Thomas J Givens

BirthJan. 4, 1842
DeathFeb. 9, 1931
CemeteryCentral City (Central City)
PostWhipple (Burkett)
Unit42nd Indiana Infantry, Company E

Private Thomas J Givens

Company E, 42nd Indiana Infantry

Givens was born on January 4, 1842. He was residing in Gibson County, Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 30, 1861. Indiana Civil War records indicate that Givens was discharged on April 8, 1865 due to disability.

The 42nd Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered on October 9, 1861 at Evansville, Indiana. During Givens’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in three major battles. The battles include:

Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862). Regimental losses were 21 killed and 11 wounded.

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 13 killed and 15 wounded.

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863). Regimental losses for 2 days were 4 killed, 4 wounded, and 7 were captured.

Givens was captured on September 20, 1863 at the Battle of Chickamauga. He was sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia and was imprisoned until November 1864. Due to the overcrowded conditions at Andersonville many of the prisoners were sent to Camp Lawton near Millen, Georgia. Some of the sick or wounded prisoners were exchanged at Savannah, Georgia.

Givens died on February 9, 1931 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Central City Cemetery in Central City (Merrick County), Nebraska. Givens was a member of the Whipple Post (#354) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Burkett, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.