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Standing in the parking lot of the Oak Ridge observation tower, you have a clear picture of the Eleventh Corps Line. I can make out a few monuments along Howard Avenue but they’re too blurry to identify, and I believe you can also see the group of trees which borders the Old Alms House Cemetery (far distance, right of center, six trees in a row on the farthest tree-line from the camera). The railroad tracks are just beyond this spot and if you’re lucky you may catch a train passing the McLean farm (a cool experience!)
SGT. MAJ. JAMES B. / S. THOMAS
27TH Virginia Infantry
Born abt. 1839 --- Died July 03, 1863
Sgt. Maj. Thomas enlisted in the 5TH Virginia Infantry in April 1861 and was promoted and transferred to the 27TH Virginia two months later. He was a clerk in civilian life and was described as being 5’8” tall, with black eyes and black hair. He had been wounded twice before, at Port Republic, Virginia (Jun 1862) and at Winchester (Oct 1862).
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