20 January 2011
Thomas Oscar Vinson (1848 - 1894)
8 GA Mil
May 16, 1848
Nov 27, 1894
Thomas was born in Crawford County, Georgia to William G. Vinson of Alabama and Lydia Graydon of South Carolina. By 1860, Thomas was attending school while residing on his father's farm in Houston County, Georgia. Moving from Crawford to Houston was not a far stretch, as Crawford is Houston's neighbor to the northeast. In fact, from district 5 in Houston County (where William and his family were listed in the 1860 census) the Echeconnee Creek is due north. Cross the creek at the right spot, and you are in Crawford County, Georgia.
The Civil War began when Thomas was a young boy of thirteen years. I imagine that like many boys of his age, in the throws of optimistic and idealistic youth, he was eager to join the fight. He finally got his chance in 1864 at the age of sixteen...