Thomas Pleasant Dockery

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Thomas Pleasant Dockery
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Born (1833-12-18)December 18, 1833
Montgomery County, North Carolina
Died February 27, 1898(1898-02-27) (aged 64)
New York City, New York
Place of burial Natchez, Mississippi
Allegiance United States United States of America
Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861–65
Rank Confederate States of America General.png Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Civil War

Thomas Pleasant Dockery (December 18, 1833 – February 27, 1898) was a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

Early life[edit]

Dockery was born in Montgomery County, North Carolina, to Col. John Dockery, who had participated in the Indian removals in North Carolina. His father moved first to Tennessee and then to Columbia County, Arkansas, where he established a large plantation. John Dockery also played a role in establishing the first railroad in Arkansas.

Civil War[edit]

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas P. Dockery received a commission on 17 June 1861, as captain of a Volunteer Militia Company in the 68th Regiment, Arkansas State Militia, Columbia County.[1] This company became Company B of the 5th Regiment, Arkansas State Troops,[2] and Dockery was elected colonel of the new regiment. Dockery's regiment was assigned to Pearce’s Division, Arkansas State Troops, and participated in the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861. Pearce's Division of State Troops, voted to disband following the battle, rather than be transferred to Confederate Service. Dockery then helped raise and was elected Colonel of the 19th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. After the Battle of Pea Ridge, most Confederate units were withdrawn from Arkansas to the east side of the Mississippi River. Dockery and his unit participated in the Second Battle of Corinth. Dockery was given command of a brigade during the battles around Vicksburg Campaign such as the Battle of Champion's Hill. Assigned to the defenses of Vicksburg during the Siege of Vicksburg he was captured when the city capitulated on July 4, 1864. After being paroled,[3] Dockery was ordered by Confederate Secretary of War J.A. Seddon to assemble the Arkansas Confederate prisoners who had been released following the surrender of Vicksburg and Port Hudson at Washington Arkansas, in the Department of the Trans-Mississippi and reform them and recruit the units up to a full brigade.[4][5]

On August 10, 1863, he received his commission as a brigadier general and raised an Arkansas brigade, which he led in the Red River Campaign and participated in the Battle of Mount Elba,[6] Battle of Prairie D'Ane,[7] Battle of Poison Spring[8] Battle of Marks' Mill[9][10] and the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry.[11][12] Late 1864, Dockery was assigned to command the Reserve Forces of the State of Arkansas.[13] In May 1865 Dockery signed the instrument of surrender which surrendered all remaining Confederate forces in Arkansas.[14]

Post-War career[edit]

Dockery lost his remaining property during the war. After the war, Dockery became a civil engineer and lived in Houston, Texas. He died in New York City and was buried at Natchez, Mississippi, where his two daughters lived.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arkansas Military Department Records, Spanish American War, List of Commissioned Officers of the Militia 1827–1862, Arkansas History Commission, Microfilm Roll 38-8, Page 555
  2. ^ Howerton, Bryan R. "Re: Companies of Pearce's Brigade", Arkansas in the Civil War Message Board, Posted 12 February 2007, Accessed 16 February 2012,;read=14760 , See also Dandrige McRae Papers, Arkansas History Commission,
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  12. ^ Official Records CHAP. XLVI.] THE CAMDEN EXPEDITION. PAGE 807-61 or Series I. Vol. 34. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 61.
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  15. ^ Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1959, ISBN 0-8071-0823-5.


Further reading[edit]

  • “Gen. Tom P. Dockery.” Arkansas Gazette. March 9, 1898, p. 4.
  • Harrell, John. Arkansas. Vol. 14, Confederate Military History, edited by Clement A. Evans. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1988.
  • Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Florida and Arkansas. New York: Facts on File, 1992.