Thomas Henry Wootten
Generously contributed by Johnny T.
Transcribed from the Wootten Family article Crisp County's History in
Pictures and Stories, 1978, Cordele, Crisp County Historic Society.
Written by Aurelia Wootten a grand daughter of Thomas Henry Wootten, Sr. Also
found in the Wootten family article in The Passing of the Pines: A History
of Wilcox County, Georgia, Mary Lou McDonald and Samuel Jordan Lawson III.
1984. The article in "Passing of the Pines" was written by Emma
Caroline Wootten Young,
the mother of Johnny T. Young the submitter of the following article.
Thomas Henry Wootten, enlisted as a private in the Pulaski Blues, a company
attached to the regiment of General Clement A. Evans' Brigade as Co. F. 31st
Georgia Regiment, Quartermaster Corps commanded by Captain Warren D. Wood.
He was with Early when Sheridan made his ride. He fought in the first and
second battles of Bull Run in the Wilderness, Gettysburg and all the battles
of the arm commanded b y General Robert E. Lee. He also served in General
John B. Gordon's division. He served with the Army of Virginia from the
beginning to the end of the war, and surrendered at Appomattox on April 9,
1865. He came with General Evans and his family from Fortress Monroe,
Virginia, to Savannah, Georgia. From there he walked to his home in
Hawkinsville. He had no money and the ferryman would not let him on the ferry
at Hawkinsville and he jumped in the Ocmulgee River and swam across. Thomas
Henry Wootten, Sr. was born in Wilkes Co. GA August 15, 1836 and died on July
18, 1900. He is buried with his second wife Caroline Christian Wootten and
son Thomas Henry Wootten Jr. in the Wootten Family plot at Cedar Creek Baptist
Church between Hawkinsville and Abbeville in Wilcox Co.
Johnny T. Young,
Great Grandson of Thomas Henry Wootten, Sr.