He gave his life for his country Dec. 31, 1863 at Rogersville, TN.

His final resting place is unknown

George enlisted in the Confederate Army on July, 1862 in Quallatown, NC.  He served with Thomas Legion as a private in Company "F" known as "Conley's Sharpshooters".  He was transferred to the Commissary Dept. on March 7, 1863 and promoted to Sergeant sometime later.  On Sept. 1, 1863 he was promoted to Ordnance Sergeant and transferred to the Regiment Staff (F & S). 

And His Family

All seven of George's brothers served with the Confederate Army.

Bryson, John C.                    Private, 62nd NC Infantry, Co. H, He only served a short time and was

                                                discharged because of ill health.  His son, Samuel William Bryson took

                                                his place and died as a POW at Johnson Island, IL.

Bryson, Carson Patton         Captain, Enlisted as a private in the 16th NC Infantry, Co. A.  Discharged

                                                and re-enlisted as a Captain (Asst. Commissary) in the 62nd NC Infantry,

                                                Co. H and later in the F&S.

Bryson, James Newton         Private, Thomas' Legion, Walkers Battalion, Co. A.  Wounded and lost a

                                                leg due to White's swelling.

Bryson, William Hamilton   1st Lieutenant, Enlisted with the 25th NC Infantry as a Sgt.  Promoted to

                                                1st Lieutenant and transferred to the 62nd NC Infantry, Co. H.

Bryson, Henry Houston        Private, 16th NC Infantry, Co. A, transferred to Thomas' Legion, 1st Co.

                                                A, Transferred to the 39th NC Inf., Co. K

Bryson, Andrew Wilbur       Captain, Enlisted as a 1st Lt. with the 16th NC Inf. Co. A. Transferred to

                                                Thomas' Legion, 1st Co. A  (1st Lt.), promoted to Captain and transferred

                                                 to the 39th NC Infantry, Co. K.  Wounded at Frayser's Farm, VA on


Bryson, Samuel Gallatin       Private, 62nd NC Infantry, Co. H.  Died as a POW in Camp Douglas, IL.

  • In addition their sister Mary Ann Bryson married Jason Conley who served as a Private with Thomas' Legion, Co. F.  Jason was a brother to Mary Elizabeth Conley, George Washington Bryson's wife.

  • Mary Elisabeth Conley's other brother Jessie Conley was a Private in Thomas' Legion, Co. A. He was killed in action in 1863

  • George's father William Holmes Bryson was a Major in the U.S. Army and fought in the Indian Wars.

Other Interesting Family Connections and Facts

  • George Washington Bryson's daughter Elmina Josephine Bryson married William Holland Thomas II, the son of Col. William Thomas, Commander of Thomas Legion.  Ironically Elmina died of fever along with three of her daughters.

  • William Holland Thomas II, mother was Sara Jane Burney Love, the sister of Col. James R. Love, Commander of Loves' Regiment, Thomas' Legion and later Commander of Thomas' Legion.

  • Sara Jane Burney Love's sister Maria M. Love married Lt. Col. William Stringfield, Commander of Love's Regiment, Thomas' Legion.

  • Sara Jane Burney Love's brother was Capt. Mathew H. Love. Commander of 2nd Co. A, Love's Regiment, Thomas' Legion.

  • John R. Redwine served as a Captain in the 45th Arkansas Militia, Co. E.  When the Militia was dissolved he enlisted as a Private with the 7th Arkansas Cavalry.  He was captured and sent to POW Camp in Rock Island IL, where he died of pneumonia.

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These Civil War pages are dedicated to my Great-Great-Grandfather

George Washington Bryson

Ordnance Sergeant

Thomas' Legion, Love's Regiment, Field & Staff

State of North Carolina,

Confederate States of America