Thomas Griffin

Thomas Griffin was born 1834 in Canada.

Thomas came to the United States from Canada sometime before the war broke out, eventually settling in western Michigan.

He stood 5’11” with blue eyes, black hair and a light complexion, and was a 27-year-old lumberman probably living in Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company H on May 13, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.) On July 1, 1862, he was admitted to one of the hospitals in Alexandria, suffering from consumption, and was discharged on August 18, 1862, at Fairfax Seminary hospital, Virginia, on account of “advanced” consumption, in the “last stage.” According to his discharge paper he had been “off duty 4 1/2 months.”

It seems that Thomas never left Virginia, however. He died of consumption, on either August 24, 1862, or March 19, 1864, at Alexandria, Virginia, and was buried at Alexandria National Cemetery: section A, grave no. 904-9.

No pension record seems to be available.