Thomas Pleasant Dockery

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Thomas Pleasant Dockery : biography

December 18, 1833 – February 27, 1898

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

Post-War career

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.

Civil War

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas Dockery received a commission in the Confederate States Army as colonel of the 5th Arkansas State Troops, then given command of the 19th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. Dockery led this unit at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in southwest Missouri. After the Battle of Pea Ridge, most Confederate units were withdrawn from Arkansas to the east side of the Mississippi River.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. He recrossed the river with General Sterling Price and, for a time, Dockery was in command of central Arkansas. He led a brigade during the battles around Vicksburg such as the Battle of Champion’s Hill. He was captured at Vicksburg, where he was paroled.

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 Marks’ Mill and the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry. In May 1865 Dockery signed the instrument of surrender which surrendered all remaining Confederate forces in Arkansas. Dockery lost his remaining property during the war.

Early life

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.