Source: Cambridge City Tribune (Cambridge City, Indiana); 1890 Nov 6; p2
Thomas Flanigan, son of Grandmother McDermot, of Milton, died at home in Louisville, Ky., October, 17, 1890, aged near 50 years. He leaves a wife, his aged and infirm mother of Milton, and one sister, Mrs. Ann Martin, also of Milton. He was a member of the Catholic church and died in that faith. He was a soldier of four year's service in the Union army, and was a brave soldier being always found in the thickest of the many battles he took part in. He was with Sherman on his march to Atlanta, and was intstrumental in preventing that memorable march to sea being a failure. It was at Resacca, in 1864, where Sherman had all his ammunition, small arms and artillery stored. During a thunder storm, while the men were lounging near the magazine, the latter was struck by lightning and the tarpaulin covering the ammunition was set on fire. An explosion was sure and for a time the success of Shermn's march seemed doomed, for the me all fled in terror. But one soldier - only a private - Tom Flanigan, braver than the rest, made his way to the very center of the flames and after an effort of several minutes succeeded in putting them out, and the army was saved. He was a prominent member of the G.A.R., and was buried with high military honors and many resolutions of respect to his memory were passed by societies of which he was a member. He was well known here and his aged and infirm mother who was dependent upon him for many of the necessities of life, has the sympathy of the community.
NOTE: there is a Thomas Flanagan on Find A Grave. His records were imported from US Veteran's Affairs, but the death date does not match. It could be him, as the FAG death date could actually be the marker date. See http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=flanagan&GSbyrel=in&GSdy=1890&GSdyrel=in&GSst=19&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=3291191&
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