Thomas Greene Bush
- Born: 19 Aug 1847, Pickensville, Pickens Co., AL
- Died: 11 Nov 1909, Anniston, Calhoun Co., AL at age 62
Notes and Events:
• Note. T. G. Bush, merchant, manufacturer and publicist was born in Pickensville, Pickens County, Alabama on August 19, 1847, the son of Albert P. Bush and Sarah A. Williams, who came from Georgia to Alabama about 1835, settling in Pickens County, where he was in the mercantile business until he moved to Mobile, Alabama in 1852. Before the war, he moved his family and business to Anniston in Calhoun County.
• Obituary: (See graphic copy of original).
• CSA. Much to some family members disappointment, our Thomas was NOT the Capt. Thomas Bush of the infamous "Calhoun Sharpshooters", also known as "Bush Sharpshoters". That Capt. Bush was Thomas "B" Bush. Though also from Calhoun County, Capt. Thomas B. Bush is believed to have died in battle at Second Manassas (Bull Run II) 30 Aug 1862. Our Thomas Greene Bush was Adjutant in the Sixty-Second Alabama Infantry Regiment. Captured at Blakely Island 9 April 1865, boated to Ship Island Prison where they endured torturous treatment by those damn yankees.
See Thomas' biography notes for more military and personal information. For CSA details about the 62nd Alabama Infantry Regiment, see "Some Recollections of an Old Soldier" by Asa McWilliams Piper (A link to this is on the Genealogy Homepage, click "Home" on the bottom of this page).
• CSA: From Willis Brewer's "Alabama" (Alabama Department of Archives and History). Sixty-Second Alabama Infantry Regiment
Lockhart's Battalion, the nucleus of this regiment, was organized at Selma, in January 1864, and was on duty in the State till July, when it moved up to Cheha, and lost severely in the fight there with Rousseau. A few days after, it was organized as the Sixty-second Alabama regiment, at Mobile. Stationed at Fort Gaines, the regiment was in the bombardment of that place, losing several killed and wounded, and the remainder captured. The prisoners were taken to New Orleans and Ship Island, and subjected to brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy. Exchanged in Mobile Bay, Jan. 4, 1865. Placed in garrison at Spanish Fort, as part of Thomas' brigade (with the Sixty-third Alabama), the regiment withstood the siege there for six days, with some loss, and was then relieved by Holtzclaw's brigade. It served through the siege and bombardment of Blakeley, losing a number killed and wounded, and was captured in the assault on the works. Taken to Ship Island, the men were exchanged in time to be surrendered with the department. The regiment was composed wholly of young men, and was complimented in special orders by Gen. Lidell for its conduct at Spanish Fort.
Field and Staff
Colonels -- Daniel Huger of Mobile.
Lieut. Colonels -- James L. Davidson of Bibb; till re-organized. Brount Yniestre; captured at Blakeley.
Majors -- B. Yniestre of Mobile; promoted. J. W. Pitts of Shelby; captured at Blakeley.
Adjutants -- T. G. Bush of Pickens; captured at Blakeley.
Captains, and Counties from Which the Companies Came.
Greene -- Wm. H. King.
Perry and Dallas -- George D. Shortridge, Jr; captured at Blakeley.
St. Clair and Randolph -- Joseph Thornton; captured at Blakeley.
Talladega -- William Donahoe.
Dallas and Perry -- Jos. J. Alston; captured at Blakeley.
Calhoun and Talladega -- Junius L. Walthall.
Shelby and Talladega -- J. W. Pitts; promoted. Wailes Wallace; captured at Blakeley.
Perry -- James A. McCaw; wounded at Cheha.
Calhoun, St. Clair, Randolph -- Henry Foy.
Bibb -- Wm. C. Ward; wounded at Spanish Fort; captured at Blakeley.
• Education: University of Mississippi, 1865-1867.
• Elected to public position: Alabama Legislature, 1886-1887. Served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
• Community Service: He was the first president of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce.
• Biogaphy Note: Published while Thomas was still alive. From "Memorial Record of Alabama", Vol. I, p. 585-587 by Author: Brant & Fuller, 1893. T. G. BUSH, one of the most substantial citizens of Anniston, Ala., was born in Pickensville, Pickens county, Ala., in 1847. He is a son of Albert P. and Sarah A. (Williams) Bush, the former of whom is a native of Georgia, came to Alabama about the year 1835, and settled in Pickens county, where he remained, in the mercantile business, many years. He then removed to Mobile, where he now lives. He [Albert P.] is a son of John and Nancy (King) Bush, who came from Georgia to Alabama about 1830, and lived on their farm till their death, near Oxford, Ala. Mrs. Sarah A. Bush is a native of Alabama, and a daughter of Curtis and Patience (Thomas) Williams, the former of whom was a member of the Alabama legislature. He [Curtis Williams] was a son of Curtis Williams, who also served in the Alabama legislature.
T. G. Bush's father removed to Mobile in 1852, and engaged in the cotton commission business, in which he continued for many years. He is now living in Mobile, at the age of seventy-four years. T. G. Bush's childhood was spent in Picken's county, Alabama, and in Mobile, and during his youth was a portion of the time on his father's plantation, in Noxubee county, Miss. He entered the university of Alabama at the age of fourteen , and remained there two years . He was adjutant of the corps of cadets, which, in 1864, was ordered into the service. In 1861, when he was thirteen years old, he organized two military companies, the service or one of which was tendered to the governor of Alabama as state troops, and accepted by him. In 1864, while the university cadets were in service, he left them and entered the regular army as adjutant of the Fifty-second Alabama [this should be Sixty Second Infantry Regiment, EGB]. In May, 1865, he was captured at Blakely, Ala., after a severe battle there, and held prisoner at Ship Island and in New Orleans until the surrender of Gen. Dick Taylor, when he was exchanged at Vicksburg, Miss., and paroled at Meridian, Miss.
In October, 1865, he entered university of Mississippi, and had, among his instructors, the late Justice L. Q. C. Lamar, and Dr. L. C. Garland, president of the Vanderbilt university. At the end of two years he graduated in the same class with his brother, who was two years his senior, his brother taking first honors, and he taking second. His school days ended, he entered into the cotton commission business with his father and brother in Mobile, withdrawing, after four years, from the firm, and establishing himself in the wholesale grocery business in Mobile, in 1871. This business has ever since been continued under the firm name of T. G. Bush & Co In 1886, he accepted the presidency of the Mobile & Birmingham railroad company, a position which he still retains. He was the first president of the present Mobile chamber of commerce, and served for several years. He also served for some time as president of the Planters' & Merchants' fire insurance company of Mobile.
In April, 1890, he was elected president of the Shelby iron company. In 1891, he was made president of the Woodstock iron company, which position he resigned after one year, and accepted the presidency of the Clifton iron company, at Ironton, Ala., which position he still retains, together with the presidency of the Shelby iron company.
He was a member of the legislature of Alabama in 1886-87, and served as chairman of the ways and means committee. In 1890, in connection with Mr. D. T. Parker, Mr. Bush organized the Anniston water supply company, and now the city of Anniston has one of the finest supplies of water, and one of the most superior water plants of any city in the union. He was made president of this company, and still retains this position. He is also engaged in stock raising, having a large farm near Oxford, Ala., and within four miles of Anniston, on which he has large herds of thorough-bred Jersey cattle and Shetland ponies. In June, 1871, he was married to Miss Alberta Williams, daughter of Rev. Albert and Anna (Hollis) Williams. Both Mr. and Mrs. Williams came to Alabama from Georgia. The father of Rev. Albert Williams is said to have been the first owner of a cotton factory in Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Bush have had born to them five children, namely: Annie, Albert P., Morris W., Thomas G. Jr., and Edwin Hollis. Mrs. Bush was born in Alabama, and was reared and educated in Montgomery. She and her husband are members of the Baptist church. Mr. Bush is a trustee of Howard college, and of the Marion military institute, at Marion, Ala. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the deaf and blind institute of Alabama, located at Talladega.
• Religion: a member of the Baptist Church.
• Biogaphy Note: Business chronology up to 1893, whill still alive. 1871 Established "T. G. Bush & Co", wholesale grocers
First president of the "Mobile Chamber of Commerce", and served for several years
(it had previously been Mobile Commerce and Business League)
1886 Accepted the presidency of Mobile & Birmingham Railroad Company
1886 Elected as a Representative of the Alabama Legislature
Served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Alabama Legislature
Served as president of the Planters' & Merchants' Fire Insurance Company of Mobile
1890 Stock holders elected him president of the Shelby Iron Company
1890 Co-organized the Anniston Water Supply Company
1891 Was made president of the Woodstock iron company (which position he resigned after one year)
1892 Accepted the presidency of the Clifton Iron Company, at Ironton, Alabama ( was still president of the Shelby Iron Company also)
1893 Also engaged in stock raising, having a large farm near Oxford, Alabama raising Shetland ponies and large herds of thorough-bred Jersey cattle
Thomas married Alberta Williams, daughter of Albert Williams and Anna Eliza Hollis.