Thomas Hines

Confederate Army Officer
Born Oct 8, 1838

Thomas Henry Hines was a Confederate cavalryman who was known for his spying activities during the last two years of the American Civil War. A native of Butler County, Kentucky, he initially worked as a grammar instructor, mainly at the Masonic University of La Grange, Kentucky. During the first year of the war, he served as a field officer, initiating several raids.… Read More

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1838 Birth Hines was born in Butler County, Kentucky, on October 8, 1838, to Judge Warren W. and Sarah Carson Hines and was raised in Warren County, Kentucky. … Read More


1859 20 Years Old He became an adjunct professor at the Masonic University, a school established by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky Freemasons for teaching the orphans of Kentucky Masons in La Grange in 1859.
He was the principal of its grammar school, but with the advent of the war, he joined the Confederate Army in September 1861. … Read More
The Guides were disbanded in January 1862 after the Confederate government of Kentucky fled Bowling Green, as Hines did not want to fight anywhere except in Kentucky. … Read More
1863 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1863, Hines led an invasion into Indiana with 25 Confederates posing as a Union unit in pursuit of deserters. … Read More
Hines went to the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, after his escape in January 1864. … Read More
On several occasions during the war, Hines was forced to make narrow, seemingly impossible, escapes. At one point, he concealed himself in a mattress that was being used at the time; on another occasion, he was confused for the actor and assassin John Wilkes Booth, a dangerous case of mistaken identity that forced him to flee Detroit in April 1865 by holding a ferry captain at gunpoint. … Read More
1866 27 Years Old 1 More Event
However, knowing that Union officials in Kentucky would consider him an exception to the pardon, he remained in Canada until May 1866.


1876 37 Years Old …  In addition, a marker by the Confederate Monument of Bowling Green in Bowling Green's Fairview Cemetery says that Hines died before he could go to the dedication ceremony in 1876, when in reality he died in 1898 and is buried a few hundred feet away.
1878 39 Years Old Hines was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1878 and served there until 1886. … Read More


1879 40 Years Old Hines was a witness to the assassination of fellow judge John Milton Elliott on March 26, 1879, while the two were leaving the Kentucky State House, by Colonel Thomas Buford, a judge from Henry County, Kentucky. … Read More
1886 47 Years Old After his time on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Hines returned to practicing law in Frankfort, Kentucky. In 1886, Hines began writing a series of four articles discussing the Northwest Conspiracy for Basil W. Duke's Southern Bivouac magazine. … Read More


1898 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Hines died in 1898 in Frankfort, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in the Hines series of plots.
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