Thomas Henry Ware (1846 – 1912)

“Ware, Thomas H.-Born:Mar.20,1846 Talladega, Alabama-Died:Jun.7,1912-Service Unit:4th Ark.Cav, Co.A–Confederate Veteran Magazine:v.20, p.388Text: Comrade Thomas H. Ware was born in Talladega, Ala., March 20, 1846, and with his parents moved to Arkansas before the War of the States. He enlisted in the Confederate army. Company A, 4111 Arkansas Cavalry, on July 4, 1861, being in his sixteenth year. He was wounded but once. He was captured near Red Fork in the summer of 1864, but soon afterwards made his escape. Later he served with Col. R. B. Carlee until the close of the war, and much of his service was within the Federal lines. Colonel Carlee reports that he was delicate, and though at times sick, he was anxious to engage the enemy, and always showed himself as brave as the best. He surrendered at Little Rock in May, 1865, after the close of the war, and was paroled there. While quite young he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and served continuously in that vocation during life. For many years he was a presiding elder in the Church, and was in charge of the Camden District at the time of his death, which occurred on June 7, 1912. He was a courageous soldier, serving faithfully to the end. In the United Confederate Veterans organization he served two years as Chaplain on the staff of the Commander of the First Brigade, and subsequently one year on the staff of the Division Commander. He was faithful in the discharge of every trust committed to him. It is said by one who knew him intimately: ‘His manliness appealed to me. His keen wit and his rich fund of anecdote and reminiscence fascinated, while his invincible logic overwhelmed me. In argument he was irresistible, in repartee instantaneous, and dangerous to his opponent. He knew men, his flashing, fearless eyes looked through all disguises. A good man had no cause to fear him, but a mean man would cower in his presence. With the judgment of a diplomat he appreciated men’s weak and strong points. With the heart of a lion he could rebuke a brother in fault, and then with a Christian spirit forget the fault. He never took an unfair advantage, and would not scheme for his own promotion. Honors came to him unsought. Because of his interest in public affairs he was admired by business men and politicians. His ability and fearlessness aa debater led men to urge him to run for Governor and Senator, yet he steadily refused to be turned from his sacred calling.’ He was a trustee of Hendrix College for twenty three years, and for two years he was a member of the General Board of Education of his Church, and for a number of years he was a member of the General Conference. Comrade Ware was true to the last as a soldier, faithful as a friend, affectionate and devoted as a husband and father. He is survived by his second wife (Mrs. Fannie Cook Ware, of Arkadelphia, and his five children (Mrs. Walter J. Terry, of Little Rock, Mrs. Norman Haskell, of Oklahoma City’, Mrs. Laurence Calander, of San Dimas, Cal., Robert L. Ware, of Claremont, Cal., and E. M. Ware, of Newport, Ark.). His body was brought to Little Rock and buried in Oakland Cemetery beside the mother of his children. A committee composed of Jonathan Kellogg, A. J. Snodgrass, and George Thornburgh.”

Source:   Paul V. Isbell

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