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Thomas Bronston Collins b. 4 Oct 1842 , , Kentucky, United States d. 12 Apr 1869 Paris, , , France

Thomas Bronston Collins

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  • Name  Thomas Bronston Collins 
    Born  4 Oct 1842  , , Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Census  2 Jun 1860  The Town Of Richmond, Madison, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Thomas B Collins in household of Wm Smith Collins 
    Died  12 Apr 1869  Paris, , , France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I10400  Kull Family
    Last Modified  24 Mar 2016 

    Father  William Smith Collins,   b. 27 Sep 1810, , Madison, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1885, , Madison, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Ann Bronston,   b. 30 Mar 1817, , Madison, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1884, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F3824  Group Sheet

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    • Born Near Richmond Kentucky

      From Histories and Genealogies

      A scholar and patriot, graduating with honors at Bethany
      one of the first to esponse the Southern cause, entering as
      Buckner guards. Afterwards Captain of Company F, Kentucky
      Zollicoffer, when that gallant officer was killed at the battle of Mill
      Springs, Ky. An exile from his native land, he attended the
      Brussels, after which he completed his studies in Paris, and
      hospitals of that City, where he contracted disease of the lunds, which
      resulted in his death.

      "Your own proud and herioc soil,
      Shall be your fitter frave,
      She claims from war, her richest spoil,
      The ashes of her brave."

      He raised a Company of Madison County men, Feb. 10, 1862, of
      captain, known as Company F, 7th, afterwards the 11th Kentucky
      Colonel was D. Waller Chenault, under the command of General
      was a brave and efficient officer, received a wound in the
      of Greasy Creek. At the battle of Cynthiana, Ky., he became
      General Morgan's Command. His war record from that time on, is
      the language of his own statement, made at Montreal, Canada,
      whilst a prisoner. His statement exhibits the bold, daring,
      spirit of the man, which was made on the occasion of his
      and trial in the Canadian Court for his extradition to the
      the Canadian authorities he subsequently made his escape, and
      Scotia, from there to Germany, thence to Paris, France, and there whilst
      engaged in the study and practice of medicine, was taken sick
      bringing to a close the career of a most noble, chivalrous and
      From there his remains were brought to Richmong, Ky., and
      beautiful Richmond Cemetery, and his grave properly marked by
      read his statement:

      "The St. Albans Raider. Statement of the Prisoner: Montreal,

      The Prisoner's Voluntary Statement.

      All the prisoners made statements.**

      Statement of Thomas B. Collins:

      "I am a native of Kentucky, and a commissioned officer of the
      Confederate States, now at war with the so-called United
      the command of General John Morgan, and became separated from
      of Cynthiana, Ky. Having eluded the Yandees, I joined
      Young, afterwards at Chicago, knowing it to be my duty to my
      well as to myself, never to desert its cause, I owe no allegiance to the
      so-called United States, but am a foreigner, and apublic enemy
      Government. The Yankees dragged my father from his peaceful
      circle and imprisoned him in Camp Chase, where his sufferings
      health and mind, and my grand-father has been banished from
      Burbridge. They have stolen negroes and forced them into their
      their women and children to starve and die. They have pillaged
      private dwellings, banks, villages, and depopulated whole
      of their inhuman acts as deeds of heroism, and exhibiting
      Northern Cities as trophies of Federal Victories.

      I have violated no laws of Canada or Great Britian, whatever I
      Albans, i did as a confederate soldier acting under Lieutenant
      left St. Albans I came to Canada for protection. I entered an hotel at
      Stanbridge, unarmed and alone, and was arrested and
      Magistrate, Whitman, assisted by yankees. He had no warrant
      had any sworn complaint been made to him against me. About
      from me when I was arrested, part Confederate booty, lawfully
      by me as such, and part of my own private funds. I ask the
      money taken from me, and my discharge as demanded by the rules
      law. the treaty under which my extradition is claimed applies
      murderers, thieves and forgers. I am neither, but a soldier,
      in a war commenced and waged against us by a barbarous foe, in
      their own Constitution, -- in disregard of all the rules of warfare as
      interpreted by civilized nations, and christian peoples, and
      wise to expose themselves to danger, while they can buy
      negroes to fight for them -- who, while prating of neutrality,
      people along the border to fiolate the proclamation of your
      by joining their armies and leave them when captured by us to
      prisons in a climate unwholesome to them and in which they are
      die. If I adided in the sack of the St. Albans banks it was
      pocket nerve of the Yankees to be the most sensitive, and they
      most by its being rudely touched. I cared nothing for the
      injure the enemies of our country. Federal soldiers are bought
      of $1,000, a head, and the capture of $200,000, is equivolent to the
      destruction of 200 of said soldiers, I therefore, thought that
      would pay. "I guess" it did, inview of fact also, that they
      several thousand soldiers from the "bloody front" to protect
      the rear. For the part I took, I am ready to abide the
      that if I be extradited to the Yankee butchers my Government
      protect his soldiers."

      (At the conclusion of the above statement there were loud
      from all parts of the Court.)

      After the battle of Wild Cat, and General E. Kirby Smith's
      Kentucky, and the battle of Richmond Aug. 30, 1862, Captain
      was organized and went out from Kentucky with General Smith's
      the command of General Morgan. His company was composed of
      County's boys, as brave and daring spirits as ever shouldered a musket.
      Morgan's raid into the States of Indiana and Ohio -- in which
      one of Collins' company, was never surpassed for endurance,
      being in the saddle twenty one days, without rest or sleep,
      gotten while mounted and marching along -- the poor creatures
      soldiers were mounted eating only what was handed by the rider whilst in

      The following names appear on the Muster Roll of Captain
      of the company having enlisted at Richmond, Ky., Sept. 10, 1862, to wit:

      "Thomas B. Collins, Captain, J. F. Oldham, first Lieutenant,
      Lieutenant, C. H. Covington, third Lieutenant, James Tevis,
      James Caldwell, second Sergeant, Thomas Dejarnett, third Sergeant, W. B.
      Benton, fourth Sergeant, S. C. Groaddus, first Corporal,
      second Corporal, Alex R. Fife, third Corporal, Robert Miller,
      Thomas Oldham, Farrier, James Miller, Blacksmith, I. Asbill,
      Benton, Van Benton, T. C. Broaddus, George Butler, Jack
      James Cosby, James Coulter, Charles Covington, Joseph Collins,
      Cochran, W. G. Coldiron, Joel Embry, John Hutchison, Elihu
      William Grubbs, Anderson Harris (killed at Greasy Creek),
      Jones (wounded at Greasy Creek), Meredith Jones, M. B. Judy,
      Archibald Kavanaugh, J. B. Mize, Travis Million, Owen McKee,
      Presley Oldham, Richard Oldham, James Oldham, Samuel Meeks,
      Ben Price, Silas Pearch, Robert Rownan, James R. Sims, John
      Turpin, Samuel Turpin, Haris Thorpe, Granville Troxelle,
      White, Joseph Watts, William Wielder, Alex Woods (died Nov.
      Wright, O. R. Oldham, Robert Hume, Sam Embry, T. D. Carr, J.
      Jones, James Grubbs, Joshua Brooks, Napoleon Brooks, Richard
      Cornelison, A. J. Dudley, David Irvine, Harvey Ellison, Silas
      Berry, William Berry, Charley Coley, Thomas Hamilton (died at
      Sept. 27, 1862)."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1113] 1860 United States Census, Kentucky, Madison, (National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M653, roll M653_384, p. 141, dwelling 26, family 26, Thomas B Collins in household of Wm Smith Collins (Reliability: 3).

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