Contributed by Betty
Sandifer. Thanks, Betty!
The Clayton Banner, Thursday, January 15, 1863
Captain Thomas Quincy Stanford,
whose walk of life was characterized by pure embodying manhood, and whose
conduct on the battle field won for him the praise of his comrades in arms,
sleeps the sleep of death. Col. Clayton, in this address on Monday night,
paid truthful tribute to his worth, when he said, "a better and a braver
man never lived." Let his admiring acquaintances and loving relatives
take consolation in the reflection that he died as the brave are wont to die
fighting for his country's liberties. An affectionate wife and doting
mother, whose grief is unbounded, has our heartfelt sympathies in their
In an editorial of the same newspaper it states, "In the second charge
the brave Capt. Stanford was killed, whilst leading his men, when nearly at the
mouth of the guns."
Captain Thomas Quincy Stanford served with the 39th Alabama Volunteer Co., G,
Infantry. He was killed in action at the Battle of Stones River in
Murfreesboro, TN. He received a mortal wound on the morning of December
31, 1862 and died January 2, 1863.
In a letter home to his wife, he says that in this photo he is
the Officer of the Day.
The sash indicates this, also the blue in his hat indicates that he was in the
Military Service Survey -
Thomas Quincy Stanford
Dates of Service: 15 May 1862 to 2 Jan 1863
Branch: Army, Confederate States of America
Rank/Paygrade: Capt, Appointed 15 May 1862.
Specialty: Company Commander, Company G, 39th Alabama Infantry
Units: Co G, 39th Alabama Infantry, Dea's Brigade, Wither's
Division, Army of Tennessee
Theater of Operations: Western Theater
Significant Operations: Murfreesboro (Stone's River), TN (31 Dec
1862 - 3 Jan 1863).
Awards & Decorations: None, received a fatal wound attacking an
artillery unit on 31 Dec 1862. Died 2 Jan 1863.
Citations: See attached letter from Jno. M. Johnson
M.D. The letter was transcribed by C.L.Stanford, a lawyer and
nephew of T.Q. "Quince" Stanford circa 1908. The
letter was addressed to C.L.'s father Dr. William J. Stanford, Asst
Surgeon, 39th Alabama Infantry.
Brief Biography: Thomas Quincy Stanford, was born in
Duplin Co, NC, in 1832. His family moved to Henry Co, AL, in 1840.
Capt Stanford received a fatal wound while leading his company
against an artillery unit at Murfreesboro on 31 Dec 1862. He died
on 2 Jan 1863.
January 2nd, 1863
My Dear Sir:
I send you herewith
the sword of your Gallant brother Capt. Stanford of the 39th Reg. Ala. Vol:
He received a mortal wound in the breast, the ball passing entirely
through him about 9 o'clock on the morning of the great battle of the 31st
Dec. before Murfreesboro. I saw him fall, with his naked sword in
his hand urging a most gallant charge. I had him carried from the
field to a hospital where he was waited upon and nursed by Mrs. Dr.
Bedford & other ladies, and every thing done that could be to save
him, but his wound was mortal.
The fight is yet
raging. I cannot write more, other circumstances and facts might be
given by (sic) my services are needed this instant. God bless his
wife and children.
Surg. Cleburnes Div.
Hardees Corps Army of Tenn.
Thomas Quincy Stanford had three brothers who also served and
fought for the CSA: Monroe Stanford, Dr. William J. Stanford and Samuel McGee
Stanford. Click here!
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