Capt. Thomas Dodd

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
February 28, 1907, Page 1
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Capt. Thomas Dodd.
Glowing Tributes to Ex-Citizen of Bartow.

The death of Capt. Thomas Dodd at Laredo, Texas, on the 13th of January was a source of much sorrow among relatives and friends in Bartow county, his former home.  His home papers pay him high tribute as a man and citizen.  The Laredo Times has this:

“Capt. Dodd was born in Bartow county, Georgia, in May 1840.  On the breaking out of the civil war he joined the gallant Eighteenth Georgia, and fought through the bloody strife until he was wounded and lost one of his arms at the battle of Atlanta.  During his long service he participated in twenty-eight battles.  At the close of the war he returned to his home and engaged in the practice of law.  Afterwards he entered the University of Georgia from which he graduated in 1868.  In 1875 he moved to Tyler, Texas, where he remained until 1884.  During that time he filled the office of mayor of that city for nine years.  After leaving Tyler he came to Laredo and made his home.  During his residence in Laredo he has held the important and responsible office of general attorney for the Texas Mexican railroad, and for several years past has been vice-president of that road.  He was a strict member of the Baptist church all his life.  At the time of his death he held the highly honored office of a member of the Democratic State Executive Committee.  He leaves to mourn his sad death, a wife and three daughters, Mrs. Ed Brewster, Mrs. Jose R. Sanchez and Miss Sallie Dodd.  Capt.  Dodd’s whole useful life, was marked with energy and force of character and what few faults he may have had, were overbalanced and obscured by his noble, virtuous, generous and charitable traits.  Peace to his immortal soul.”

The Laredo Enterprise has this regarding the funeral and death and the splendid war record of Capt. Dodd:

“A large and sorrowing concourse of people assembled at the residence of the late Capt. Thos. W. Dodd yesterday morning at 10 o’clock to pay their last respects to all that was mortal of the strongest friend that ever man possessed.  The assemblage marked to a high degree the esteem in which he was held by those with whom he came in contact.  The old warriors of the lost cause stood side by side with the equally grizzled warriors of the victorious cause, and beside them marched with  muffled drum, a company of the United States army, they representing the united cause of all Americans.  The civic societies were largely represented, chief among them being the recently organized lodge of Elks of which Capt. Dodd was an honored member, the Red Men and the Bar Association were also out in full force.

“The career of Capt. Dodd was strenuous from his young manhood.  Entering the army of the Confederacy at the age of 21 with the 18th Georgia, he was at once hurled into the face of the enemy with his gallant regiment and fared with his companions the hardships of war until he had participated in 28 hard fought battles, finishing his warlike career near home, at the battle of Atlanta where he was wounded and lost an arm.”


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