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Thomasville in Davidson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thomasville

A Key Stop & Refuge

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
1. Thomasville Marker
Inscription. John W. Thomas, who represented this area in the state legislature in the mid-1800s, laid out the town of Thomasville in 1852 on the proposed route of the North Carolina Railroad. Three years later, the line was completed to the new town, and the first train passes through January 20, 1856. By 1860, Thomasville was thriving with 308 residents, a female seminary and a shoe factory. During the war, two companies, including the renowned “Thomasville Rifles” (Company B, 14th North Carolina Infantry), served in Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Many of the soldiers who boarded trains two hundred yards east of here (a memorial is located at West Main and Cramer Streets, south of the railroad) later fell in the Seven Days’ Battles and at Sharpsburg (Antietam), Gettysburg, and the Wilderness. After the war, Thomasville became noted for its furniture-making industry, especially chair manufacturing.

Thomasville, a key stop on the North Carolina Railroad, played an important role during the Civil War as a refuge for wounded and ill soldiers and civilians fleeing war-torn eastern North Carolina. Local factories produced shoes for the Confederate cause, and a smallpox hospital was located here. In 1864, Gen. James Longstreet’s corps passed through on the railroad en route from Georgia to rejoin Lee’s
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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
2. Thomasville Marker
Close up of the map as shown in the upper right of the marker
army in Virginia. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnson established hospitals in a tobacco warehouse and in the local Baptist and Methodist churches in March 1865, as his Army of Tennessee retreated north. Local citizens assisted in the care of wounded soldiers, Northern and Southern, from the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville (March 13 and March 19-21, 1865) The Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the hospitals were interred in Thomasville City Cemetery side by side, a very rare practice during the war.

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(upper left) John W. Thomas
(lower left) Corner of Main and Salem Streets, late 19th century
(lower center) Confederate dead in the Blood Lane, Antietam — Courtesy Library of Congress. These soldiers likely were members of the 14th N.C. Infantry, Co. B, the “Thomasville Rifles,” raised in Thomasville.
(lower right) Civil War-era photograph of a Thomasville shoe factory.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 52.946′ N, 80° 5.004′ W. Marker is in Thomasville, North Carolina, in Davidson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street
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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
3. Thomasville Marker
and Trade Street, on the left when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in front of the Visitor Center-Train Depot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 West Main Street, Thomasville NC 27360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John W. Thomas (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Thomasville (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomasville City Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named John W. Thomas (approx. 2.8 miles away); John H. Mills (approx. 3.3 miles away); NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Trinity College (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named Trinity College (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thomasville.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
4. Train Depot
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
5. Thomasville Marker
Close up of the side view of the Train Depot-Visitor Center
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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
6. Train Depot
Rear view of the Train Depot
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By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
7. Thomasville Marker
Mural on building across the street from the Train Depot-Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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