Capt. Thomas Leslie was born in Harrison Co., Ind., in 1826, and passed from this life, March 1873, at New Albany, Ind., from chronic diarrhea and general debility, contracted in the army. His father, Frederick Leslie is dec., as is also his mother, Clara (Goodwin) Leslie. He was united in marriage in Corydon, Ind., to Catherine Paddock who was born there in 1826. She was the daughter of Thomas and Nelapie (French) Paddock, long ago deceased. The offspring of this marriage is six children, born as follows: Annie M., William M. dec., Edward V., Harriet J., Frederick H., and Thomas dec. Comrade Leslie was a captain and pilot on the river when the late war between the states broke out; he was 36 years old when he was enrolled during the second year of the war at New Albany, entering the U.S. Navy on str. “J.B. Adams” as mate, Mississippi Marine and in due time rose to the rank of Capt. He was never wounded but was cared for in hospital a short time. His boat and the entire crew was captured on the Cumberland river but escaped. He took part in the engagements at Shiloh, Vicksburg and several others, receiving an honorable discharge in the fall of 1863 at New Albany, Ind. He had two brothers in the war, Capt. Frederick Leslie in Co. D, 13 Ind. Cav. was killed near Murfreesboro, and Philo in an Ind. Regt., who also ranked as Capt. His father served several terms in the Legislature from Harrison Co., Ind. His wife’s great-grandfather, French served in the Rev. war and her grandfather, Joseph Paddock served as Col. in the War of 1812. Mrs. Leslie receives a widow’s pension and her address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike