Sons of Confederate Veterans Logo Upshur County Patriots Texas Logo
Confederate Flags

Thomas Troup Swinney
Co. A, 13th Battalion
Louisiana Partisan Rangers

Confederate Flags

Thomas Troup Swinney, the second child and second son of Marcus Boren and Dinah (Jackson) Swinney was born December 8, 1826 in Troup County, Georgia and the name of the county provided part of his name.

In 1850 Thomas Troup moved to Chambers, Alabama and on October 15, 1850 married Caroline Frances Day, daughter of Judge Mason and Susan (Hancock) Day. By 1860 Thomas Troup and wife Caroline had five children. In 1861 Thomas and family had moved to Louisiana.

When the war broke out in 1861 Thomas Troup and his brother William Marcus enlisted in the Confederate army on December 25, 1862 in Monroe, Louisiana. Both enlisted as Private's in Co. A, 13th Battalion Louisiana Partisan Rangers.

The 13th Regiment was organized during the spring of 1862 in Monroe, Louisiana. The unit skirmished in Louisiana until the winter of 1863-1864 when it merged into the 3rd Louisiana Cavalry. The 13th continued to fight throughout the war and ended its struggle after their overwhelming victory in the Red River campaign against union forces lead by General Benjamin "the beast" Butler.

During their service the 13th Regiment was alternately added to the 3rd Louisiana Cavalry as well as the 5th Louisiana Cavalry. A comparison of the rosters identifies some of the men as serving in all three unites.

The composite roster of the 13th Battalion contains 980 names.

After the war by 1868, Thomas Troup and wife Caroline moved to North East Texas along with their eleven children and lived in Smith County till their death.

With great Pride and Honor I salute my G-G-Grandfather Private Thomas Troup Swinney for his service in defending our Southland and fought for what he believed in.

Thomas Troup Swinney crossed over to the other side July 12, 1896 and was laid to rest beside his wife Caroline in the Bascom Cemetery, Bascon, Smith County, Texas.

Submitted by Larry Bruce Swinney
G-G-Grandson of Thomas Troup Swinney
Member of the Upshur Patriots SCV Camp 2109 Gilmer, Texas

Thomas Troup Swinney Headstone