September 16, 1862, The Charleston Mercury
Col. THOMAS J. GLOVER, of the 1st Regiment S.C.V., died on Sunday, 31st August, 1862, of wounds received at the battle of Manassas. He fell in front of his regiment, in the hottest of the fight, rallying his men to the final charge — with the colors in his hands — in the moment of victory.
After thorough preparation, he entered the South Carolina College in 1846; and at once took a prominent stand. His high character, his excellent talents, his winning manners obtained and secured for him all offices in the gift of the students. Having been the Captain of the College Cadets and the President of his Society, he graduated in 1849 with the honors of his class.
Upon his entrance upon the more active duties of life, he pursued his hereditary profession of the law, and was duly admitted to the bar. With an ardent love for his profession, with a practice more extensive than usually falls to the lot of young men, with studious habits and untiring energy, with thorough preparation and ability in all his cases, he produced a decided impression, both on the bench and the bar, and the proudest rewards of his most honorable calling were within his reach.
His native district, fully appreciating the grasp of his intellect and the strong points of his character, called him to a seat in the Legislature. A States Rights man of the most strict school, at the first outbreak of this revolution he turned his back on the brilliant promises of the future and the treasures of his domestic life, and offered all these as a sacrifice on the altar of his country. His offering has been accepted.
Having been elected Lieutenant Colonel of the First Regiment raised under the call of the Legislature, he devoted the wealth of his talents and of his energy to its preparation for service. As its Colonel he led it on the battle field of Manassas, and before it on the day of trial and victory he met his fate. Though wounded, yet, under a strong sense of duty which was ever his guiding characteristic, he persisted in remaining on the field, and it was only when he had received his second and his death wound that he consented to his removal. In the face of death he calmly prepared for his end; sent soothing messages to her, who had been his chief joy of his life; expressed his perfect confidence in the merits and atonement of his Saviour; and after a peaceful slumber, this Christian soldier passed to his reward.
In his death the State has lost a public man who had already given promise of great usefulness in her councils — his district has been deprived of an eminent citizen — the country will miss a brave, energetic and accomplished officer — and his family — who can estimate their loss, or sound the depths of the flood tide of sorrow which overwhelms them! Among the inner circle of his friends, those who witnessed the bright dawn of his earlier years, and in the quiet walks of college life held sweet communion with him, deep is the pang, and heartfelt the sorrow, as they learn that the best loved of the class of 1849 has gone to meet his God.