M. Jeff Thompson

M. Jeff Thompson

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Meriwether Jeff Thompson (January 22, 1826 – September 5, 1876) was a brigadier general in the Missouri State Guard during the American Civil War. He served the Confederate Army as a cavalry commander, and had the unusual distinction of having a ship in the Confederate Navy named for him.

Early life

  • Father: Meriwether Thompson b. circa 1790
  • Mother: Martha Slaughter Broaddus b. circa 1800
  • Wife: Emma Catherine Hays b.circa 1830 , New Orleans, La.
  • Children: Emma Catherine Thompson b.1850
  • Source: D.A.R. Vol. 59, pg., 272


Meriwether Jeff Thompson was born at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, now West VirginiaFilbert, Preston, The Half not Told; the Civil War in a Frontier Town, Stackpole Books, page 11 into a family with a strong military tradition on both sides. He moved to Liberty, Missouri in 1847 and St. Joseph the following year, beginning as a store clerk before taking up surveying and serving as the city engineer.Allardice, Bruce, More Generals in Gray, LSU Press, page 219 He later supervised the construction of the western branch of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. Thompson served as Mayor of St. Joseph from 1857–1860. He presided over the ceremony inaugurating the first ride of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860.Thompson also gained national attention in May, 1861, when he cut down a union flag from the St. Joseph post office flag pole and threw it down to an angry crowd of southern sympathizers who...
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