Major-General Henry Goddard Thomas (April 5, 1837 - January 23, 1897) was an American general in the American Civil War. A native of Portland, Maine, Thomas graduated from Amherst College in 1858 and was admitted to the bar shortly thereafter. He enlisted as a private in the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment. As part of the 5th, Thomas was present at the First Battle of Bull Run and the Peninsula Campaign among other battles. In February 1863, Thomas was appointed colonel of the 2nd Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops. In December 1863, Thomas was appointed colonel of the 19th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops. In March 1865, he was appointed major-general of volunteers for his service during the war. He died in January 1897 in Oklahoma and is interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine.
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Thomas was the brother of diplomat and politician William W. Thomas, Jr.
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- General Henry Goddard Thomas, 1837-1897: A Memorial via GoogleBooks