Berry, Thomas G. (1829–1864)

By: Stephanie P. Niemeyer

Type: Biography

Published: March 17, 2011

Thomas G. Berry, Confederate cavalry officer, was born in Alabama on August 29, 1829. He was the son of William Martin and Mary (Proctor) Berry. By 1850 he and his brother were merchants in Huntsville, Arkansas. Berry moved to Grapevine Prairie in Tarrant County before the Civil War. When war began, he enlisted on October 14, 1861, in the Ninth Texas Cavalry and was elected captain of Company A. Berry was re-elected in May 1862 and was noted for never leaving his men or accepting special luxuries due to his rank. On March 24, 1863, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. In September 1864, during the Atlanta campaign, he was shot and killed. His fellow cavalrymen described him as "one of the best and bravest men," and his death was mourned by many in his company and regiment. He was buried on September 3, 1864, in his uniform in Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin, Georgia.

Martha L. Crabb, All Afire to Fight: The Untold Tale of the Civil War' Ninth Cavalry (New York: Avon Books, Inc., 2000). Richard Lowe, ed., A Texas Cavalry Officer's Civil War: The Diary and Letters of James C. Bates (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999).

  • Military
  • Confederate Military
  • Regimental and Staff Officers
  • Soldiers
Time Periods:
  • Civil War
  • Antebellum Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • North Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephanie P. Niemeyer, “Berry, Thomas G.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 27, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 17, 2011

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