Austin woman honors great-uncle who served in Civil War

Captured by the Confederate Army, Thomas Vandegrift was among thousands of Union soldiers in an overcrowded Georgia prison camp.

When he was captured in June 1864, Vandegrift — who had left his family’s home in Red Rock Township, east of Austin, to join the Army — tucked $40 under his shirt and suspenders, avoiding detection by the Confederates confiscating valuables. It enabled him to use it later to buy food, mainly oatmeal, from the prison camp’s guards.

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