The Thompson Family

 

 

Matthew Grigg Thompsonmaurice thompson 1will and maurice thompsonMatthew and Maurice Thompson                         THE THOMPSON FAMILY

 

One of the most famous of the Confederate soldiers who settled in Montgomery County was Maurice Thompson, the distinguished author, who along with Lew Wallace, the Union General who wrote the best seller Ben Hur, a Tale of the Christ, was thought to be one of the most gifted authors of his day.  Maurice Thompson was actually born in Fairfield, Indiana, the son of a Baptist minister named Matthew Grigg Thompson.  The pastor’s callings led him to Missouri, where another son, Will H. Thompson was born and finally to Georgia about the time the  War started.  All three Thompsons joined the Confederate Army in Georgia.   Matthew became chaplain of the 46th Georgia Inf., Maurice was a scout for the 63rd GA Inf., and Will was a scout for the 4th Georgia Inf.  The Thompson family holdings were devastated by the War and all three ended up in Indiana.  Maurice and Will studied for the bar and had successful law practices in addition to their literary activities.  Maurice wrote a best seller about the Revolutionary War entitled Alice of Old Vincennes and a book on archery which is still considered the definitive book on the subject.  It was entitled, The Witchery of Archery.  Will wrote two  poems about the War Between the States that were anthologized in many high school literature books.  One was entitled “High Tide at Gettysburg,” and the other “The Bonds of Blood.”  Maurice died at Crawfordsville in 1901 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery beneath a large memorial obelisk.  Will moved to Seattle, Washington where he practiced law for the rest of his life.  He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle.  Matthew Grigg Thompson returned to Missouri and settled at Ashland where he was killed in a fall from a horse.  He is also buried at Oak Hill Cemetery at the Thompson Memorial.

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