Have you tried posting a query on the Civil War Forum? We often get ourselves into looking at states, counties, surnames and the likes and forget there are a "bunch" of other forums, too.
http://genforum.genealogy.com/ -- Find General Topics and click on Wars, find and click on Civil War. If you haven't used this forum before I suggest you browse through some of the queries that have responses.
I would enter what you know about your man, especially where he might have been living when he would have joined. Keep in mind he may have joined in a neighboring county. That might have been the nearest place to enlist (that happened to my Alexander Walker and his father Charlie.) If Thomas had brothers or cousins living near him, include their names at the end of you query. Most often men in the Civil War joined up with kin or neighbors. Who better to watch your back than someone you knew.
Your biggest problem is that common name. So, if you can find someone nearby with less common name that always helps. They don't get much worse than my James Rice, so I always look for him in indexes by searching for his brother-in-law Henry Standefer. They even left their wives in Texas and briefly hit the gold fields in CA.
Happy Hunting (^_^)
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