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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Fifteenth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 13, 1884.

 p81  Thomas M. Tolman
No. 2065. Class of 1865.
Died, Dec. 14, 1883, at Fort Leavenworth, Ks., aged 42.

Captain Tolman was appointed Cadet from State of Maine, and graduated in the class of 1865. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Sixth U. S. Cavalry and served for five years  p82 on reconstruction and frontier duty in the State of Texas. He attained his Captaincy on Nov. 18th, 1867, and transferred to the Third Infantry in January 1871. He served with his new regiment on the Lakes until June, 1874, when the regiment was returned to frontier duty in the Department of Dakota. His company was ordered to the field during the Nez Percés' campaign, and in 1880 he accompanied the regiment to Texas, but was shortly ordered to duty at the Fort Leavenworth School as Instructor in Outposts and Military Engineering. He married a charming lady from Austin, Texas, and at the time of his decease left three sons and his lovely wife to mourn his loss.

Words are inadequate to the expression of a full sense of the feelings wrought in us by the death of a brother officer in the prime of life and in the midst of a promising career, and when we add to these facts the knowledge that our departed comrade was a manly, kind and generous soldier, and an officer of more than average intelligence and ability, and a warm friend, we feel more fully our helplessness in striving to do justice to his memory. Such a man, and more, was Capt. Tolman. It was my good fortune to serve with him for two years, and I learned in that time to respect and to admire him for his soldierly bearing and ability, for his honorable and affectionate disposition, and for his generosity and the large heart that gave so much love and kindness to his charming family, and to those so fortunate as to be placed in the list of his friends. By his death, the service lost a brave and gallant officer, who was greatly respected by his juniors and equals, and who always had the entire confidence of his superior officers in all duties entrusted to him. His friends must mourn the loss of a true-hearted, manly and generous companion.

Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.J. S. Pettit.

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