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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

LONG, THOMAS M (1833-1910)

American Civil War Research Database, Historical Data Systems

Headstone of Thomas M Long
Thomas M. Long
Evergreen Cemetery

Thomas M. Long, residence not listed enlisted on August 9, 1861 as a Private. On August 29 1861 he mustered into "K" Co. NJ 6th Infantry and was discharged for disability of July 21, 1863 at Convalescent Camp (Alexandria VA).

A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Frederick H Dyer

History of the Sixth New Jersey Infantry

Organized at Trenton New Jersey in August 1861. It left the state on Sept 10, with 38 officers, 860 non commissioned officers and privates, a total of 898. Upon arrival at Washington the regiment went into camp at Meridian hill, and remained there until the early part of December, at which time it was ordered to report to Gen Hooker, near Budd’s Ferry, Md., where it was brigaded with the 5th, 7th and 8th NJ, composing what was generally known as the 2nd New Jersey brigade, the 3d brigade, Hooker’s division. At the battle of Williamsburg, Va., the brigade was sent into the left of a road and occupied a wood in front of a line of field works. Among the killed was Lieut. Col. John P. Van Leer, and among the wounded were a large number of officers. At the battle of Fair Oaks the 5th and 6th moved forward under Col. Starr, cutting their way through a mass of panic stricken fugitives, the loss of the 6th being 7 killed and 14 wounded. The next morning the two regiments advanced and occupied the ground recovered from the enemy, where they remained until June 25, being almost constantly on duty at the front. In combat at Savage Station, but the 6th regiment had 2 men wounded by Shells. At Bristoe Station Col. Mott was badly wounded in the fore arm, and in the series of engagements, ending at Chantilly on Sept. 1 1862, the regiment suffered a total loss of 104 men. The regiment then went into camp at Alexandria VA.

Santa Cruz Surf (October 16, 1900)

Suicide at Ben Lomond

The northern end of the county has been furnishing a number of accidents of late. This morning an unknown man, thought to be a tramp, committed suicide at Ben Lomond by blowing the top of his head off with a shotgun. Coroner Morgan left at 3:00 this afternoon for the scene of the suicide.

Santa Cruz Surf (October 17, 1900)

The Ben Lomond Suicide

The man who killed himself yesterday at Ben Lomond proved to be Thomas M. Long who has resided in different parts of the county for many years.

He killed himself in a peculiar manner. He took off his shoes and socks and then, taking the shotgun, he placed a stick over the trigger. He then pressed his feet against the stick and both barrels exploded. The discharge blew out his brains.

Long received an honorable discharged from the army during the civil war. He belonged to Company K 6th regiment of the New Jersey Volunteers.

Santa Cruz Surf (October 18, 1900)

The coroner’s jury in the inquest over Thomas Long, who killed himself at Ben Lomond, brought a verdict of suicide.

Santa Cruz Surf (May 24, 1904)

The Santa Cruz Sentinel of May 24, 1904 list T.M. Long as having been buried in the G.A.R. Plot at Evergreen.

Editorial Notes from Robert L. Nelson

National Archives and Records Administration Research, October 2003

On December 28, 1885 Thomas Moore Long submitted a pension request while living in San Jose, California. At the time he was 63 years old, 5’2” tall, dark complexioned, with dark hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had been born in Salem, New Jersey and worked as a Waterman prior to his enlistment in Company K of the 6th New Jersey Infantry at Trenton, New Jersey on August 9, 1861 at the age of 28.

Accompanying his data sheet was the following Affidavit completed by a notary public describing in detail his reason for the pension:

That he [Thomas Long] was late a member of the above named company and regiment, and now an applicant for pension. That he enlisted on the 9th day of August 1861 and served with his command until the 5th day of May 1862, when he was wounded in his right shoulder at the Battle of Williamsburg, VA, and was sent to the Camden Hospital, Baltimore, for treatment, remaining there about 30 days and was given a furlough of 30 days. At the expiration of which time he rejoined his regiment and continued in the service until Sept. 1st 1862, when at the Battle of Chantilly, VA. While making a charge on the enemy he fell and incurred a rupture (right side) and was picked up by 1st Lieutenant D.D. Cooley who thought he was shot, but found him ruptured and on account of said injury he was sent to the convalescent camp at Alexandria VA for treatment and was treated by Dr. Clark and finally discharged for disability July 21/ 63.

That he does not know the whereabouts of a single member of his Co. or Regt, and refers to the records of the War Dept for proof in this case. This statement was made to D.D. Tennyson at San Jose, Cal. on the 28th day of Dec. 1895 and that I was in no manner in making the statement."

Signed Thomas M Long.

Other Pension department correspondence indicate that Thomas Long lived at Glenwood, Santa Cruz County in April 1882, followed by Saratoga, Santa Clara County. In September 1885 he was in Auburn, Placer County prior to his application request of December 1885 in San Jose. He apparently remained in Santa Cruz County through at least April 1899.


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