Thomas C. Matteson
(Died April 23, 1863)
WK027 THOMAS C MATTSON LOT
Residence: Warwick, Rhode Island
Enlistment Date: 6 Oct 1862
Side Served: Union
State Served: Rhode Island
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on
6 October 1862.
Enlisted in Company K, 12th Infantry
Regiment Rhode Island on 13 Oct 1862.
Received a disability discharge from Company K
12th Infantry Regiment Rhode Island on
26 Mar 1863 at Washington, DC.
Thomas C. Matteson is buried alone on Inman Avenue in Warwick between the
driveways of the St. Rose Church and rectory.
On his enlistment papers, between his first and last names, there is an X with the
words his mark. Thomas could not spell his name and had to rely on others to fill
out forms for him. This being the reason for the variety of spellings of his last name
on military records*.
While serving in Company K, 12th Infantry Regiment Thomas was diagnosed with
smallpox and discharged from the Union Army. A month later on April 24, 1863
he was dead. Out of fear of the dreaded pox, he was buried in a field owned by the
Chafee family*. The 12th Rhode Island Infantry Regiment lost 2 officers and 46 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.
*Les Rolston Special to The Journal. A Day for Remembrance - A long-forgotten
Union soldier: 136 years later, we know his name. Providence Journal. Providence,
R.I.: Nov 10, 1999. pg. C.01