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soldier , civil engineer

Thomas Lafayette Rosser, American soldier, civil engineer.


Rosser, Thomas Lafayette was born on October 15, 1836 in Campbell Company, Virginia, United States. Son of John and Martha M. (Johnson) Rosser.


Family removed to Texas, 1849. Entered West Point, 1856, in class of 1861. Class being ordered into army when Fort Sumter was fired upon, he resigned.

Went to Montgomery, Alabama. Appointed First lieutenant artillery, C.S.A. Soon after captain Company D, Washington artillery, New Orleans.

Severely wounded, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 1862. Promoted lieutenant colonel artillery, and a few days later colonel 5th Virginia cavalry, in brigade of J. E. B. Stuart. Brigadier general cavalry fall of 1863.

Major general cavalry fall 1864. Served in Army of Northern Virginia. Refused to surrender at Appomattox with Lee, but charged through lines and escaped.

While endeavoring to reorganize scattered troops of the army was captured and made prisoner of war. Was seriously wounded 4 times in battle.


Studied law after the war, but did not enter profession. Was one of supts. National Express Company under General Joe Johnston. Later engineer in railway service, including chief engineer Northern and Canadian Pacific railroads from 1870 until 1886, when he retired to an estate in Virginia.

Appointed brigadier general United States.V., June 10, 1898, and commanded 3d brigade, 2d div., 1st army corps, composed of 14th Minnesota, 2d Ohio and 1st Pennsylvania regts., volunteer infantry, in war with Spain. Home: Charlottesville, Va.


Married Betty B. Winston, 1863.

John Rosser

Martha M. (Johnson) Rosser

Betty B. Winston