Note: Thomas L. Carson was a 21 year-old farmer when he enlisted in the "Rutherford Rebels" on 2 September 1861. His unit became Company C, of the 34th North Carolina Infantry. Thomas was mustered in as a First Sergeant. In August 1862, he was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant of the 34th Infantry. In October 1862, he was reduced in rank and transferred back to his company. In October 1863, he transferred to Company I, another Rutherford County company, where he was promoted again to Sergeant. Thomas Carson was part of Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court house in April 1865. Thomas Carson was a 43 year-old farmer living in the Cool Spring Township of Rutherford County, North Carolina in 1880. At home was his wife Delia, age 44, and children Henry, 12, Florence, 10, Dick, 9, John, 7, Harriett, 5, and Kate, age one. Thomas L. Carson was born and raised on his father's Roberson Creek farm in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Thomas, born in June 1837, was the youngest of eight sons and four daughters born to James W. Carson and Catherine Cansler. He studied dentistry and set up a practice in the town of Rutherfordton. His efforts were interrupted by the Civil War. Thomas Carson would serve as a sergeant in Company C, of the 34th North Carolina Infantry. He would walk home from Appomattox in the spring of 1865. Thomas practiced denistry again in Rutherfordton, kept the Carson mill, in which he had an interest, and latter lived on his farm near Forest City. Clarence Griffin writes that Thomas Carson, "was reared a Presbyterian, his wife a Baptist, and they compromised by joining the Methodist Church. He was a leader in his community, a bright and witty mind and a good story teller."
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