For those of us who trekked to the 116th’s monument at Gettysburg, you will recall meeting Bill Greene. Bill shared with us the story of his ancestors who met up with the 116th at the site of the monument. Below is his story and an accompanying image.
The Thomas Brothers at the Battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago… Only two of them survived. This is a picture of my great-great grandfather Thomas Seaborne Thomas (upper left) and three of his brothers. They served in the Third South Carolina, part of Kershaw’s Brigade. Three of the four pictured here were shot near the Wheatfield on July 2, 1863, in an area called Stony Hill. The youngest Lewis Pinckney, “Pink,” was killed outright. Pink was 17 and is upper right in the picture. The oldest present, William Robert, pictured lower left, was mortally wounded and died on July 4, two days later. Before the war, he was a physician, but joined as a private. He was elected lieutenant, which is why he is holding a sword. Tom Thomas, my great-great grandfather, was badly wounded but healed and returned to the unit for another huge battle, Chickamauga, in Georgia later in 1863. He later fought in many other battles, survived imprisonment at Point Lookout, MD, and lived until 1911. John Alexander “Zan” is pictured lower right. He survived Gettysburg unscathed. Another brother, Marion, the youngest of six Thomas brothers, was killed at the Battle of 2d Manassas the year before. He was only 15. It must have been very difficult for Tom and Zan to lose two more brothers at Gettysburg.