Brigadier General Thomas Turner Fauntleroy
Virginia Provisional Army
Confederate States of America
Thomas Turner Fauntleroy was commissioned as a brigadier general in the Virginia Provisional Army in 1861. Previous differences with Jefferson Davis when they served in the U. S. Army prevented Fauntleroy from being assigned an active command in the Confederate Army. He was only placed in command of troops around Richmond. Dissatisfied with this assignment, he resigned in 1862 and retired to his farm at the age of sixty-five.
Fauntleroy's military career began as an Ensign in the Virginia Militia during the War of 1812. He was Captain of the Black Horse Troop of Cavalry of Faugquier County which escorted President Andrew Jackson in 1834. After being commissioned as a Major of Dragoons in 1836, he took part in the Seminole and Creek Wars in Florida. He was involved in many Indian campaigns in the West, and he commanded many forts. He built Fort Fauntleroy in New Mexico, but the name was changed to Fort Wingate in 1862 after General Fauntleroy entered the Confederate service. In 1846, he was Lieutenant Colonel of the Second U. S. Dragoons. He commanded cavalry in the Mexican War at Monterrey under General Zachary Taylor and at Mexico City under General Winfield Scott. He was made colonel in 1850, and he became the Commander of the Departments of Texas and California on 1859.
Suzanne Fauntleroy Harter
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