Lt. Col. Rhys M. Thomas, 14th Kentucky Infantry, who later became a U. S. Postal Inspector during the 1880s, left the postal service in 1887 and became a Deputy U. S. Marshal in Washington Territory working out of Seattle. After that he returned to the postal service in 1889, and in 1900 - 1901 served as a Postal Inspector in Cuba after the Spanish American war. See below one of his journals dated 1864 from his Civil War Kentucky 14th Infantry days. He mustered in the army 1861 where he served as a private under the command of General James Garfield (future U. S. President Garfield) then mustered out the same year. He then went back to Kentucky and raised a company of 14th Kentuckians and mustered back in as a Captain in 1862, he was promoted to Major in 1863, then Lt. Col. in 1864. He marched with Gen. Sherman to Atlanta and fought in all the battles of that campaign.