain Hook’s Company, 38th Regiment United States Infantry. He applied for and received a bounty land warrant, 14 May 1818, under the ScripWarrant Act of 1812 (#1680) which he located in Section 29, Township 2 N Range 6 W in the Territory of Illinois.


Thomas Webb : He arrived by ship at the port of Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia on 19 February 1847; age 40 years, gender male, occupation Naval officer.


Musician Thomas Webb : His name appears with the rank of Musician on a muster roll of Captain Charles R. Hamblet's Company of Infantry in the Detachment of drafted Militia of Maine, called into actual service by the State, for the protection of its Northeastern Frontier, from the twentieth day of February, 1839, the time of its rendezvous at Bangor, Maine, to the twenty-fifth day of April, 1839, when discharged or mustered.


Corporal Thomas Webb : Thomas Webb, aged 21 years, joined for duty and was enrolled on 21 September 1847 at Indianapolis, Indiana to Captain McDougall’s Company (F), 5th Regiment Indiana Infantry; transferred to 4 Ind Regt, 14 December 1847; mustered out 28 July 1848 at Madison, Indiana (from 5th Regt), pay due from enrollment, transferred to Captain Lanum’s Company, 4 Ind Regt Vol on 12 December 1847 by order Brig Gen Lane; returns dated December 1847 ‘rec’d by transfer Dec 13’; muster roll (4th Regt) 30 April 1848 disposition not stated; muster roll (4th Regt) 31 October 1847 thru 29 February 1848 disposition not stated, pay due from 31 October 1847; muster out roll (listed as age 18), mustered out 16 July 1848 at Madison, Indiana, last paid to 29 February 1848, advanced $1.40 in clothing, paid as Corporal to 13 December 1847, paid $21.00 for clothing for 6 months, stop 1 pr shoes $1.16, pr socks $.24.


Marion County. Mustered in 1 Oct 1847, at Madison, Indiana, by Major Morrison, transferred to 4th Regiment, Company D, 14 Dec 1847, mustered out 16 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by Major H. A. Goff.   Served in the same unit, Company D, as Richard Webb, presumably his brother.


His widow, Anna F. Webb, applied for a pension 7 April 1890 from Indiana (widow8889).


1850 Federal Census. Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana

116/116, Richard Webb, 24, Male, White, Farmer, 2500, Kentucky

116/116, Thomas Webb, 22, Male, White, Farmer, 2500, Kentucky


Sergeant-Major Thomas Webb : Thomas Webb was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, although he also stated that his birthplace was Utica, New York, anywhere from sometime in 1824 until 1829. His recorded age as well as his place of birth varies widely. In a letter to the Pension office in 1884, he stated, “I am sixty years of age, having been born in England not known day of February 1824 or 1825.” He later gave his date of birth as 27 February 1829 and stuck to that date until he died, when it is listed as his birth date in his obituary.


Perhaps he gave his birthplace as New York to disguise the fact that he was not an American citizen because he feared being discharged for being an ‘alien’, but this is not likely since thousands of foreigners were enlisted during the Mexican War. It could have also been a transcription error in the record. According to a note in his obituary, he relocated to America when he was about 15 years old (1839 – 1844). Then he moved to Franklin County, Kentucky, where he worked as a clockmaker, his professed occupation when he joined the army in 1847 .


The report of the first skirmish with the Mexicans was received in Washington, DC on 9 May 1846 and on the 13th President James K. Polk sent a requisition to the states for 26 regiments of infantry and cavalry. One week later, Thomas patriotically joined and was enrolled as a Private soldier on 20 May 1846 near Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky and in June was mustered in at Oakland Race Course to Captain Franklin Chamber’s Company (B), Colonel William R. McKee’s (2nd) Regiment Kentucky Foot Infantry Volunteers for a term of one year in the War with Mexico. Chamber’s Company had been recruited in and around Frankfort. Colonel W. R. McKee was a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, circa 1828, a veteran officer in the artillery and a resident of Lexington, Kentucky.


At enlistment Thomas was entitled to receive upfront the whole of his yearly clothing allowance of $42.00, and a monthly salary of $7.00, one dollar of which was reserved to be awarded upon receiving an honorable discharge. After arriving in Mexico, they drilled at least six hours a day under General Zachary Taylor’s orders. Colonel McKee and Lieutenant Colonel Henry Clay Jr. applied their superior skills as soldiers to refine the training of the volunteers to match that of the regulars. Thomas stated that his unit landed at Brazos Santiago and for the next six months or more were at Camargo, Monterey and Saltillo.


Thomas was engaged against the enemy at the Battle of Buena Vista, on 22-23 February 1847, where he was noted for ‘bravery on the field’, and his entire company was commended for its service, losing four men killed by the Mexicans. The Regiment lost its commanders McKee & Clay in the battle also. Thomas survived without any significant wound and his unit served with noted distinction in the only major battle, dubbed ‘the most desperate of the war’, in which they took an active role. The Kentucky men were contemporaneously mentioned in several reports & newspaper articles, and later in memoirs for their actions in the Mexican desert. Buena Vista was a shining moment for the volunteers in the war and the state units were credited as carrying the day.   He was mustered out and honorably discharged on 9 June 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, then returned home to Kentucky. The veterans were received by their families and neighbors as heroes. Thomas does not appear to have any relationship to Private James L. Webb of Captain Speed Fry’s Company (D) of the 2nd Kentucky Foot, which was recruited in Danville, Kentucky.


After seeing the face of battle and returning home, he patriotically chose to reenlist in the Regular Army. He was eligible to receive the three months extra pay ($21.00) available to those who reenlisted within one month of discharge but never received the pay courtesy of some bureaucratic error. However he probably did receive the $12.00 bounty for reenlistment authorized by Congress in January 1847; $6 to be paid at enlistment, and the rest at muster-in. He was described as being 21 years old, born in Utica, New York, as having blue eyes, light hair, a fair complexion, stood 5’ 9” tall, and was by occupation a clockmaker, when he enrolled on 8 July 1847 at Louisville, Kentucky to Captain Gatler for the duration of the War with Mexico, or one year. He reenlisted and returned to duty two months before his dead comrade’s bodies could be exhumed from their rough burials in Mexico and returned to Kentucky, where they were reinterred in the State ground at Frankfort on 16 September 1847. Before returning to the seat of war, he was given the rank of Sergeant Major of a detachment of unassigned recruits at Newport Barracks, Kentucky. He held this rank while accompanying the recruits to Mexico.


Once back in Mexico, he was assigned to Light Battery I, 1st Regiment United States Artillery (regulars), commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin K. Pierce, where he was given the rank of Lance Corporal.   Battery I had a prestigious lineage, able to trace its formation to 1798 and the Regiment was formed from the remnants of the only artillery company to survive the dissolution of the Army. Thomas joined in time to serve with Light Battery I at the battles at Contreras & Churubusco, Mexico on 19 – 20 August 1847, at the battle of Molino del Rey, Mexico on 8 September 1847, and at the battle of Chapultepec & the siege and capitulation of the City of Mexico from 12 – 14 September 1847.


After the war he was honorably discharged on 30 August 1848 by reason of expiration of term of service in the Hospital at New Orleans while the rest of his unit was discharged at Governor’s Island, in the Harbor of New York City, New York. Thomas stated that this occurred, “...while lying at Vera Cruz waiting for shipment to New Orleans in ’48. While at Jalapa, on our homeway’s march, I had contracted chronic diarrhea that for six months thereafter stuck to me tighter than any brother...”, he concluded, “The result was – on my arrival at New Orleans, I was compelled to go to the hospital there from which place I was discharged instead of being carried around to New York and discharged then as the orders were.” In addition to some amount of accrued pay he was eligible under the act of Congress of 11 February 1847 to obtain a Bounty Land Warrant, redeemable for 160 acres of Federal land.


Thomas again enlisted for a second term with the Regulars, which was his third term including his one year stint with the Kentucky volunteers, probably soon after he had spent all of his accrued pay. His descriptive list entry states he was aged 22 years, listed as having stood 5’ 5½” tall, by occupation a soldier when he re-enlisted 23 October 1848 at Detroit, Michigan to Captain Snyder for a term of five years. He was assigned to Company F, 5th Regiment United States Infantry (regulars), commanded by Colonel George M. Brooke. The 5th Regiment occupied several Forts on the Texas frontier during Webb’s term of service, although orders penned in New York on 15 September 1849 promoted him to Corporal effective 4 September, with a pay raise to $9.00 per month. Orders originating in New York may have indicated that he was on Recruiting Duty there.


In November 1850 he was a member of the Permanent Party stationed at Newport Barracks, in Campbell County, Kentucky when Captain N. C. Macrae, Commander of the Recruiting Depot, promoted him from Corporal & Lance Sergeant to full Sergeant, effective 1 November 1850.


On 2 September 1850 (or 1858) he applied his Bounty Land Warrant (#1422) for a 160 acre claim in the NW Part and perhaps another 160 acres in the NE Part of Section 27, Township 26 north range 7 east (Florence Township), Stephenson County, in far northern Illinois on the border with Wisconsin, then apparently returned to the army. He was honorably discharged 25 October 1853 by reason of expiration of term of service at Camp Worth (Fort Worth, Tarrant County?), Texas.


He enlisted for a third term; described as 27 years old, for the first time revealing that his place of birth was Lancashire, England, had blue eyes, light hair, a fair complexion, stood 5’ 8¾”, and was by occupation a veteran soldier when he re-enlisted 4 April 1854 at New York to First Lieutenant Thomas W. Sweeney for a term of five years. He was assigned to Company I, 2nd Regiment United States Infantry (regulars). The 2nd Regiment, commanded by Colonel Ethan A. Hitchcock, occupied frontier posts along the Missouri River and as far west as Fort Kearny. After regulations changed to allow it, he attempted to become an officer in 1854, by application to the War Department for an examination. Colonel Hitchcock denied Thomas’ request on the grounds that it would injure rather than help him and would not benefit the service. His company commander, Captain Davidson remarked, a bit more complimentarily, when he described Webb’s conduct as a Corporal as “...irreproachable both as a gentleman and a soldier.” He went on to add that although the Corporal was a “worthy man” he does not “manifest the qualities and information deemed necessary as the qualifications of an officer.” Thomas was encouraged to apply for a non-commissioned position and was promoted to First Sergeant (a rank he called Ordnance Sergeant). This rank entitled him to wear three chevrons on his upper sleeve & a veteran’s chevron on his lower sleeve outlined in red to signify his war service, carry the Model 1840 non-com’s sword, receive a pay raise to $16.00 per month, have his own segregated room in the company barracks, and for all practical purposes was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. The company Captain and the enlisted men looked to the First Sergeant for an example of discipline, steadiness & coolness under fire, as a source practical logistical knowledge of the inner workings of the Army, and as a wet nurse and spiritual father.


In the summer of 1855 he helped build Fort Pierre. He was honorably discharged on 4 April 1859 at Fort Randall, Dakota Territory.


He returned to his 320 acre farm in Stephenson County and commenced to start his civilian life. On 9 November 1859 he married Laura M. Washburn, daughter of Amos Washburn and Mariah Lane; the service was performed in the Episcopal Church by J. C. Stoughton, M.E.E.C. Laura was born 8 January 1836 in Newark, Ohio and the Washburn’s had recently moved to Stephenson County from Harlem Township, Delaware County, Ohio. Thomas & Laura reared a family of two boys and two girls; Arthur was born about 1861, then Alice the next year, Albert was born about 1865 and Mabel was born in 1871.


In 1860 Thomas owned $6400.00 in real estate and $3500.00 in personal property and lived in the vicinity of his in-laws. When the Civil War broke out in April 1861, Thomas was quite busy trying to run his farm. Less than two years out of the Army, and thirteen years of tough, frontier duty behind him, he was far too preoccupied with his wife, new son, and mortgaged farm to be overly concerned with the war but he nonetheless did his duty. He helped to organize a company and drilled it until it shipped off to Springfield for its rendezvous in August 1861, and in 1864 he put his name in for the draft, although exempt. His name was selected and he put forth $1000.00 (courtesy of another mortgage) to pay for a substitute to serve in his place. He would later admit that he was sure that had he gone to the fight, he would have been killed and buried on some unknown battlefield – and as glad for not going and felt like he did his fair share for the Union.


In 1865 the Illinois State Census shows he owned $500 in livestock, produced $350 in grain products; by 1870 this had been reduced significantly to $1900.00 in real estate and only $500.00 in personal property. In 1880 he was a ‘retired farmer’ and lived with his family, including 19 year old Arthur who worked as a Bank Clerk, on Locust Street in Freeport City, Stephenson County, Illinois. Albert soon attended college in Pennsylvania, studying dentistry. Dr. Albert Webb later traveled to Europe and ended up as dentist to Kind Victor Emmanuel of Italy and the royal family in Rome, who made him a Knight of the Crown of Montenegro.


He applied for a pension on or about 14 June 1884 (Old War IAR22654) and a pension specific to service in the Mexican War on 8 August 1887 from Illinois (s15758 & sc11749); later his widow, Laura M. Webb applied on 24 February 1910 from Illinois (widow19500 & wc15464). Thomas died at his home on Pleasant Street in Freeport, Illinois on 2 February 1910 of a cerebral clot, aged 80 years, 11 months, 5 days and was buried in Oakland Cemetery. Laura died 31 January 1915.


Most notable is the fact that he gave his place of birth as Utica, New York instead of Lancashire, England in his first two enlistments in the Regular Army; muster rolls however indicate that he is the same Thomas Webb that served in Company F, 5th US Infantry and served three terms in the regulars and one in the volunteers.


1860 Federal Census. Town of Florence (Freeport PO), Stephenson County, Illinois

Page, Dwelling/Family, Names, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value, Born, Remark

3144/3019, Amos Washburn, 52, Male, White, Farmer, 4800/1000, New York

3144/3019, Maria Washburn, 44, Female, White, na, na, Maine

3144/3019, John Washburn, 20, Male, White, na, na, Ohio

3144/3019, John Smith, 19, Male, White, Farmer, na, Pennsylvania


3149/3024, Thos Webb, 32, Male, White, Farmer, 6400/3500, England

3149/3024, Laura Webb, 24, Female, White, na, na, Ohio


1865 Illinois State Census.


1870 Federal Census. Freeport, Ward Two, Stephenson County, Illinois

Page, Dwelling/Family, Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value (Real/Pers), Born

71/77, Thomas Webb, 41, Male, White, Farmer, 1900/500, England, foreign born parents, citizen >21

71/77, Laura Webb, 34, Female, White, Keeps house, na, Ohio

71/77, Arthur Webb, 9, Male, White, na, na, Illinois, foreign born father, in school

71/77, Alice Webb, 8, Female, White, na, na, Illinois, foreign born father, in school

71/77, Albert Webb, 5, Male, White, na, na, Illinois, foreign born father


1880 Federal Census. Freeport City (EnumDist174), Stephenson County, Illinois

Page, Dwelling/Family, Name, Color, Sex, Age, Relation, Marital Stat, Occupation, School, Born, Father born, Mother born

Locust St, 24/26, Thomas Webb, White, Male, 51, Married, Retired Farmer, England, England, England

Locust St, 24/26, Laura Webb, White, Female, 44, Wife, Married, Keeping house, Ohio, New York, Maine

Locust St, 24/26, Arthur Webb, White, Male, 19, Single, Bank Clerk, Illinois, England, Ohio

Locust St, 24/26, Alice Webb, White, Female, 17, Daughter, Single, At home, Illinois, England, Ohio

Locust St, 24/26, Albert Webb, White, Male, 14, Son, Single, At school, Illinois, England, Ohio

Locust St, 24/26, Mabel Webb, White, Female, 9, Daughter, At school, Illinois, England, Ohio


Frank Fager

Frank Fager, who has been ill with tuberculosis for the past eight weeks, passed away at the home of O.P. Webb, 165 Locust street, this forenoon at 10 o'clock. He had been making his home there during his illness. Deceased was born in this part of the state and was thirty years of age on the second of December. He had lived in Freeport for a number of years. He is survived by his wife who was formerly May Webb, and one son, Arthur. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fager of this city, two brothers, Walter and Merle and one sister. The funeral will probably be held on Wednesday afternoon, The services will be held in the United Brethren church and interment will be in the city cemetery.

Scrapbook Clipping - dated April 7, 1913


Private Thomas Webb : Webb, aged 22 years, born in Cork, Ireland, was described as having blue eyes, brown hair, a florid complexion, stood 5’ 8½” tall and was by occupation a laborer when he enlisted 19 December 1848 at St. Louis, Missouri to Captain Wetmore for a term of (?). He was assigned to Company D, 6th Regiment United States infantry (regulars), and deserted 14 March 1849.


Private Thomas Webb : Thomas, aged only 15 years, born on New York City, New York, was described as having blue eyes, light hair, a fair complexion, stood 5’ 7” tall and was by occupation a bookbinder when he enlisted on 8 January 1855 at New York City to First Lieutenant Richard B. Garnett for a term of five years. He was not assigned. He was discharged 17 July 1855 by order of the Adjutant General’s Office at Fort Columbus, New York (learning music?).


Sergeant Thomas Webb : Webb, aged 24 years, born Kildare, Ireland, was described as standing 5’ 8½” tall, with blue eyes, brown hair, a dark complexion, and was by occupation a laborer when he enlisted 9 January 1839 to Lieutenant Allen at New Orleans, Louisiana for a term of five years. He was assigned to Company K, 4th Regiment United States Infantry (regulars). He was discharged 3 January 1844 by reason of expiration of term of service at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri – P.O. May20/51.


Private Thomas Webb :


Colonel Thomas Webb : Commander(?) of Marion County Indiana Militia (Civil War?)


Private Thomas Webb, Jr. : He was killed 23 June 1864 while serving in the 59th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry, during the Civil War.


Assistant Naval Constructor Thomas E. Webb : He served during the Civil War in Naval Construction, United States Navy with the position of Assistant Naval Constructor, 27 February 1865. He was appointed to the rank of full Naval Constructor, 17 July 1868.


Private Thomas E. Webb : Thomas, aged 27 years, born in Maine, a resident of Oak Grove, Anoka County, Minnesota enlisted 13 August 1862 and was assigned to Company A, 8th Regimnet Minnesota Infantry Volunteers. He was discharged on 11 July 1865.


Private Thomas J. Webb : Company H, Mounted Regiment Arkansas Infantry - could be Private T. J. Webb : noted on a detachment roll of ‘American Soldiers Late Prisoners in Mexico’; joined and enrolled 25 June 1846 at Washington, Arkansas for 1 year; mustered in 1 October 1847 at New Orleans’s Louisiana, when taken prisoner not stated. Perhaps he is the same man, Thomas J. Webb, who applied 11 March 1887 from Arkansas for a pension (s6798)? He was in the First Regiment Arkansas Cavalry during the Mexican War, when he was captured with his unit at Hacienda Encarnacion, 23 January 1847 by an overwhelming force of Mexican soldiers. The Mexican demanded the Americans to surrender which they did under terms. He was held with others at the Castle of St. Jago in the suburbs of Mexico City.


He was born in 1821 near Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent the first fifteen years of his life. His father was Kendall Webb, a native of Maryland, who relocated to Tennessee where he met and married, Mary Dugal, a native of Pennsylvania who died in 1834. Goodspeed wrote favorably of Webb, “He was captured previous to the battle of Buena Vista, and taken on foot to the City of Mexico, a distance of 1,000 miles, where he was held a prisoner six months. In 1852 he crossed the plains to California, where he remained until 1883, engaged in mining and farming. During the late war he served three years and one month in Company L, First California Cavalry, being engaged the greater part of the time in fighting the Indians in Arizona. He had charge of supply stations several times.”


He enlisted 14 April 1863 and mustered in 1 May 1863 to Company L, 1st Regiment California Cavalry. He was mustered out 14 April 1866 at San Francisco, California. He applied for and received a pension 28 June 1880 (invalid390054/313704).


Private Thomas J. Webb : Thomas was born 22 February 1846. He enlisted 25 February 1864, aged 18 years, a resident of Delaware County, Iowa, and mustered in to the 3rd Regiment Iowa Artillery. He was mustered out 23 October 1865 at Davenport, Scott County, Iowa and later joined the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 159. Thomas died 14 October 1919 and was buried in Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden, Sioux County, Iowa.


Private Thomas J. Webb : Thomas, a resident of Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, served during the Civil War in Company C, 3rd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry CSA and Company H, 4th Regiment Louisiana Cavalry CSA. He was a Prisoner of War, and paroled 12 June 1865 at Monroe, Louisiana by the Union forces.


Assistant Surgeon Thomas J. Webb : He served during the Civil War in the 7th Regiment Tennessee Infantry CSA, as Hospital Steward in February 1863, then later promoted to Assistant Surgeon 10 March 1864.


Mate Thomas M. Webb : He served during the Civil War in the United States Navy with the rank of Mate, 5 September 1863. His appointment was revoked on account of sickness, 24 October 1863.


Second Lieutenant Thomas R. Webb : Thomas enlisted 17 January 1836, as a Private soldier, to Captain Sterling C. Robertson’s Company of Texas Rangers and mustered in the same day. On 11 September 1836 command was given to Captain Calvin Boales and Thomas was promoted to Second Lieutenant. (Texas Revolution)


Private Tho. S. Webb : He was enrolled on 5 November 1861, and mustered in 23 December 1861 at Louisville, Kentucky for a term of three years to Company A, 6th Regiment Kentucky Cavalry (USA). He was discharged by reason of a Surgeon’s Certificate of disability on 7 February 1863 at Louisville, Kentucky. (Civil War)


First Lieutenant Thomas Shappard Webb : He was 81 years old on 26 September 1921, and was born in Haywood County, Tennessee. At the outbreak of the war he was a student at the University of North Carolina; his father was a cotton merchant and partner in the trading firm of Webb & Rawlings.  He entered Confederate service in Shelby County, Tennessee. His parents owned many slaves before moving to Memphis in 1846, only about 25 slaves afterwards; they owned a seven room frame house on Union Street in Memphis, kept about 10 slaves at home and hired out the rest. Thomas was very well educated, attending private schools until the Memphis city schools were established, then went to the Bingham School in Alamance County, North Carolina before entering the University of North Carolina. He was a Junior when the war broke out. He joined in April 1861 at Memphis, Tennessee to Captain Jas. Moreland’s Company (G), ‘the Beauregards’, Colonel Preston Smiths’ (154th) Regiment Tennessee Infantry; served with his brothers Jno. Lewis Webb and Jas. A. Webb (killed at Murfreesboro). He fought at the Battle of Belmont, at Shiloh and Corinth; the day before the evacuation of Corinth he was captured by an Indiana brigade and sent as a prisoner to Camp Chase and then to Johnson’s Island; was exchanged at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was transferred to Forest’s Cavalry and was wounded at Tishomingo Creek, Mississippi; was on crutches for a year. He was in Forests last fight near Scottsville, Alabama and was exchanged at Gainesville after the surrender.


His father was Jas. Lewis Webb born in Tally Ho, Granville County, North Carolina; he died 2 February 1860; he married Ariana Shapard 8 April 1834. His grandfather was James Webb, married to Ann Hunt Smith and James was the son of John Webb and Amy Booker. He had three brothers in the war, Jas. A. was killed at Missionary Ridge, Wm. B. was mortally wounded in Mississippi, Jno. L. was wounded yet lived. Thomas received a license to practice law in 1867 and has done so ever since; moved to Knoxville in 1869.


Captain Thomas T. Webb, USN : He served as an Officer of the Line, United States Navy with the rank of Midshipman, 1 January 1808. He served during the War of 1812, when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, 19 December 1814. He was appointed to the rank of Commander, 8 March 1831. He was appointed to the rank of Captain on 8 March 1841. He died 11 April 1853.


WEBB, Thomas T., naval officer, born in Virginia about 1806; died in Norfolk, Virginia, 11 April, 1853. He entered the navy as a midshipman, 1 January, 1808, and wits promoted to lieutenant, 19 December. 1814. He served in the navy during the war of 1812, cruised in the frigate " Macedonian" of the Mediterranean station in 1815-'18 during the Algerine war, was attached to the Norfolk navy-yard in 1818-'21, cruised in the sloop "John Adams" in the West Indies in 1821-'4, served in the receiving-ship "Alert " at Norfolk in 1825-'6, and at the navy-yard, Pensacola, 1828-'9. He commanded the schooner "Shark" in the West Indies in 1830-'2, was promoted to master-commandant, 8 March, 1831, and commanded the sloop " Vandalia " on the coast of Florida in 1833-'6. In 1837 he was on leave, and in 1838-'41 he commanded the receiving-ship at Norfolk. He was promoted to captain, 8 March, 1841, and was on waiting orders until his death.

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