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Emporia, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chaplain Thomas M. Bulla

 
 
Chaplain Thomas M. Bulla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
1. Chaplain Thomas M. Bulla Marker
Inscription.  Thomas McNeill Bulla was born in North Carolina on 4 Jan. 1881. Ordained a Presbyterian minister, he was called here to the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia in 1911. In April 1917, he became chaplain of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, and in June 1918 sailed to France There he joined the troops in the trenches, often venturing into no-man’s-land to rescue wounded soldiers. On 15 Oct. 1918, during the Battle of the Meuse, he was himself wounded. He died two days later, the only chaplain of a Virginia regiment to lose his life in the war.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UM-50.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, World I.
 
Location. 36° 41.235′ N, 77° 32.541′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 301) and Spring Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
South Main Street (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. South Main Street (facing south)
distance of this marker. Robert Hicks (a few steps from this marker); Greensville County (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin D. Tillar, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Soldiers of Greensville County (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans of the 1914-1918 World War I (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Shiloh Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); Grave of Gen. John R. Chambliss, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emporia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 939 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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