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Why wouldn't he move to Texas? Following the conflict, many men took the opportunity to move to another state to ply a new trade, or to be more successful in one they were familiar with. A high percentage of those who moved to the western states were former Confederates, and then formed new alliances with their former Yankee opponents.
As for Thomas B. Lyles, only one is listed in the National Archives, a private in the Illinois 97th Infantry, Company F. This regiment spent all their time in the western theatre, and on May 11, 1865 they were in Mobile, Alabama, and later went to Galveston, Texas. Can't tell if Thomas was with the unit in TX. He enlisted on 9-8-1862, then was discharged for disability on May 31-1865. The rest of the unit was discharged at Galveston on July 29, 1865.
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