One of the West’s most effective lawmen, Henry Andrew “Heck” Thomas, was born on January 3, 1850 in Athens, Georgia to parents Lovick and Martha Thomas. When the Civil War broke out, Heck’s father and two of his uncles joined the Confederate Army. Heck was twelve years old and he accompanied them as a courier, traveling to the battlefields of Virginia.
Heck was present at the Second Battle of Bull Run. When Union General Philip Kearny was killed, General Robert E. Lee personally ordered Heck to return Kearny’s horse and belongings to his widow. Years later he recounted the story to his brother Lovick:
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